Google has decided to shut down its Google Play Music as it will now focus on YouTube Music as the music app. The music services for users will shut down in New Zealand and South Africa in September. While in all the other global markets where the app has a presence, it will shut down in October.
YouTube Music launched in 2015 has an edge due to the support from the Youtube video app. It was clear that Google will sooner or later discontinue its Play Music app. Google replaced it with Youtube Music as a default music player in Android 10.
This became more evident when Google launched the transfer tool back in May. Using the tool users can transfer their Google Play Music library to YouTube Music. Google always focused on having a single product for its customers, two music apps were overlapping, it was clear that one has to go.
Playlists, libraries, and music content on the app will show up until December. In 2021, Google Play Music will do away completely. Starting the month, users won’t be able to buy more tunes to listen on the old app.
Besides, Google has been adding many features to YouTube Music. The new set of features includes a redesigned player page, a new explore tab, and additional integrations with existing Google services.
“We’re announcing two important updates. First, YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by December 2020. Users will have the opportunity to transfer their music libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music in that timeframe,” said YouTube in its Blog post.
“Second, in the coming months, Google Play Music users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app. Additionally, we are making changes to the Google Play store and Music Manager,” YouTube added further.
Google Play Music Data
Present Google Play Music users can transfer their data to the YouTube Music app through the transfer tool. This tool will transfer all your data starting from songs, playlists, likes, and dislikes to YouTube Music app playlists.
Another option is to use Google Takeout that will allow you to export and download all you data of music files on the app along with account data and store where ever you want to.
If you are in no hurry, then you can take your time to transfer the data through any method suggested above. Google has announced that it will hold on the GooglePlay Music account data till December 2020.
New ways to enjoy YouTube Music
Now users can use the app on the Android TV after a new update released. Users can listen and see videos to their favorite music and live video performances by their favorites artists. The app has been integrated with Google Maps. Users can listen to music and get personalized recommendations on the Maps.
Google Home and Nest smart speakers will have google assistant for users who want to ask the app for their favorite music to play. “Hey Google, play recommended music from YouTube Music.” Then, Google Assistant will share personalized recommendations based on your favorite artists and genres.