- Starting August, users will no longer be able to purchase and pre-order music or upload and download music from Google Play Music.
- Google Play Music will start shutting down its app starting September. After December 2020, Google Play Music libraries will no longer be available.
- Google Music Play users can transfer their music and data to YouTube Music using the transfer tool.
Google Play Music will start shutting down its app starting September in Australia and New Zealand while it becomes defunct for the rest of the world starting October. Starting late August, users will no longer be able to purchase and pre-order music or upload and download music from Google Play Music through Music Manager, Google noted in a blog post.
Even though the app is slated to go defunct by October, long time existing Google Play Music users can make their transfers by December 2020 after which their Google Play Music libraries will no longer be available.
Google had announced the change earlier stating that Google Play Music users can transfer their music and data to YouTube Music.
In May, Google introduced a transfer button to the YouTube Music app to make it convenient for the users. Users can transfer all their data to YouTube music without going through the hassle of starting from scratch.
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.
Google noted that once the Music Store is no longer available, users will continue to be able to upload any tracks purchased elsewhere to YouTube Music. Google said it will notify all users before they lose access to their Google Play Music library and data.
"We want to ensure everyone has time to transfer their content and get used to YouTube Music, so we'll provide plenty of notice ahead of users no longer having access to Google Play Music later this year," YouTube Music in a blog post had said. In the recent blog post, Google notes that those users who have not started making transfers "now's the time."
To transfer music from Google Play to YouTube Music, iOS or Android users must have the YouTube Music app. They must then click on the transfer button on the same app. Users' music library including uploads, purchases, songs, albums, playlists, curated stations will then be moved.
Users will get notifications or emails when their music library is transferred to the app. Podcast users can visit https://podcasts.google.com/transfer to transfer their episodes and subscriptions.
YouTube Music will also have enhanced features like player page redesign and explore tab. The price for YouTube Music will remain the same as Google Play Music, the blog noted. Alternatively, users can also get a YouTube Premium subscription and get access to the YouTube Music app.