Google is slowly but surely getting ready to shut down Play Music, and YouTube Music is its replacement, for better or worse. The company has been adding features to bring YTM up to speed with GPM, but there are still plenty of areas in which it lags behind. Android TV support is one of those, and Google has solved this in a strange way.
Rather than launch a dedicated YouTube Music app for Android TV, Google is baking it into the existing YouTube app. A server-side update has added a new “Music” tab to the sidebar of the YouTube app on Android TV. This tab includes the typical YouTube recommendations along with content from your Music account. It’s not an ideal implementation.
The tab shows your likes and playlists from other users, your mixes, genre and mood stations, your own personal playlists, artist stations, and recommended playlists. However, there’s a lot that is lacking due to the YouTube app not being a music player. Background playback is not available, meaning you can’t leave the app. There are no shuffle or repeat options, nor is there a toggle to switch between audio and video. You can’t do any management of your playlists. No access to your full library or uploaded music, either.
Unsurprisingly, a video app isn’t great at also being a music player. Honestly, you’re better off simply casting YouTube Music from your phone to your Android TV. Hopefully, this implementation is just a hold-over until a full standalone app is released.
Via: Android Police