Google Play Music Shutting Down: Here's What You Need To Know

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Google announce is their latest statement that YouTube Music will be soon replacing Google Play Music services by the end of 2020.

In their statement, Google said, "Over the past couple of months, we’ve been welcoming Google Play Music listeners to YouTube Music as they effortlessly transfer their music libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to YouTube Music. Today 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.

Starting in September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa — and in October for all other global markets — users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app. But don’t worry, we will be holding onto things like your playlists, uploads, purchases, likes and more until December 2020 to make your transfer to YouTube Music easier. Users who wish to transfer their music libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, can do so through December 2020, after which their Google Play Music libraries will no longer be available."


Starting in late August, users will want to make sure to use Google's transfer tool in order to move over any purchases as Google will begin to close accounts starting as of early September. You can access Google Takeout to export your data and download both your uploaded purchased music.

Google will begin their process be locking people out of their Google Play music accounts before they remove everyone in December. If you get locked out during the time, Google will be giving users 30 days to transfer your data before completely shutting down all access. Google has announced that they will notice Google Play Music users before they loose their access to their Google Play Music data.

Google's music services that will be shutting down by the end of 2020 include:

• Google Play Music
• Google Play Music Store
• Music Manager

Google making this move comes to no surprise as many already knew of YouTube being owned by the company. If you currently are paying for a Google Play Music subscription to get ad-free streaming, the company will move the account to YouTube Music once you transfer your files. After your transfer, you will be given access to YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium.

YouTube Music and Google Play Music offered both the same subscription prices. YouTube Music Premium is offered at $9.99/mo, or you can watch and stream your favorite songs on YouTube Music for free with the ad supported feature. If you're looking for more, YouTube Premium is offered at $11.99/mo.

Google closed their statement by saying, "Over the last few years, we've worked to build a fantastic fan experience on YouTube Music, merging the very best of Google Play Music with the very best of YouTube. For users who decide not to transfer their Google Play Music account to YouTube music, we will be sure to cancel your subscription at the end of your billing cycle so you aren't paying for a subscription. This will happen in September in New Zealand and South Africa and in October for all other markets. And, of course, we will be sure to notify all users ahead of subscriptions being canceled."