YouTube Music app has been downloaded 500 million times

Even though the YouTube Music app has been around for about 5 years now, it has only recently seen high adoption among Android users. This comes amid Google planning to unify its various platforms, and will start shutting down Google Play Music in South Africa this month, and all markets by October. The user migration to YouTube Music has seen the app now passing 500 million downloads.

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Originally the app was built to give users a different way of watching music videos on YouTube, but was relaunched in 2018 as a fully-fledged music streaming service. The goal was always for it to replace Google Play Music, as it offered a great way of serving up the music videos of songs being streamed.

In the past year the app has been preinstalled on all devices that come with Android 10 out of the box, so once a person opened the app on their phone it registered as a download. This doesn’t mean that they actually use the app, but they will need to soon as Google Play Music starts shutting down.

Don’t worry, all your hard work in creating playlists and your library won’t be lost, as transferring to YouTube Music is very easy:

  • Click on the transfer button in the app, and your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations and personal taste preferences will move right over.
  • Your updated recommendations will appear immediately on the app’s home screen, and we’ll notify you via email and notifications when your music library transfer is complete and your music is in the “Library” tab.

“Fans can enjoy the ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free, or enjoy YouTube Music Premium, a paid membership that gives listeners background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience”, Google said.

Have you migrated to YouTube Music? How are you finding the service? Let us know in the comments below.