Google’s Music App Acting Up on Android Auto, Everyone Missing Google Play Music

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YouTube Music is Google’s big bet in the music streaming battle, and Android Auto users certainly know this very well.
The Mountain View-based search giant has previously killed off Google Play Music, a service that everybody on Android Auto really loved, and replaced it with YouTube Music, even though the platform wasn’t yet ready for the car experience.

Since then, however, Google has been working around the clock on refining YouTube Music pretty much everywhere, including in the car, yet this doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is working properly.

For example, recent reports coming from users on reddit indicate that YouTube Music is actually failing to shuffle playlists correctly on Android Auto, as the app just keeps playing the same songs over and over again. It’s not exactly clear what’s happening, but users explain that nothing works to bring YouTube Music back to normal, as the app eventually ends up playing only a bunch of tunes in a loop.

The same thing appears to be happening both on the full version of Android Auto and on Android Auto for phones, with some reporting that everything works correctly when disconnecting the mobile device from the car and head unit.

In other words, there’s a very good chance Android Auto is the one to blame, though of course, only Google can tell this for sure.

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do in the meantime if you’re also struggling with this error, as even clearing the cache of the app doesn’t bring the shuffling system back to normal.

Of course, everybody is missing Google Play Music, the app that Google killed off last year and which worked so great on Android Auto. However, with GPM already retired completely, YouTube Music is the only option for those who want to remain part of the Google ecosystem, though problems like this one are pushing more and more users to the likes of Spotify.
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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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