Google Will Begin Shutting Down Play Music Next Month

Google Will Begin Shutting Down Play Music Next Month

Google Will Begin Shutting Down Play Music Next Month

As long known Play Music is being replaced with YouTube Music - Google continues to roll major consumer media services under the iconic YouTube brand.

A shutdown message has been appearing in the Google Play Music app for months now.

(Pocket-lint) - We knew it was coming, but now it's confirmed: Google will commence shutting down Google Play Music from September 2020.

In September, users in New Zealand and South Africa will begin to lose access to streaming on the app altogether and all other global markets will follow suit in October.

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In May, Google announced that it was finally killing off the Google Play Music app and transitioning existing customers to YouTube Music. Now, the company has announced that all music collections on Google Play Music will be deleted in December and has set out a timeline showing users what to expect.

The search giant has been teasing the end of Play Music since Youtube Music entered the scene in June 2018.

YouTube Music focuses on streaming content, as well as remixes and live renditions that are only available on YouTube. Simply use voice commands like " Hey Google, play recommended music from YouTube Music" and any device that supports Google Assistant will start playing the songs you asked for.

Google says that late August onwards users won't be able to pre-order music or upload/download music from Google Play Music through Music Manager.

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To take your Google Play Music data and export it elsewhere, you can use the Google Takeout tool to get an archive of your playlists and MP3 files purchased over the service.

On music.youtube.com/transfer, subscribers can click on Transfer to move their data. The transfer tool will transfer everything from your likes and dislikes to your playlists to your YouTube Music account. Google is keen to push all its streaming to premium subscription services. If you decide YouTube Music isn't for you, you can download your collection from there. After December, that data will be purged, so you'll want to make sure you've grabbed everything before then. For those who primarily stream subscription tunes, the change to YouTube Music won't be too painful.

YouTube Music has been revamping its "Now Playing" experience and has added the "Recent activity" carousel as a test in Brazil, according to 9to5Google. It has redesigned the user interface and added the Explore tab.

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