Google has announced that its plans of merging Google Play Music with YouTube Music will completely be fulfilled by December 2020.
Last May, the technological giant revealed it was gradually shutting down Google Play Music, and replacing it with YouTube Music during the last quarter of the year.
Since the announcement, Google has been leaking some details and deadlines about Google Play Music’s definitive closure, which is going to be on December 31st.
The company is offering users switching to YouTube Music before the year ends, the option to join the platform without losing the content uploaded on their profiles in Google Play Music.
The ultimate goal is to focus all the energies on a single subscription service where creators and songwriters can upload and share their favorite tracks with fans, while music enthusiasts can discover the latest hits.
When and how to move playlists and libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music?
To make the switch smoother, Google has provided a set of guidelines on how to safely and effortlessly transfer content to YouTube Music before Google Play Music disappears forever in December.
A transfer feature has been added to YouTube Music app, so Google Play Music users can easily export their music libraries, personal playlists and preferences.
They can also migrate other data such as uploads, stations, likes and dislikes as well as billing information.
Alternatively, data can be downloaded with Google Takeout.
In spite Google Play Music platform will be available until the end of 2020, from October, users won’t be able to stream music from the app.
Uploads and downloads, pre-orders or purchases were unavailable since August.
Switching from Google Play Music to YouTube Music: Key information for music distributors and record labels
What about record labels and music distributors who used Google Play Music and are delivering their artists’ content to this DSP through third parties such as SonoSuite?
If you are a SonoSuite partner and distributing to Google Play Music, your content will also be sent to YouTube Music until Play Music service is completely killed off in December.
You are more than welcome to get in touch with SonoSuite’s team if you have any queries regarding these changes.
YouTube Music unveils new features to appeal Google Play Music users
Google has also confirmed a series of enhancements in YouTube Music to attract the biggest possible number of Google Play Music users and encourage them to move their content to the platform.
Some new add-ons are imported from Google Play Music, while others have been specifically designed to present a better offer for switching users.
Amongst the new features added to YouTube Music, there is the option to create more extensive playlists, an increase in the number of songs that can be uploaded to libraries as well as the brand-new Explore Tab where users can discover music considering new releases, genres and moods.
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