"the often cumbersome experience of browsing songs on YouTube"
Oh, you mean the fact that the "Music" page has the same 10 freaking videos featured for years and that certain music genres are virtually non-existant?
Or maybe the fact that you choose a genre only to get totally irrelevant (but obviously paid to be there) results?
Independent musicians won't shed many tears over this. There are many other platforms to exhibit one's work. It was already really hard to find anything other than Miley Cyrus on Youtube, unless you knew exactly what you were looking for...
When they mentioned this story on the radio this morning, my wife said that the major hangup was that YouTube was expecting the artists to pay for the "privilege" of having their songs hosted. That's right: instead of paying the artists a licensing fee (like, say, radio stations & other music streaming services would), YouTube is expecting the artists to pay them.
YouTube Accused of Strong Arming Indie Music Labels
Basically, youtube will make life miserable for those not accepting the terms for youtube publication and wanting to go their own way. Of course as a company it is within their rights to do so, but as a society we have the right to tell them 'do it as we like it, or you don't do business here', and this behaviour is dangerously close to monopolistic given the size of youtube/google so we have the moral right, even obligation, to act.