Google's known for having multiple overlapping services at once – its handling of a variety of messaging services is something of a joke in technical news. Another example is Google Play Music, launched as early as 2011, and YouTube Music, the competing brand that Google launched as a way to leverage YouTube's status as a de facto music store.
After years of uncertainty and cross-promotions, finally preparing to transition users of Play Music to YouTube Music in permanent capacity. Over the next few weeks, Play Music users will receive emails and instructions in the app to upload their libraries to YouTube Music. This transfer process will include all the major features of Play Music, including:
- Purchased songs and albums
- Uploaded personal music (upload limit upgraded to 100,000 songs)
- Saved playlists
- Podcast Subscriptions (live now on the Google Podcasts app)
Users do not need to initiate the transfer for now and free users are not charged for any new services. Those who subscribe to Google Play Music for premium features like ad-free radio streams can pay for the same features with YouTube Music Premium – both are $ 10 / month for individual accounts.
Not all Google users with a Play Music account will see transmission alerts or emails immediately. But sometime in the near but unspecified future, Google will start turning off Play Music seriously.