YouTube Music reaches 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store

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Replacing a popular music streaming service has always been a difficult task, but YouTube Music has now reached 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store.

While that’s an impressive number, with Google Play Music set to visit Google’s great graveyard in the sky soon, YouTube Music will replace GPM on all Android devices are moving forward. On top of that, the app comes pre-packaged with all devices that ship with Android 10 and above (via Android Police).

This has undoubtedly boosted the download and install numbers of YouTube Music, which was officially relaunched in 2018. The install base will likely grow as those with large Google Play Music libraries will essentially be forced into the weeks future.

For those who don’t want to move, we have some decent alternatives you might want to check out. However, if you’ve downloaded or installed YouTube Music and just haven’t enjoyed it, we’re sorry that we can’t help you further. Even the transfer tool may not be a saving grace.

500 million downloads are nothing to complain about, even if they were artificially inflated. It’s frustrating that we haven’t seen most of Play Music’s popular features come to the service yet, but we’re starting to see more and more with each passing week. Perhaps he will become a solid successor over time. For now though, you’ll likely have a “love or hate” relationship with YT Music.

As YouTube Music installs and downloads will continue to grow, we should hopefully reach parity with the old service soon. Maybe Google could even do some cool new things to improve YouTube Music in the long run too – we’ll just have to wait and see if that comes to fruition.

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