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Google Play Music app shuts down, music transfers cannot be made after December 2020

After Google Play Music shut down for the web last week, the service has started shutting shop for app users as well asking users to move to YouTube Music app.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | October 23, 2020 | Updated 11:09 IST

Highlights

  • Google Play Music app has started shutting down for some users.
  • Google Play Music for web became defunct last week.
  • Users have until December 2020 to make the necessary changes after which all their data will be purged.

Google Play Music app is in the process of shutting down with some app users noticing the change. When app users now open Google Play Music, they are likely to get a white splash screen with a Play Music logo that morphs into a YouTube Music one. Users are either getting the message that reads "Google Play Music is no longer available" or "You will soon lose access to Google Play Music."

Users get two buttons to get redirected to YouTube Music to transfer their music and to manage the data. Once users transfer their Google Play Music data including libraries and recommendation history, their app's widget will disappear from the home screen, Android Central noted.

All users will not get this message at once but Google Play Music will certainly become completely defunct by December. The report notes that changing the phone's dates will not get the app back unless users decide to download an older version of the app and close automatic updates. Users can also clear space for the used up phone storage from previously downloaded songs or offline music by going to the Manage App store and clearing out caches.

Last week the web client for Google Play Music became defunct. The webpage for Google Play Music read: "The Music store on Google Play is no longer available." Google has been giving reminders to its long-time existing Google Play Music users to make their transfers by December 2020 after which their Google Play Music libraries will no longer be available.

After December 2020, all of the users' data will be purged, so they should make sure that all the transfers are made well before in advance. Youtube, meanwhile, plans to add new features to expand the music experience on smart TVs with Youtube Music.

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