YouTube Music is about to become the default audio player on Android and take the place of Google Play Music. New upcoming features have been discovered in the APK source code of the latest version of the app, indicating that Google is working on such a replacement.
YouTube Music is available in France as YouTube Premium since June 2018, and it will take more and more importance in the Android ecosystem. The application is preparing to replace permanently Google Play Music on our smartphones. Digging into the APK source code of version 2.59.51 of YouTube Music, released this November 20, 2018, 9To5 Google has found several elements in this direction.
YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music on Android
In particular, Google is preparing to make YouTube Music no longer a simple streaming music service but a true full audio player. The app will have access to the internal storage of mobiles to play files through this. Note that it already requires users to access the internal memory, but this feature is not yet supported. This should change soon. When you want to start a song in this way without first granting access to its files to YouTube Music, the following message will be displayed: “The track can not be played”.
This gradual replacement of Google Play Music and its upcoming demise is not a surprise, we suspect since we know the ambitions of the Mountain View company for the newcomer, which continues to improve at thanks to updates: YouTube Music now offers high quality audio playback up to 256 kbps for example. The goal is to make it a must for our mobiles to legitimize themselves against Spotify or Deezer.
We also learn in the code of the latest version of YouTube Music that Google is working on an option to launch music without doing anything from the opening of the app. No loss of time to choose a playlist or other, the user will immediately enjoy content. The automatic night download of titles for offline mode when the smartphone is connected to the WiFi network is also provided, with the possibility of setting the volume of songs to download each time.