Google Play Music disappears. Google’s first music service will be shut down in December 2020. To retain your data, you will need to switch to YouTube Music ̵1; or download it. Here’s what you need to know.
When will Google Play Music go away?
Google has announced that “YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by December 2020.” YouTube Music is Google’s replacement for Google Play Music. It seems to have the same large library of streaming music, but the interface is changing – and the app you use to stream is also changing. 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 from October 2020. (Shutdown date is September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa.) If you are currently paying for a Google Play Music subscription and do not transfer your account, Google will cancel your subscription at the end of your billing cycle in October (or September in New Zealand, South Africa.)
But you will be able to upload everything you have in Google Play Music – your playlists, music uploads, purchases and the like – to YouTube Music. The transfer service will be available at the end of December 2020.
After December 2020, Google will delete your Google Play Music data from its servers.
How to switch to YouTube Music
You can transfer your Google Play Music account using Google’s YouTube Music Transfer Tool. This is a one-time transfer process that migrates all your Google Play Music data to YouTube Music. Visit the website and click “Start Transfer.”
Whether you subscribe to the Google Play Music streaming library or have uploaded 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 your music after the switch.
If you are an existing subscriber, you will now be charged via YouTube but your monthly subscription price and benefits will remain the same (“unless you are in a fluctuating currency site”, according to Google.) Although YouTube now charges extra for the benefits you pay for you will retain any discounts.
Once you’ve switched, go to the YouTube Music website and use the YouTube Music apps for Android, iPhone and iPad to stream your music.
How to download your music
If you’ve done with Google Music Services, you can also download all uploaded music and take it with you.
Until the end of August 2020, you can still use the Google Play Music Manager app to download your uploaded music files from Google Play Music.
You can also use Google Takeout to download your Google Play Music data and take it with you. Make sure “Google Play Music” is checked to download everything – from a list of all the songs that you have added to your library to all the music files that you have uploaded. Google Takeout should work until Google Play Music shuts down by the end of December 2020.
Not a fan of YouTube Music? Try Spotify or Apple Music instead.