Life with YouTube Music on Android Auto Isn’t Easy as New Problems Found

Google keeps insisting on users to try out YouTube Music, both on their phones and in the car, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the experience overall is everybody’s cup of tea.
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As many people know already, YouTube Music is the service Google picked as a replacement for the rather popular Google Play Music, with this one getting the ax in late 2020.

And while YouTube Music is said to be ready to replace Google Play Music in its entirety, Android Auto users certainly think otherwise.

Not a long time ago, these users complained that even listening to their own music, sometimes purchased from Google through Play Music, required a subscription in YouTube Music, as the app didn’t allow them to log in and access their libraries without paying first.

The Mountain View-based search giant eventually resolved this by adding a free tier for YouTube Music, only that users who make the switch from Google Play Music come across more and more shortcomings, some of them on Android Auto too.

For example, one of the biggest problems spotted recently concerns the local music library, which for some reason doesn’t show up in full on Android Auto when using YouTube Music.

In other words, YouTube Music only displays some tracks from the local library while ignoring others, and reaching these is actually quite a challenge because they’re not even showing up in search results.

Theoretically, this is a known issue that the Android Auto and YouTube Music teams are already working on, but on the other hand, there are absolutely no specifics as to when a fix could land and what users are supposed to do in the meantime.

With Google Play Music going dark once and for all, it’s very clear that life isn’t easy with YouTube Music on Android Auto, and the one to benefit from the whole thing is none other than 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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