Google Play Music, which will start shutting down in September, will become YouTube Music by December 2020.
The music streaming company is encouraging users to merge their music libraries now by using a migration tool, as their playlists, uploads, pictures, and other data will no longer be available by the end of the year. Users can use the migration tool available here.
Google’s strategy is to throw all its weight behind YouTube Music, as it continues to battle global rivals Spotify and Apple Music.
“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,” the company said in announcing the dates for the Google Play Music shutdown. “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.”
The ad-free YouTube Music Premium service is $9.99 per month in the U.S., and provides for offline and background playback. The $11.99-per-month YouTube Premium provides zero ads, offline and background playback for all videos on YouTube.
Some of the new YouTube Music features include: “Assistive playlist creation,” which lets users add recommended songs based on existing songs in a playlist; collaborative playlists created with other users.”
Will you be making the move?