YouTube Music About to Replace Play Music on Android Devices

YouTube Music is on its way to let Android users play on-device audio files, expected to replace Play Music. This feature is now rolled out to some of the users.

The current Library tab in Play Music consists of various collections, including Downloads, Playlists, Albums, Artists and Liked Songs. Whereas this new function is live in YouTube Music, as noted by MSpoweruser.

Artists page now have two tabs, named YT Music and Device Files. YT Music consists of lists of the bands and musicians that user have subscribed to on YouTube, while the Device Files shows the audio file that you have stored either in internal storage or on SD card.

Certain limitations, unlike that of Play Music, have been noticed that the songs cannot be added to playlist or queue along with the YouTube Music. Also, it is unable to cast device files to another device, same like Google Cast which function by sending streaming links.

YouTube Music About to Replace Play Music on Android Devices

The code for this feature was recently added into YouTube Music APK. However, what not revealed before was, a browser which is now available in the app, and whenever any music file in Android device is tapped upon, a player is opened.


As it appears that Google is about to replace Play Music with YouTube Music, a client would be needed by OS to handle audio playback. Soon, Play app would may not be pre-installed onto Android devices.

The playback capability of YouTube Music is not rolled out to many so far, especially not on the device having version 3.13 or earlier.

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