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YouTube Music is replacing Google Play Music: Here’s where, when, and why

May 24, 2018 / Julian Chokkattu and Brendan Hesse

Google’s music strategy is confusing, and its latest effort to streamline everything isn’t helping. The company announced major changes to its streaming lineup on Thursday, May 24, including a reimagined YouTube Music service, but there are some real lingering questions left unanswered after the dust settled. We reached out to Google to clarify the details of its new service, as well as how it affects Google Play Music, which is the default music app on many Android phones.