Google Play Music will stop working completely in December
Google provided more details today about shutting down its Google Play Music. The company said it will replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music by December 2020.
If you still haven’t transferred your music libraries to the new platform yet, there is still time to do so.
But in the coming months, you will no longer be able to stream from the Google Play Music app. Your playlists, uploads and purchases can be transferred to YouTube Music until December 2020.
After this period, you will no longer be able to access it.
A transfer tool to facilitate transfer
In May, Google provided a transfer tool that you can use to transfer your libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music. This tool can bring all the music and data you collected in Google Play Music.
But first you need to download YouTube Music. Once you’ve downloaded and installed on your Android or iOS device, you can start importing your entire library with just a few clicks.
The best thing about this tool is that every song and album found in your library will be transferred to the new platform. And yes, that includes the playlists you created.
Details of each song will also be transferred. And these would include songs that you have âthumbs upâ and âthumbs downâ for. This information will be used to organize recommendations on YouTube Music.
Google created Play Music in 2011. It has allowed users to download thousands of songs for free to stream to other devices. For many users, this is their primary way to play their music while using their Google Home smart speakers.
Unfortunately, users have neglected it for many years.
Instead of maintaining it, Google chose to create a competing music streaming service, namely YouTube Music. Most of the users prefer it over Google Play Music. For this reason, Google decided to merge the two apps, which was announced in 2018.
YouTube Music emphasizes music videos. It is also designed with modern features. It also mixes up all your active history on YouTube. That is, you will see your liked videos and subscriptions. These have been classified as music in your collection.
This app is designed to increase Google subscription numbers. That is why it is only useful for people who wish to pay a monthly fee. But the app won’t let you stream your music to your Google Home speakers. If you want to do this, you need to pay the monthly fee first.
Of course, you have the option of just using other platforms like Apple Music and Spotify. But Google wants you to keep your interest in making a lot of improvements to YouTube Music.
Google also announced today that it has already included features that will allow you to create collaborative playlists. It redesigned the user interface and added the Explore tab.
Currently, YouTube Music is far behind its competitors. Most people still go for Spotify or Apple Music. Currently, Spotify has over 135 million subscribers, while Apple Music has over 60 million paying and tracking users. YouTube Music, meanwhile, has 20 million subscribers.