My day has finally arrived. I finally got the thumbs up to be one of the users that can successfully move my Google Play Music library over to YouTube Music with just one click. You can check here if you want to see if your account is ready for transfer. Count me in as one of the users who never saw anything wrong with Google Play Music, but also as one who knows that things transition and is mostly on board to give it a real try. Well, except for one, nagging, silly, and entirely-avoidable pitfall: proper Chromecast support on the web. Google owns YouTube. YouTube was one of the first Chromecast services. Chromecast support is baked into YouTube on mobile, on the web and basically anywhere it lives. How in the world, then, are we at this stage of the game and YouTube Music still exists without built-in Chromecast support on the web? And before anyone starts to mention the ability to cast a tab in Chrome, realize that this comes with huge trade-offs over just building in the standard Chromecast API.
YouTube Music no longer requires a premium subscription to listen to music on a Chromecast device.
First, a disclaimer
YouTube Music is finally opening up Chromecast support to everyone. A major feature gap between the two services that we've been complaining about has been the restrictive Chromecast support. On Google Music, casting just worked for everyone. On YouTube Music, casting was restricted to people paying for the monthly streaming service. For the bring-your-own-music crowd, this meant if you wanted to cast music you own to speakers you own, there was no alternative but to subscribe to a streaming service you probably didn't want.
Option 1: Plex
In under six months, YouTube Music will be Google's one-and-only music service. Google Play Music is scheduled to shut down at the end of the year, leaving YouTube as Google's one-stop media brand. As part of this transition, YouTube Music recently added the last great Google Music feature to its lineup: music-library support.