Google’s tune technique is complicated, and its newest effort to streamline the whole lot isn’t serving to. We reached out to Google to explain a couple of questions we had with the release of the re-imagined YouTube Track carrier, and the way it impacts Google Play Track, which is the default tune app on many Android telephones.
Google has two tune streaming services and products: Google Play Track, which introduced in 2011, and YouTube Track, which debuted in 2015. In case you bought a subscription to Google Play Track, you additionally were given get admission to to YouTube Pink, an ad-free model of YouTube with get admission to to top class content material.
Now, there’s been a shake-up. YouTube simply introduced an absolutely made over and re-imagined model of YouTube Track. It has get admission to to 1000’s of playlists, songs, albums, artists, and extra; and it has neat options like the power to seek for songs by way of obscure descriptions or lyrics. There’s a unfastened model with advertisements, or you’ll be able to pay $10 a month for YouTube Track Top class, which gives “background listening, downloads, and an ad-free revel in.”
YouTube Pink is now referred to as YouTube Top class, and it is going to nonetheless supply an ad-free revel in throughout all of YouTube, along side background play, the power to obtain movies to observe offline, and get admission to to YouTube Originals. YouTube Top class comprises the brand new YouTube Track Top class revel in, even though, so its worth is now $12 per 30 days, versus the former $10 ticket for YouTube Pink.
So that you could damage it down: YouTube Track means that you can movement tune with advertisements; YouTube Track Top class means that you can movement tune with out advertisements, and has a couple of additional perks; YouTube Top class will give you an ad-free revel in on YouTube, with some further options and get admission to to YouTube Track Top class.
So the place does that depart Google Play Track?
Naturally with all this streamlining, you’d assume Google would simply exchange Google Play Track with the brand new YouTube Track revel in, proper? A large number of information web sites appear to assume so, claiming that the long-standing carrier will ultimately get replaced via the brand new YouTube Track — however there’s no legit affirmation that is the case.
“In case you use Google Play Track, not anything will trade,” Google mentioned within the weblog publish.
Present YouTube Pink and Google Play Track subscribers within the U.S., Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, and Mexico “will proceed to get the options they already experience on the identical worth they pay as of late.” In different international locations, Google Play Track subscribers will routinely get get admission to to YouTube Track Top class as quickly because it’s to be had in the ones international locations.
We requested Google if Google Play Track will be replaced at a undeniable cut-off date, and a Google spokesperson didn’t say sure or no. As an alternative, the spokesperson reiterated that not anything will trade for Google Play Track subscribers. So it doesn’t appear to be Google Play Track is at the slicing block anytime quickly.
When requested if Google Play Track subscribers will simply be capable to transition to YouTube Track Top class with the similar library of tune, the spokesperson merely mentioned “not anything will trade for Google Play Track subscribers.” It’s unclear why Google Play Track subscribers within the U.S., Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, and Mexico gained’t in an instant get get admission to to YouTube Track Top class, however the ones in different international locations will.
Since Google Play Track is the default tune participant on many Android telephones, we requested if YouTube Track can be pre-loaded onto Android telephones. The Google spokesperson mentioned the corporate has no “plans or information to proportion.”
Right here’s what else we showed:
- Circle of relatives plans are nonetheless to be had for present and new Google Play Track subscribers.
- There can be no podcasts on YouTube Track or YouTube Track Top class. As an alternative, you’ll be able to get admission to podcasts via Google Play Track, or Google Seek on Android, in addition to the Google Assistant.
- You are going to no longer be capable to add your individual tune to YouTube Track as you’ll be able to in Google Play Track — a minimum of, “no longer at the moment.”
So sure, Google’s tune technique continues to be a complicated mess that calls for a little of clarification — no longer in contrast to its messaging technique. Expectantly we’ve cleared a couple of issues up, however we’ll undoubtedly know extra within the coming weeks and months as the brand new YouTube Track continues to roll out. It’ll release in early get admission to on Would possibly 22 to make a choice international locations.