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YouTube is Nation's Top Smartphone App for Music

YouTube is Nation's Top Smartphone App for Music

The company stated: "With more than 1.8 billion global monthly users, YouTube charts is the new go-to destination to see what's popular, what's rising and trending both locally and globally on YouTube".

Google's answer to Spotify is YouTube Music, which offers a new desktop player and reconfigured app that is designed around music playing.

However that was not the case, or at least maybe not yet.

That being said, it's not hard to see that with Google blurring the lines between YouTube Music and Play Music, we wouldn't be surprised if eventually they will merge them together or kill Play Music off as the previous rumors have suggested. In other words, it doesn't sound like they're just slapping a label and a price tag on the existing YouTube content you know and love - it'll be that stuff along with the usual amenities of a streaming music service.

YouTube is Nation's Top Smartphone App for Music
YouTube is Nation's Top Smartphone App for Music

Some users of the service are understandably anxious, despite promises Play Music will remain unchanged. So YouTube needs to count on its points of difference - particularly the "exclusive" user-generated content - to make attempt #4 a success.

Apple Music might be all-in on premium subscriptions, but YouTube Music will instead offer a Spotify-like model, letting users choose between free and paid versions of the service. Play Music subscribers will also have their song collections, playlists and preferences migrated to YouTube.

Trending - updated numerous times throughout the day to give a real-time view of the most popular music on the platform. Furthermore, it lets you watch YouTube videos without ads, play videos in the background on mobile so you can still hear what's happening, and download videos for offline playback. Yet another contender in the music streaming industry has stepped up to the plate. Perhaps worse is how every album you've added to your library shows up as a playlist in the standard YouTube library - having dozens of albums obscuring the actual video playlists you've created or subscribed to is a definitively bad user experience. If so, then you'd be correct: it's called Google Play Music and it's still around today. (Previously, the music streaming features in Red were often overshadowed by the marketing around original series.) "We determined that rebranding to YouTube Premium was a better fit to explain the added value and new benefits", says Adam Smith, vp product management at YouTube, adding that originals "have been a key driver of subscriptions for YouTube Red, and we expect that to expand under YouTube Premium". It now has a total of 44 destinations that can be tracked including the United Kingdom and the US.