Saturday, June 2, 2018

YouTube Music

Looks Like I Have The New YouTube Music

So, I'd been expecting an email to let me into the new YouTube Music. Never got the email, but it turns out that somewhere behind the scenes, I did get access. My biggest concern about this whole new rollout is that I'd lose what I have in Google Play Music - My collection that I've been building for 30 years (format shifting my cassette tapes, CDs, and Vinyl to digital formats) stored in the cloud, and seamlessly merged with "rented" albums that I get with my subscription. A close second is that my listening suggestions would be influenced by the silly videos that I sometimes watch on YouTube, and finally, that I'd have random "fan created" nonsense included into my listening. These things are just a novelty to me, and I'm not interested in having them show up in my listening. 
I've started playing around with this thing, and I'm not yet impressed. 

First Thoughts

All of the information I'm seeing online indicates that my Google Play Music goodness will be merged into this new service...I feel a little better about things, but until I see it, I'm going to have reservations. 

The Good

I was able to add the new Ghost album to my collection and listen to that. Just that, without any videos. 

The Bad

  • The suggestions are based on my random watching of stupid YouTube videos - mostly useless.
  • No options to upload my personal library (yet).
  • No connection to my existing Google Play Music library - no listening history, no access to my existing uploads, no access to my existing purchased albums. 
  • No podcasts.
  • Across the board, 1 relevant suggestion - I broke with my normal YouTube habits, and checked out a video for one of the new tracks on the Ghost album. 
I suppose there is a reason they're trying to push this new service, but it's pretty clear that I am not the target audience.