Google Play Music: Users Told To Migrate To YouTube Music
Google finally released details about the demise of Google Play Music, and launched a quick-transfer button inside YouTube Music for those who want to make the switch. In 2017, Google said it would eventually merge Google Play Music with its YouTube music-streaming service, then known as YouTube Red. The move was intended to avoid confusion about Google's music services, but it's taken almost three years to become a reality. Google Play Music will shut down later this year. “For now, users will continue to have access to both services,” Google said in a blog post. The company says it’s created an “effortless” way for users to transfer their music libraries and playlists to YouTube Music, so Google Play Music stalwarts hopefully won’t be losing much. Those who want to get started now can download the YouTube Music app on their phones, and click a transfer button inside the interface. The app should then upload your purchases, added songs and albums, playlists, and basically all your preferences from your Google Play Music profile. The process could take a few seconds or up to a few days to complete, Google says, but once it's done, your audio recommendations should appear in the YouTube Music app. A big reason why users have stuck with Google Play Music over YouTube Music is that Google Play Music enabled you to upload your own music files to the app while YouTube Music did not. But this changed earlier this year when YouTube Music introduced a music-upload feature, signaling that Google Play Music was not long for this world. You can also add up to 100,000 personal tracks to your library in YouTube Music, an increase of more than 50,000 compared to Google Play Music.