YouTube Music is Going PWA

Posted on October 29, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in YouTube Music with 10 Comments

YouTube Music is apparently converting into a Progressive Web App (PWA) this week and adding support for native playback controls.

News of the change was first reported by 9to5Google, but it’s not clear what they’re basing this on. When I check the YouTube Music website, it’s just a normal website and doesn’t offer an “Install” prompt in Chrome or the new Edge. But 9to5Google says that the change is on the way and is not yet “fully deployed.”

Obviously, you can already pin YouTube Music to your taskbar using either browser (in Edge, it’s Menu > More tools > Pin to taskbar, and be sure to open edge://apps, right-click YouTube Music, and uncheck “Open in full browser.”).

And the new keyboard playback control support does already work.

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10 responses to “YouTube Music is Going PWA”

  1. jimchamplin

    This is semi good news!


    The unfortunate part of it is that they’re still bungling along with YouTube Music, which is in every way inferior to Play Music. At least we can have a PWA with terrible audio quality. ?


    Did these clowns ever consider what a boneheaded move it is?

  2. wolters

    I've been more than patient with this bungled migration from Google Play Music to YouTube Music but I have to say, they've finally been making rapid progress in this conversion...just hope it doesn't slow down to a crawl... Music Locker and Completing their music library needs to be next priority...

  3. sephdk

    I got the install option in Chrome, so it is happening. But when will it be in the Microsoft Store? ;)

  4. glenn8878

    Better than nothing especially when the app store has nothing. PWA still has no use scenario on Windows. If Windows wants to be mobile, then they need to fix their launch screens, but recent previews look really bad.

  5. Lordbaal

    I'll stick to the web version.

    I don't see the point of PWA on the desktop. When a browser works just as good.

    • CajunMoses

      In reply to Lordbaal:

      True, if simply going from a using a Web app to using a PWA. Though some might argue that a PWA running in its own window potentially looks and behaves more like a native app.


      The real advantage is when a PWA supplants an Android app on Chrome OS, which is designed to be the perfect platform for Web apps and, hence, also for PWAs. But I really look forward to the prospect of PWAs supplanting mainstream native apps on Android OS, Windows, Mac OS, and iOS.

  6. Lateef Alabi-Oki

    The install option is available on standard Google Chrome.

  7. Rob_Wade

    Sure. Why not? Then it can be as horrible an app as Twitter is. I have yet to see a PWA that I thought was worth anything.

  8. yourvideoststus

    youtube music is good feature but other than sub. fee

    I think PWA is no use in windows

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