It’s official: YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music in December, Google announced in August. And over the next few months, Google Play Music users will lose access to streaming in the Google Play Music app. But YouTube Music recently introduced a tool to help you transfer your entire library, profile, and playlists from Google̵7;s streaming service to YouTube’s renewal with just one touch. YouTube Music also gets some new features that can make it a bigger competitor to streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.
At this time, you still have time to access Google Play Music, move your music, and get used to the YouTube Music interface. However, you can no longer purchase, pre-order, upload or download music from Google Play Music through Music Manager. Users in New Zealand and South Africa can no longer stream or use the Google Play Music app. In the United States and other areas globally, it will happen sometime this month.
You can still find your playlists, uploads, purchases and likes in Google Play Music until December so you can make your transfer to YouTube Music. However, your Google Play Music library will no longer be available after December.
YouTube Music released a tool back in May to help you move your music, playlists and preferences to the platform, which we will explain using below. Or you can use Google Takeout to export a copy of your library while deciding what to do with it. If you have not done so yet, it’s time. If you do not transfer your account, Google will cancel your subscription at the end of the last billing cycle (you will be notified in advance).
As of last year, YouTube had Music and Premiumcompared to about 130 million on Spotify. Where YouTube Music stands out from its competitors is in its deep integration with your YouTube and Google profiles, which means better recommendations for you, companies say. Because many people use YouTube to discover music, the Music app tracks your video searches and determines what you might want to hear next.
How to move your music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music
1. Download the YouTube music app for iOS or Android. (Or if you want to do it from a desktop, go to music.youtube.com/transfer and click upload.)
2. You’ll see a upload button at the top of the screen in both Google Play Music and YouTube Music. Tap it from either the app and your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, collected stations and personal taste preferences all start moving from Google Play Music to YouTube Music.
3. Depending on the amount of music in your library, the move may take up to a few hours. You can close the app and use your phone in the meantime and open it to track progress if you wish. You will receive a notification and an email when the transfer of your music library is complete.
4. Open YouTube Music and find your music on the Library tab, along with updated recommendations.
If you listen to podcasts on Google Play Music, you can also upload your subscriptions and section progress to Google Podcasts by going to podcasts.google.com/transfer.
What’s up with YouTube Music?
YouTube Music works via an app and a web player and offers more than 50 million official songs, albums, deep cuts, B-sides, live performances and remixes.
YouTube has recently added several new features, based on user feedback:
- Create playlist: Playlists can now have up to 5,000 songs (instead of the previous 1,000). You can also do a quick search from within a playlist to add a new song and add music videos to playlists along with songs. Stations from Google Play Music are now available in YouTube Music as playlists and you can search through their tracks.
- Uploads: Listen to your uploaded and purchased music from Google Play Music after uploading or add up to 100,000 personal tracks to your YouTube Music library (only Google Play 50,000 is allowed).
- Offline listening: Paying members can download any song, playlist or music video or let a smart download feature (currently only available on Android) do it for you.
- Explore the tab: A new Explore tab offers music discovery, including new music and playlists by mood or genre.
Another cool feature: Switch to the lyrics of a song while listening to get karaoke ready or to its music video that is played in real time with the song.
How much does it cost to move to YouTube Music?
Right now, pricing is the same between Google Play Music and YouTube Music. You can listen to an ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free or pay for YouTube Music Premium for $ 9.99 (£ 9.99, $ 11.99) a month, which includes background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience. You can also subscribe to YouTube Premium to get these benefits across YouTube, for $ 11.99 (£ 11.99, AU $ 14.99) per month.
Google Play Music Unlimited members are automatically moved to the corresponding level for YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium based on their current subscription, at the same price.
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