Nearly nine years after its launch on November 16, 2011, Google today announced its Google Play Music service will be shutting down before the year runs out. This leaves YouTube Music as the only music streaming platform owned by Google.
Google is offering users the opportunity to transfer their library to YouTube Music via the Android or iOS app. “Starting today, we’re excited to officially begin inviting Google Play Music listeners to effortlessly transfer their music libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to YouTube Music, their new home for music listening and discovery,” says Google
“For now, users will continue to have access to both services. 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,” the announcement revealed.
How to Transfer Google Play Music Library to YouTube Music
- Download the YouTube Music app for iOS or Android.
- Install and open the app. Find the banner that reads “Transfer your Play Music library” on the home screen. The option is also available in the app Settings, if you can’t find it, it means you are not eligible.
- Click on the “Let’s Go” button and your transfer will be initiated.
- You will be notified via email when your transfer is complete and your music is ready in the “Library” tab.
For Podcast Listeners
Google has made available this web page for podcast listeners to transfer their subscriptions and episode progress to Google Podcasts with a single click.
“We’re looking forward to Google Play Music users transferring their libraries, so they can begin listening and exploring on YouTube Music and Google Podcasts,” Google reiterates.