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YouTube Music app gets many 1 star ratings on Play Store

Google recently abandoned its old and trusted Google Play Music service. The platform launched in November 2011 and has since garnered over 5 billion downloads from the Google Play Store over its decade long lifespan.

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the service was recently replaced by Google’s YouTube Music, which launched in 2018.

GPM is still available on the Play Store for some reason. Ignore my 1 star rating (I was quite frustrated)

This came as no shock, however, as GPM had started showing its age with its horribly dated interface clamoring for updates. Google had other plans, however, and left it as is.

Additionally, the Google Play Music app had asked users to migrate their library to YouTube Music for several months before it closed completely.

And the inevitable finally happened last month when users started seeing the following when opening the Google Play Music app.

Remnant of the defunct GPM application

Google had finally removed the service for good. Or did he do it? Recent reviews of the YouTube Music app on Google Play Store suggest a different story.


Thousands of hardcore Google Play Music users have left one-star ratings on the YouTube Music Play Store page. The result is more 1 star ratings than 5 star ratings.

At the time of writing, Google’s latest music service has achieved a much below satisfactory rating of 2.9. The users are clearly unhappy. And it shows.

I shouldn’t have tried to fix what ain’t broke… I loved GPM

There have already been a slew of complaints on the service’s official forums regarding several issues like missing songs, no desktop streaming option, and issues loading files from the device’s storage.

However, it is important to understand here that the app is fairly new and all good things take time. There are also a lot of positives in the YouTube Music app, starting with the fact that music is mostly available for free.

YouTube Music video streaming functionality

YouTube Music also offers some unique features that are lacking in other competing apps like Spotify. One of them is the ability to stream music videos. The app also offers seamless syncing of playlists with the main YouTube service.

It should be noted, however, that these complaints mainly come from Android users. IOS users seem to be receiving the app well. Or, it just might be that the app isn’t that buggy on iOS.

Another obvious reason for YouTube Music’s 1 star ratings is the fact that almost all Google Play Music users are limited to Android. They were the only ones who were forcibly moved to YouTube Music from GPM.

And their frustration led to bad reviews on the Google Play Store.

A ray of hope for YouTube Music

All is not lost for Google, as YouTube Music’s rating on Apple’s App Store is 4.7, which is commendable.

YouTube Music on the Apple App Store

It further indicates that the wave of bad ratings is due to a buggy app on Android, issues during the big Google Play Music migration of 2020, and users who just don’t like the app.

This wave will eventually pass, as more and more former MDM users get used to the new app and Google releases new updates to fix bugs and further refine the experience.

Additionally, there are new users joining the total YouTube Music downloads as we speak, and they are bound to like the app. Well, at least most of them.

That being said, let us know your thoughts on YouTube Music’s 1-star ratings in the comments below.

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