The day to say goodbye to Google Play Music is almost here. We knew it would eventually be replaced by YouTube Music, but things seem to be speeding up.
Google Play Music users will now be able to transfer their entire music library to YouTube Music.
Google has not yet specified a date when it will end the application, but it looks like it will be in the coming months.
A little reminder for those who are not familiar with the Youtube Music service. This audio streaming service platform, developed by Google, has been in existence since 2015.
It provides a tailored interface for the music streaming oriented service, allowing users to browse music videos on YouTube according to genres, playlists and recommendations.
These benefits were already available to Google Play Music subscribers, which explains the possibility of transferring the music library between the two services.
App Info for Android
Size: Varies by unit
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You can download Youtube Music for free from the Google Play Store.
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Google has opted for caution in the phasing out of Google Play Music. In a statement published yesterday on its blog,
Youtube (a Google service) confirms to users that they will have sufficient time to save and transfer any content from their Google Play Music library if they wish to switch to YouTube Music.
The release states that all Google Play Music users will soon receive an email with detailed instructions on how to begin uploading all Google Play Music history and content, as well as podcasts.
However, it doesn’t indicate what your options will be if you simply want to save your content and switch to another music streaming service,
but this will likely not be as seamless as when you choose to stay in the Google ecosystem.
Here are the instructions for transferring your music library to YouTube Music. Just follow these steps:
- Download the YouTube Music application (iOS/Android).
- Click the transfer button in YouTube Music. Your downloads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, managed stations and personal preferences will be moved.
- Your updated recommendations will then appear immediately on the YouTube Music home screen.
- You will receive email and notifications when the transfer of your music library is complete and your music is in the “Library” tab.
If you have podcasts on your Google Play Music application, you can also choose to transfer your subscriptions and episode progress to Google Podcasts.
YouTube Music has recently added a few more features, including an increase in the playlist limit from 1,000 to 5,000 songs,
the addition of 100,000 personal tracks to your library, lyrics to follow to your favorite music, and an Explorer tab for discovering new music.
The start of the transfers marks a new step in a process that began nearly two years ago.
At the time, T. Jay Fowler, product manager of YouTube Music, said that collections, playlists and preferences would be migrated as part of the demise of Google Play Music.
In any case, Google is strengthening YouTube’s position within the conglomerate and continues to bet on subscriptions to YouTube Music Premium services for €9.99 or YouTube Premium (on the whole of YouTube) for €11.99 per month.