Google has long since switched its music focus to YouTube Music. Despite that, Google Play Music has reached five billion downloads.
Yep, you read that right. Google Play Music is only the sixth app to reach that impressive milestone. YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Search, and Chrome were all first. Of course, it helps when all of these apps are pre-installed on Android devices.
That’s why Google is making YouTube Music the new default music player for Android 10.
Google Play Music has strong support from early adopters. Google offered a limited-time promotion for $7.99/month when the music streaming service launched. Those who were grandfathered in at that price are hesitant to leave, but that day is fast approaching.
I enjoyed Google Play Music for years before switching to Spotify. The switch happened when Google stopped offering updates for the GPM app and started taking away features. I made the switch this year and haven’t looked back.
Most die-hard Android users are making the same decision as Google falters. Can you name any other company with an app that has achieved five billion downloads that is left out to dry?
You’d be hard-pressed to find any app that reaches that level of success in the first place. It’s unfortunate, but something Google fans have come to expect over the last few years.
Google has a well-known reputation for re-inventing the wheel and killing products with no rhyme or reason. Google Play Music will join the heap of dead Google projects like Reader, Waves, and Allo.
At this point, it’s better not to get invested in any Google ecosystem too much. You never know when an app or service will be up on the chopping block. Google can’t even be consistent with its successful products like YouTube. Instead, they brand and re-brand YouTube premium subscriptions on a whim.