Google already has a streaming music service called Google Play Music, but it’s kind of a mess. You can pay to listen to music on demand. You can upload your own music to the service and stream it without paying a penny. Or you can listen to ad-supported, Pandora-like “stations” based on artists, songs, or themes for free.

But the user interface is confusing and difficult to navigate when you want to switch from one method to another.

Meanwhile, Google subsidiary YouTube has its own music app that offers a free, ad-supported way to stream music from YouTube. Or you can spend money on a YouTube red subscription to go ad-free and get more features like offline video. Oh, and you get a free Google Play Music subscription with YouTube Red, which makes me wonder why you’d get one but not the other.

But apparently Google thinks those confusing options are too confusing… or something. So the company is allegedly working on something new.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the new service could launch in March, and it’s internally being referred to as Remix or maybe YouTube Remix, although it’s unclear if that will be its final name.

Remix would allegedly “include Spotify-like on-demand streaming” and extra features from YouTube “such as video clips.”

On the one hand, having a single app that offers music streaming and music videos would certainly make more sense than offering two different sets of apps. But the current mashup of features with a complicated user interface doesn’t exactly leave me confident that a Remix app with music and video will be easy to navigate.

It’s also unclear if it’ll really be all that different from Google’s current offerings. Then again, maybe all the company really needs is a new name to help differentiate its subscription music streaming service from that cloud music locker service the company launched years ago and that repository of cat videos that launched in 2005.

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6 replies on “Google’s next music streaming service sounds just as confusing as its last few”

  1. Has anyone been able to get Google Home’s free music service to play specific selections from their own music that has been uploaded?

    1. I can’t try because I’m paying for it but I recall from previous discussions I’ve seen that it might work if you put the music into a playlist.
      Not very sure. Good luck.

  2. I have GPMusic now and don’t find it an issue.I suppose it’s how you use it. You don’t really need to sign up for anything else. Just log into youtube with an account that has GPM and you automatically have YTRed. Or vice versa.
    Usually I just ask to hear what I want to hear from GHome or use the web interface on my desktop. The web interface doesn’t seem that confusing.
    I don’t know. I’m cool with it. Think it’s the best streaming service going given the wide amount of youtube music and lack of ads when just watching Youtube as well. All that live music isn’t necessarily available on other music streaming services because it’s never been officially released.
    I’m cool if they try something new as long as they don’t change the basic nature of what they have on offer now.

  3. GPM could use some love form a usability stand point. I personally don’t think it’s THAT confusing though. That being said I’m an “all access” subscriber so that might make things a bit easier.

    Oddly enough if GPM knows a track is on TY, it will give you the option to watch the video and it’s been that way for sometime. So…….they sort of have an all in one app right now….

  4. Google’s track record with messaging apps (Allo, Duo, Messenger, Hangouts) doesn’t inspire confidence.

  5. Somewhat related to confusing music apps, one nice thing Amazon has done with their player is add an Alexa button. It works well even in the noisy environment of a car.

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