YouTube support says Music app for Wear OS rolled out in May 2021
New updates are added at the bottom of this story …….
The original story (published August 10, 2021) follows:
Google has been working on several big changes for Wear OS at once. Last month, the Big G began rolling out a Material You overhaul of the Play Store app for the operating system.
With that we got a very minor preview of YouTube Music which has been in the works for quite some time now.
You see, the updated Play Store UI now displays filters for “Watch” and “Watch faces” to find wearable apps that can be remotely installed on the watch.
Searching for YouTube Music on the store showed a list of its Wear OS app when selecting the Wear OS filter. However, other than that, there was no other information present on the list.
Of course, this also means that no screenshots were present and the app was not installable. The bottom line of all of this was that Google was and probably still is doing internal testing for YouTube Music for Wear OS.
However, fast forward to today and there has been some pretty confusing development on the matter.
TeamYouTube on Twitter, in response to a tweet from a user about the location of YTM for Wear OS, said the app was already available from May 2021.
But a glance at the Watch OS subreddit would bring you to a post from a confused user who still hasn’t got YouTube Music on the watch version of Android.
An application developer yt: “oh shoot! I forgot to post “
As it stands, said availability never really took place. And those eagerly awaiting its arrival, especially former users of the now defunct Google Play Music service, are waiting for the app to come to this day.
So why would YouTube on Twitter claim that YTM for Wear OS has already been rolled out months ago, too, despite there being clear evidence pointing to the app’s ongoing development?
Honestly, we have no idea. It is possible that the service rollout for Wear OS actually started in May for a very small number of users. But there is no supporting evidence.
The reality is that Watch OS users who were used to Google Play Music have been unreasonably forced to quit the service and still don’t have a suitable alternative.
So, a more plausible explanation is that YouTube’s Twitter handle is simply wrong here.
Either way, we’ll be keeping an eye out for Google’s next step for YouTube Music on Wear OS and update this article accordingly, so stay tuned to PW.
Update 1 (August 13)
11:23 am (IST): New reports now indicate that YouTube Music may not be available on older Wear OS 2 smartwatches. More on this in Google’s own post here.
Update 2 (August 25)
13:43 (IST): While we still don’t have a standalone app for YouTube Music on the Galaxy Watch 4 and the app uptime Tweet has been removed, demand is still quite high.
Now a YT Premium user has shared some screenshots, a first impression of YouTube Music on Wear OS 3.
Update 3 (August 26)
12:23 (IST): YouTube Music is now available on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. However, there are some limitations, as all YouTube Music plays must be at 128kbps AAC bitrate.
Besides, it is primarily designed for offline playback, as the only way to play music appears once you have selected and downloaded your favorite songs or playlists. More on that here.
Update 4 (September 03)
12:51 (IST): After months of speculation, we now have an official release statement for the YouTube Music app for Wear OS 3. However, the experience seems a bit limited for non-premium users. Here is the statement.
We are launching YouTube Music for Wear OS. Watches running Wear OS 3 will be able to enjoy a brand new app that allows you to easily browse your playlists, recommendations, downloads and allows YouTube Music Premium subscribers to download music for offline listening without ads even without your phone nearby. The app also makes it easier for you to control playback and gives you the option to add songs directly to your library with the “Like” button.
Available for Premium members with devices running Wear OS 3 *
* Free tier members can only listen to their downloaded music.
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