With the news that YouTube will soon stop hosting musical content of indie artists who have not signed up for its upcoming subscription model, one thing has been confirmed: The era of Google forcing its products onto people who don't want it is in full swing.
This doesn't sit too well with proponents of online freedom who believe it's about time that the tech giant's massive user base looks for alternatives.
Most people online would make you believe that there are no alternatives to YouTube or Gmail. Quite the contrary!
Here are a few of the best alternatives to Google's biggest products:
While it'd be inaccurate to imply that Vimeo and Daily Motion have proved to be able alternatives for YouTube, they do have all the tools to be just that in case YouTube goes out the window.
Again, Bing may not be as popular as the search engine monopolist, Google.com, but there is nothing lacking in it from a technical point of view. In fact, experts believe it is even better than Google for image and video searching. Give it a try sometimes. It might surprise you.
Apple Maps reputation suffered a great deal due to the problems of its first few years. Since then, the Cupertino-based company's developers have cleaned up the mapping service really well, and now it's on par with Google Maps. Unfortunately, the stigma has remained attached to it. From a performance point of view, both Apple's and Nokia's maps are top-notch.
Like most of its other services, Gmail is the dominant player in the market it operates in. At last count, it had almost a half-billion active monthly users, making it the largest email service of the world.
Its service certainly is a lot faster and efficient than the industry's former giant Hotmail's, but there are a lot of other options available online that offer more than a decent service. FastMail is just one of the many. It may come as a surprise, but a lot of people stick to Gmail out of inertia than anything else.
Android fanboys, may not agree with it, but Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch OS, Tizen all have their highs to go with their lows. This is without taking into account Google's mobile Operating System's main rivals, Apple iOS and Windows Phone.