Google has announced that YouTube Music will become the default, preinstalled music player for new Android 10 and Android 9 devices, and also its own Pixel smartphones.
“Music fans on Android phones can now easily unlock the magic of YouTube Music, which will come installed on all new devices,” said Google in its announcement.
Until now, YouTube Music has required a separate download from Google Play. The app will also come preloaded on new devices that ship with Android 9 Pie.
Since the launch of YouTube Music, Google has said the service will ultimately replace Google Play Music as its sole music platform.
Google, of course, has also operated Google Play Music, which launched in 2011. YouTube offered a subscription tier called YouTube Red and rebranded later to YouTube Premium, which provided access to both Google Play Music and YouTube Music.
Google Play’s subscribers would also receive access to YouTube Premium. As of last May, Google also allowed users to buy YouTube Music separately.
“Google Play Music listeners with new Android 10 devices can continue to enjoy Google Play Music by downloading it from the Play Store and logging into their accounts,” said YouTube Music product manager Brandon Bilinski.