From the last few months, YouTube has been channeling Google Play Music audiences to YouTube Music, in order to allow them to shift their music libraries, personal taste selections and playlists to YouTube Music. This is because Google’s music and podcast streaming service and online music locker or Google Play Music is closing for all users in October and will be replaced by YouTube Music.
“We’re announcing two important updates. First, YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by December 2020. Users will have the opportunity to transfer their music libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music in that timeframe. Second, in the coming months, Google Play Music users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app. Additionally, we are making changes to the Google Play store and Music Manager,” YouTube communicated in a blog post.
Users will not be authorized to stream from or use the Google Play Music app starting with New Zealand and South Africa in September 2020 and for all other global markets in October. Although the company will be retaining stuff like users’ playlists, uploads, purchases, likes and more till December 2020 to allow them to shift to YouTube Music. Users can transfer their music libraries to YouTube Music by December 2020, following which the Google Play Music libraries will no longer be accessible.
“To ensure users don’t lose any of their content, they’ll need to use the simple transfer tool to migrate any purchases over to YouTube Music or use Google Takeout to export data and download their purchased and uploaded music. Once the Music Store is no longer available, users will continue to be able to upload any tracks purchased elsewhere to YouTube Music,” the company added.