Say goodbye to Google Play Music, the service will be permanently discontinued in December 2020 and with it all of your music if you don’t transfer it.
According to a new blog post from Google, from September you will no longer be able to access the service to stream your favorite music if you live in New Zealand or South Africa, and everyone else will be excluded from streaming in October this year.
While Google is preparing to close its longstanding Play Music streaming service, the company has activated a new transfer function in the YouTube Music app that allows you to bring your music, playlists and settings on YouTube to your new home.
According to Google, all subscribers to Google Play Music should have received an email with detailed instructions on how the migration works. In essence, however, this is as easy as downloading the YouTube Music app and clicking the submit button.
The good news is that you can take all of your uploads, purchases, songs and albums added, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations, and personal taste preferences with you during the transition, and there̵
You can still use both services at the moment, but Google is asking users to start the transition early to avoid panic if Play Music shuts down later this year.
How to save your Google Play Music songs to YouTube Music
According to Google, subscribers to Play Music should generally have no problems transitioning to the new service and have provided three steps to move all of your songs, playlists, and settings:
Step 1. Download the YouTube Music app (iOS / Android).
Step 2. Click your profile picture in the top right corner.
Step 3. Touch Settings.
Step 4. Choose Transfer from Google Play Music.
Step 5. That’s it. Your updated recommendations will immediately appear on the YouTube Music home screen and Google will notify you when your music library transfer is complete.
Are there any advantages to YouTube Music?
If you’ve been using Google Play Music for years, it can be difficult to leave it behind. You’ve probably gotten used to how things work in the app, and you’re more than a little suspicious of the transition to a service that hosts a billion cat videos.
But frankly, YouTube Music has some big advantages over Play Music.
For starters, YouTube Music has a larger song library – somewhere in the ballpark of 50 million songs compared to the 30 million you may have had on Google Play Music.
Second, you get YouTube’s sophisticated recommendation engine using YouTube Music, which helps you find new songs easier and faster.
If you’re already a strong YouTube user, Google offers a subscription that combines ad-free YouTube and YouTube Music Premium for $ 11.99 (£ 11.99, AU $ 14.99) per month and also allows offline viewing.