16 months later, YouTube Music is still a missed opportunity

As Yet Another Streaming Music Service steps into the on-demand listening arena — this time Pandora, with a new Premium offering that adds a more traditional twist into the company’s long-standing personalized radio option — I got to thinking about Google Play Music and what sets it apart in a sea of streaming-audio sameness.

Nuances aside, after all, we’re reaching a point where most of the major streaming music services are pretty darn similar when it comes to both pricing and features. So aside from the occasional lingering issues of platform compatibility (namely how Apple Music somehow still doesn’t offer web-based access — iTunes, in 2017? Really?), the decision of what service you use comes down mostly to a combination of familiarity and inertia.

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