Google Play Music will be discontinued. Google’s first music service will shut down in December 2020. To save your data, you’ll need to switch to YouTube Music – or download it. Here’s what you need to know.
When will Google Play Music cease to exist?
Google has announced that “YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music in December 2020.” YouTube Music is Google’s replacement for Google Play Music. It appears to have the same large library of streaming music, but the interface changes – and the apps you will stream with have changed too. Google has added features from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, including the ability to upload and stream your own songs.
You will no longer be able to use the Google Play Music app to stream music starting October 2020. (Deadline is September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa.) If you currently pay for a Google Play Music subscription and don’t transfer your account, Google will cancel your subscription at the end of the billing cycle in October (or September in New Zealand sn South Africa.)
However, you’ll be able to transfer everything you have on Google Play Music – playlists, uploaded music, purchases and likes – to YouTube Music. Transfer services will be available until the end of December 2020.
After December 2020, Google will delete your Google Play Music data from its server.
How to Switch to YouTube Music
You can transfer your Google Play Music account by using the Google YouTube Music transfer tool. This is a one-time transfer process that will transfer all your Google Play Music data to YouTube Music. Visit the web page and click “Start Transfer.”
Whether you subscribe to the Google Play Music streaming library or upload some of your own songs and use Google Play Music to listen to them – or both – you can continue to use YouTube Music to play music after the switch.
If you are already a subscriber, you will now be billed via YouTube, but the price and benefits of your monthly subscription will remain the same (“unless you are in a location with a fluctuating currency”, according to Google.) Even if YouTube is now charging extra for profits that you pay, you will still get the discount you have.
Once you’ve switched, head to the YouTube Music website and use the YouTube Music app for Android, iPhone, and iPad to stream your music.
How to download your music
If you’re done with Google’s music service, you can also download any music uploaded and take it with you.
Until the end of August 2020, you can still use the Google Play Music Manager app to download music files that you uploaded from Google Play Music.
You can also use Google Takeout to download Google Play Music data and bring it with you. Make sure “Google Play Music” is checked to download everything – from a list of all the songs you add to your library to any music files you upload. Google Takeout is supposed to work until Google Play Music shuts down at the end of December 2020.
Not a YouTube Music fan? Try Spotify or Apple Music instead.