Google is shipping the latest version of its Android operating system with YouTube Music pre-installed. With this step, YouTube Music effectively replaces Google Play Music as Android 10’s default music streaming app.
“YouTube Music (…) will come installed on all new devices launching with Android 10 (and Android 9), including the Pixel series,” declared YouTube Music product manager Brandon Bilinski in a blog post Friday.
The replacement of Google Play Music with YouTube Music on Android 10 devices is just the latest step in a long and slow process to turn YouTube Music into Google’s answer to Spotify and Apple Music. The company has announced that it wants to eventually shut down Google Play Music, but hasn’t said yet when this might happen.