Taking into account the potential of YouTube, the online video streaming portal par excellence, it was surprising that Google hadn't decided to use to compete with other music services of the likes of Spotify or Apple Music. Just bear in mind that a great part of its catalog is made up of music clips and files that only offer the audio over a static image or with the song's lyrics.
Therefore, many users use it as a method to listen to music for free without having to pay a monthly fee, as in the case of Spotify, and with fewer adverts. And that's the main reason behind the development of YouTube Music.
The service here to replace Google Music.
This application specially dedicated to music is based on playing videos uninterruptedly from stations according to the user's taste and that the latter can customize to his own liking. It doesn't matter if you prefer music for studying, relaxing, modern music, from the 80s', metal, rock, punk, Keltic, folk, elevator songs or build a torture chamber with Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Luis Fonsi songs. That's up to you but you'll find it all in this app.
- Listen to any song, artist, or album available on YouTube.
- Enjoy hundreds of thousands of playlists and create your own.
- Receive customized suggestions according to your musical tastes.
- Discover new artists that are now trendy.
- Possibility to listen to music offline from your phone.
- Access official music videos, full albums, and covers of the greatest hits.
Once you download this APK, you'll be able to access YouTube's spin-off developed with the intention of making the most of YouTube Red, the paid service of Google's platform that offers content free of adverts. Furthermore, it offers us the possibility to listen to music with our screen off (not available in the free version) and to create mixtapes to listen to offline, without an Internet connection.
The only problem regarding YouTube Red isn't its price (very similar to other online music alternatives) but in the fact that it isn't available in all countries. However, the main advantage of YouTube Music can be found in its catalog. As it's the same as the video portal, you can just imagine how big it is.
What's new in the latest version
- Adds Mix Discoveries, a customized playlist for each user that's out every Wednesday.