Google to merge Play Music & YouTube Red into new service

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Google has confirmed plans to unify Play Music and YouTube Red, creating a stronger service in the face of competition like the increasingly video-saturated Apple Music.




"The important thing is combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music, and having one offering," said YouTube's music head, Lyor Cohen, at a New Music Seminar panel in New York, according to The Verge. The executive was responding to a question about why Red isn't more popular with music fans.

A merger of the two services has been rumored for some time, and in a separate official statement, Google acknowledged those plans.

"Music is very important to Google and we're evaluating how to bring together our music offerings to deliver the best possible product for our users, music partners and artists," the company said. "Nothing will change for users today and we'll provide plenty of notice before any changes are made."

On top of presenting exclusive shows, YouTube Red strips away ads while enabling offline caching and background playback -- making it possible to treat YouTube as an on-demand music service. Indeed the company's YouTube Music app is geared around this.

Play Music offers more conventional on-demand music, its distinguishing features being time- and location-based playlists, as well as more options -- including personal library uploads -- being available for free.

The services are already joined in two key respects. Google merged development teams earlier this year, and customers who pay for one service automatically get the other, even if they currently have to use different apps.

Video has become one of Apple Music's standout features, with a growing number of documentaries and plans for more TV-style programming on top of shows like "Planet of the Apps" and "Carpool Karaoke."

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 1,871member
    That logo looks like a slice of a pepperoni pizza
  • Reply 2 of 7
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    Now they can claim more users. Customers jumped from 300,000 to a whopping 305,000.

    Where are all the "Giggle is doomed" articles?
    I'm sure there's plenty "Apple is doomed" articles for Apple not having as much paid customers as Spotify's free users. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    Another day, another half-baked Google service(s) that don't stand the test of time.

    I seriously hope no one here is relying on Google Photos. I'm sure that will be spun off into something else too before long.
    cornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 7
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 21,096member
    Another day, another half-baked Google service(s) that don't stand the test of time.

    I seriously hope no one here is relying on Google Photos. I'm sure that will be spun off into something else too before long.
    Yes, there's probably a user or two here. 500 million unique users of Google Photos as of May 2017. Over 1.2 billion photos on average uploaded by subscribers every day. Roughly 14 petabytes of photos so far. 
  • Reply 5 of 7
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 21,096member
    cali said:
    Where are all the "Giggle is doomed" articles?
    That's pretty much the feeling around here isn't it? Apple will bury all of 'em. 
  • Reply 6 of 7
    gatorguy said:
    Another day, another half-baked Google service(s) that don't stand the test of time.

    I seriously hope no one here is relying on Google Photos. I'm sure that will be spun off into something else too before long.
    Yes, there's probably a user or two here. 500 million unique users of Google Photos as of May 2017. Over 1.2 billion photos on average uploaded by subscribers every day. Roughly 14 petabytes of photos so far. 
    Fools. It'll be discontinued by next month.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 7
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 21,096member
    gatorguy said:
    Another day, another half-baked Google service(s) that don't stand the test of time.

    I seriously hope no one here is relying on Google Photos. I'm sure that will be spun off into something else too before long.
    Yes, there's probably a user or two here. 500 million unique users of Google Photos as of May 2017. Over 1.2 billion photos on average uploaded by subscribers every day. Roughly 14 petabytes of photos so far. 
    Fools. It'll be discontinued by next month.
    Side wager? :)
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