Android Auto Users Claim YouTube Music Locks Songs They Own, Asks for Premium

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Google now allows users to transfer their Google Play Music accounts to YouTube Music, but as some have discovered recently, this isn’t necessarily a good idea if you’re using Android Auto.
And this is because YouTube Music only runs on Android Auto if a subscription is available, which means that those who are migrating from Google Play Music can’t even listen to their own songs.

A discussion thread on Google’s forums has plenty of users complaining that after switching to YouTube Music they can no longer access their own libraries of songs that they uploaded and purchased from Google Play Music, simply because the new service keeps asking for premium.

And there’s no way to get around the prompt, which means that their music is more or less locked, as Google Play Music itself is being retired too.

Oddly enough, some of those who purchased a subscription for YouTube Music also claim they are unable to use the app on Android Auto for the very same reason: a prompt keeps asking them to buy premium when launching the app on the car’s screen.

I'm also getting an error saying I need a premium subscription - however, I actually DO have YouTube Premium and it still complains that it can't play. It's actually gotten worse lately, as it used to be only a few select artists that AA would complain about. Now it's everything, and I've gone back to using GPM in the car,” one user explained earlier this week.

There’s not much users can do right now, other than going back to Google Play Music or switch to a different media player that comes with support for Android Auto.

There are lots of music players out there that support local libraries, and three of the most popular are Poweramp, Musicolet, and Auri Music, all of them available free of charge and offering Android Auto support.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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