As long as Google Play Music, we barely knew you. That’s not true – we’ve known you for almost nine years and you’ve pre-installed on about one billion Android phones. But you will not be much longer: Google retires for Play Music in October, in favor of the shiny new YouTube Music.
Play Music had a promising start, offering an alternative to the iTunes Store for MP3 purchases and giving users free storage to stream tens of thousands of their own songs from Google̵7;s servers. Google has eventually added a premium option and advertising-supported streaming stations. But the constitution has been on The Wall for Play Music for a while, when the digital music scene shifted to all-in-one services like Spotify. YouTube Music is Google’s answer to this and it has already urged its customers to move over to their existing libraries.
Play Store’s MP3 store will close later this month, with no more sales being accepted by users. Streaming of purchased or loaded music ends in September in New Zealand and South Africa (for some reason), with the rest of the world following in October.
Google will store the customer’s music and playlists for a little longer, and will not delete all data until December. Users have until then to initiate a transfer to YouTube Music, where purchases, uploads and playlists are preserved.