YouTube Music will widely gain three big weapons soon in its fight against Apple Music and Spotify

YouTube Music will widely gain three big weapons soon in its fight against Apple Music and Spotify
Almost three years after originally launching YouTube Music and around 18 months after reimagining the service as a direct rival to the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, Google seems to be finally taking this fight seriously, replacing the not-very-good Play Music app as the default on new Android phones and working tirelessly of late to improve the streaming platform's functionality and convenience.

While pretty much all these apps do the same basic things, playing unlimited ad-free tunes on a long list of supported devices for similar monthly fees, it appears that advanced music discovery features and various types of personalized playlists are helping the two aforementioned market leaders stand out from the crowd. But YouTube Music looks ready to make up a lot of that ground with Discover Mix, New Release Mix, and Your Mix additions.

These tools are part of the platform's grand new vision detailed by Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan at a conference in San Francisco, although technically, the New Release Mix feature has been available for many users for quite some time now, while Discover Mix started rolling out a couple of weeks ago in what essentially turned out to be public beta testing. Mohan says all three playlists will be widely released in the coming weeks, aiming to put a whole lot of "great music in front of the users."

Instead of manually searching for new stuff to listen to, premium YouTube Music subscribers will be able to visit an enriched "Mixed for You" section of the app where these three tools are featured. 

In a nutshell, Discover Mix will combine tracks from artists you already like with similar tunes from singers and bands you may have never even heard of. New Release Mix, meanwhile, focuses, well, on new songs and albums that you might enjoy based on your listening habits and history. As for Your Mix, you can probably expect a combination of the other two playlists, with both new and old stuff from well-known and lesser-known artists, also compiled by analyzing your streaming habits and preferences.

If it perhaps feels like the service is throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks, that's... probably a fair assessment, but if even one of the regularly (weekly) updated playlists catches on, that could be yet another big reason for people to give YouTube Music a shot.

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4 Comments

1. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

"replacing the not-very-good Play Music app " why is considered that? I'm using for past 3 years, I tried to switch to Spotify and Tidal, their interface and the music collection for my taste made me to get back to Google.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is PhoneArena. Besides YouTube music combines the best and latest videos as well. Which both Spotify and Apple Music don't offer. But naturally there is no mention of that.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Really good point. I actually like the Play Music app, I consider the navigation of it easy and probably the m ost intuitive of the big 3.

4. AllMyXsLiveInTX

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 10, 2019

Ditto....no complaints with Play (works well with Sonos and Waze). If Google really wants to convert Play users to Music, they need to transfer their Library and Playlist. The last thing I want to do is rebuild everything.

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