Google Launches YouTube Music for Android & iOS

Nov 13, 2015, 15:27
Google Launches YouTube Music for Android & iOS

Released on Tuesday, Android users are now able to download the beta version of Apple Music for Android (via TechCrunch).

Same features: Android users subscribing to Apple's music subscription service get the same features that Apple users do.

That's in the short term, at least.

Devices running Android 4.3 and above can download it for free from Google Play.

First announced back in October, YouTube has officially unveiled its YouTube Music app for the iPhone.

The interface of the application seems similar to its iOS mate. the app doesn't seem to completely follow Google's Material Design, the style language the Android-maker introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop. This one has actual content though, and is less likely to irk Google. After much anticipation, Apple has finally released a version of Apple Music for Android, somewhat. However, while Beats Music has also been available on Windows Phones, there won't be a version of Apple Music available for Microsoft's platform.

Like its competitors, YouTubeMusic lets you listen to more than 30 million audio tracks and boasts personalized recommendations and radio features. But it will interesting to see if it can gain traction and help boost YouTube Red's subscription numbers.

The app is free but a YouTube Red membership will get rid of the ads and allow for offline listening. The developers believe that YouTube Music is a standalone app and it is not, in any way, a replacement for the Google Play Music.

The Spotify rival arriving on Android is especially great news for those who have used Apple Music over the past few months on an iOS device, but now have moved over to Android. With the app, Apple hopes to tap into the Android-dominated market of music streaming service.