YouTube Music (free/subscription)
With the eventual absorption of Google Play Music, YouTube Music is preparing for its time in the sun instead of being something of a black sheep. YouTube is one of the largest platforms of music in the world and YouTube Music allows you to access all of it. It is free to use with ads. You will need to download YouTube Music and get a Premium subscription ($10 per month) if you want ad-free listening, offline downloads, and background listening (with the screen locked). Otherwise, you will get YouTube Music Premium rolled into that subscription if you pay $12 per month for the YouTube Premium subscription (also coming with ad-free videos).
Google Play Music (free/subscription)
Many people may expect Google Play Music to have disappeared by 2020. But it remains here and is currently transforming into the YouTube Music app, which is very good news for music lovers.
Google Play Music still gives you full access to your cloud-based music collection on the go as well as from the Play Music website. The design is clean, lined with custom radio stations, and hand-picked playlists. A subscription costs $10 per month and allows you to access to Google’s massive song database, smart recommendations, personalized radio stations with unlimited skips, and YouTube Premium as well. That subscription will transition into a YouTube Music Premium subscription that is good for background listening, ad-free music, and downloads.
With the free version of Play Music, you can still upload up to 50,000 songs to Google’s cloud without getting any ads while listening to your collection. Although Google’s musical offerings remain a little confused, Play Music is still a great option even if it asks you to transfer over to YouTube Music. However, you can resist change until you’re forced to move.