Google has two different services for music representing YouTube and Google. The setup has always been odd to me and I always wondered why it wasn’t just one combined thing. Now it looks as though Google is actually considering this.
In speaking on the two teams being merged a Google spokesperson stated “Music is very important to Google and we’re evaluating how to bring together our music offerings to deliver the best possible product for our users, music partners and artists. Nothing will change for users today and we’ll provide plenty of notice before any changes are made.”
Last year saw the combination of the teams on the business end, but it appears that the development teams that work on the apps are still split. By combining the services—which do the same thing at the core but offers different experiences—Google can have one app that allows users to explore the best of both services in one app.
As it stands both services exist in this space where Google isn’t really competing with services like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and Amazon Prime Music. YouTube Music and Google Play Music are definitely both in the streaming music game, but rarely are both included when talking about competitors to Spotify, they’re the unmentioned services in a crowded market. Also when services are combined it often points to a company making a push with the service in that market.