It's official: Google Play Music will bite the dust sometime later this year. Ahead of this, YouTube Music on Tuesday unveiled a new tool to transfer the entire library, profile and playlists from Google's streaming service to YouTube's remodeled one with just a touch. YouTube Music also gets some new features that could make it a bigger competitor to streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.
Google has not said exactly when its music streaming service will disappear, though we have been waiting for it to happen for more than a year already. Currently, users have access to both services, giving them time to move over their music and get used to the YouTube Music interface. You get a lot of attention before Google Play Music finally turns off, Google said in a blog post.
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As last year, YouTube Music and Premium had 20 million paid subscribers. Where YouTube Music differs from its competitors lies in its deep integration with your YouTube and Google profiles, which means better recommendations for you, the companies say. Because many use YouTube for music discovery, the Music app tracks your video searches and decides what you might want to hear next.
Move your music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music
1. Download the YouTube app for iOS or Android. (Or, to do so from a desktop, go to music.youtube.com/transfer and click transfer.)
2. You'll see a transfer button at the top of the screen in both Google Play Music and YouTube Music. Click on it from either app, and your uploads, purchases, songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations and personal tasting preferences will all start moving from Google Play Music to YouTube Music.
3rd Depending on how much music is in your library, the move can take up to a few hours. You can close the app and use your phone in the meantime and open it again to track progress if you want. You will receive a message and an email when your music library transfer is complete.
4th Open YouTube Music and find your music on the Library tab and updated recommendations.
If you listen to the podcast on Google Play Music, you can also transfer your subscriptions and section progress to Google Podcasts by visiting this site.
What's with YouTube Music?
YouTube Music works through an app and web player and offers more than 50 million official tracks, albums, deep cuts, B-pages, 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 a playlist to add a new song and add music videos to playlists along with songs. Google Play Music stations are now in YouTube Music as playlists, and you can search their tracks.
- Uploads: Listen to your uploaded and purchased music from Google Play Music after uploading or adding up to 100,000 personal tracks to your YouTube Music library (Google Play Music only allows 50,000).
- Offline listening: Paying members can download any song, playlist or music video, or let a smart download feature (only available on Android currently) do it for you.
- Explore tab: A new tab Explore offers discovery of music, including new music and playlists of mood or genre.
Another cool feature: Switching to the lyrics of a song while listening to be karaoke-ready, or over to its music video, played in real time with the song.
How much does it cost to move to YouTube Music?
Right now, prices are 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 per month, which includes backlighting, downloads and an ad-free experience. You can also subscribe to YouTube Premium to get these benefits across YouTube for $ 11.99 per month.
Google Play Music Unlimited members automatically move to the corresponding level YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium based on their current subscription, at the same price.
For more, check out 5 tips and tricks to get the most out of YouTube Music.