Google Play Music starts shutting down next month

Joanna Estrada
August 5, 2020

The app is now also surfacing an option that allows users to start playback through external devices, a feature that already existed in Google Play Music. On Assistant-enabled phones and Google Nest smart speakers, you can say "Hey Google, play recommended music from YouTube Music" and have personalized music suggestions across your favorite artists and genres based on your listening history, play on your device. If you've been using Google Play Music, it's time to back up your data now - either to transfer it to YouTube Music or just make sure it isn't lost at the end of the year.

"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. "This will happen on an ongoing basis between September and December 2020". There's really no telling when your number will be called once that process begins, so you'll want to move everything over soon.

In addition, starting in late August, users will no longer be able to purchase or pre-order music (or upload and download music) from Google Play Music through Music Manager. If you fail to move everything during that period, you could lose it all.

If you now pay for Google Play Music (which is £10/month) and decide not to switch over to YouTube Music, Google will cancel your subscription for you in October so you won't continue to get charged for a service you don't use or don't want. You can purchase it from other services and upload it to YouTube Music, though. "Starting September 2020, users will begin losing access to Google Play Music".

Google Play Music is going away this December.

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