YouTube Music is the pathway forward for streaming music if you’re using Google. They’ve gone through a couple of iterations of streaming services already and YouTube Music has been subject to a fair bit of criticism. Personally I quite like it, but there are some issues in terms of feature parity with its predecessor: Google Play Music.
A criticism that has prevented a lot of users from migrating to YouTube Music is the lack of personal library. Although it should be taken with a pinch of salt, the APK teardown by 9to5Google suggests change is coming — it is just a matter of when hopefully.
The code in the teardown had the following included:
<string name=”library_artists_introducer_title”>Artists at a glance</string>
<string name=”library_artists_introducer_message”>Primary artists on albums and songs in your library will show up here. Artists you subscribe to are listed under subscriptions.</string>
<string name=”library_songs_introducer_message”>Songs from your albums will now show up here along with your added & liked songs – shuffle them all!</string>
<string name=”pref_library_management”>Manage library</string
I’m not an Android development expert, but it seems that the code is also specifically showing “your library” and the ability to manage your personal library.
Seemingly all good news right? The code isn’t yet enabled and – as with any apk teardown – there’s no guarantee it will be. I believe the likelihood is that it will be since this removes a barrier for lots of users to migrate to YouTube Music permanently, something Google wants everyone to do.