Google Play Music Will Be Totally Phased Out Later This Year

Ruben Fields
August 5, 2020

The goal, as one can understand, is to convince users to migrate to YouTube music so that Google can shut down Play Music. The latest set of updates rolling out to YouTube Music add new features such as the ability to play recommended music via Google Assistant, allowing external devices to start playback, and bring over the "Recent Activity" section, in addition to other recent changes such as Android TV support and Google Maps integration. This means, from October, no matter where you are, you won't be able to use the Google Play Music app at all, let alone streaming music from it.

Additionally, starting later this month Google will no longer accept purchases for music within its Play Store.

Google touted enhanced features it has added to YouTube Music "including many that are important and familiar to Google Play Music users", in the hopes of keeping those users in the fold.

Here's how it will work: You have until December to move your Google Play Music library to YouTube Music before you lose everything.

To transfer your data from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, subscribers can follow any of the two options.

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December 2020. Access to Google Play Music for all users is gone. If you are continuing on to Google's YouTube Music then using the dedicated transfer tool is the easiest way to move your music history over.

Now that we have a final date for GPM who is transferring to YouTube Music and who is opting for other services? The first is to visit music.youtube.com/transfer and click on Transfer. After the end of the year, Google Play Music libraries will no longer be available.

Google says that it will transfer the full Google Play Music library that includes uploaded and purchased songs, playlists, stations, albums, songs in the library, liked and disliked songs, as well as the billing information of the subscription. However, the process could take several hours, and the way older Play Music content is integrated with the YouTube Music app is confusing. The company will convert the Google Play Music subscription to the equivalent tier of YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium.

Google's strategy is to throw all its weight behind YouTube Music, as it continues to battle global rivals Spotify and Apple Music.

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