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YouTube Music Poised To Replace Google Play As Android Default Audio Player

YouTube-icon-full_colorA look at the under the hood of a recent YouTube Music app update shows strong evidence that Google may be about to make it the default music player within its Android operating system. The move could help catapult YouTube Music from also-ran to top tier music streamer.

Apple guaranteed the success of iTunes and later Apple Music in 2003 by making it the default music player preloaded on all Apple iOS devices.

A similar APK teardown in November revealed that YouTube Music was experimenting with a feature that would on play all "audio files on your device,” a crucial step to replacing Play Music on Android devices as the default audio player.

Reaffirming that YouTube Music will replace Google Play as the default audio player on all Android devices are now new icons suggesting YouTube Music could be "systeminstalled."

"The icons themselves are identical to the current version, but there is a new naming scheme," according to 9t05Google.  

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  1. At night i work on my upcoming album and before i touch anything! its the default google play music i turn to to get my session going. U know the one that came with the phone…
    The ads are overlay no interrupted ads, u can click off the screen and music continues! Hands down the best music app!
    Youtube can’t perform these functions..guess ill load up my walkman jr

  2. The premium Youtube (which comes with the google play subscription) gets rid of all ads on youtube AND allows you to switch out of app/close screen while it plays.
    This, imo, is worth the $10 a month on its own, and comes with the “spotify/apple music”-like service of google play music for free basically.
    The rumors are that youtube music will be replacing the google play music app and they have recently updated the ytm app. It’s definitely a work in progress.

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