- Oct 29, 2010
What is worse about it?
- The music library doesn't feel like a personal 'collection'. Albums are not ordered alphabetically but rather by date added. Doesn't even have a nice page - feels tacked on to the last played section. It's a real downer feeling like your beloved collection doesn't mean anything to Google.
- Browsing all available curated content is not easy, but GPM is crap at that too.
- The best radio station in GPM, New Release Radio, doesn't seem to exist in YT Music. The (rather awesome) new personal mixtape isn't a replacement for that.
- The crippling background colour problem isn't helping usability. Jesus, I can barely read half the stuff. I hope this gets fixed soon.
- Player controls in the bottom left corner of the web app is a bewildering design decision.
- Can't upload music as you can with GPM. This is a crushingly disappointing difference between them.
- Following/subscribing to an artist also follows them on Youtube. So I'll never follow anyone, and possibly miss notifications about new releases.
However, I am liking a lot about the service. As I mentioned above, it is starting to make me question how long I'm going to need Spotify for.
- Curated playlists seem to be substantially better than on GPM.
- The now playing view is flippen awesome.
- Having tracks play their music video automatically if it's available instead of show album art is very cool. On mobile not so much, but certainly on desktop. The giant album art is great even when there isn't a video.
- The dark colour theme is much less retina-searing than GPM.
- Ad-free Youtube justifies the expense single-handedly.
I'll reserve judgement for a few days. It would be very convenient if YT Music turns out to truly be brilliant, as I want Youtube Premium for the ad-free Youtube anyway.