After launching YouTube Music in 2018, Google has been aiming to wind down Google Play Music and this week the tech giant gave listeners a deadline: YouTube Music will become the only Google streaming app by December 2020 and Google Play Music will be relegated to the Google graveyard.
YouTube Music, if you’ve never used it before, combines music streaming and videos, whether that’s a music video or a live performance on the app.
The Video Hotlist selects trending videos depending on your location, whilst personalisation is also a major factor: the app provides recommendations for playlists based on what you’re doing such as at work or going to the gym.
The service is £9.99 a month, just like Spotify, but you can upgrade to YouTube Premium for £11.99 a month which combines the streaming service and ad-free YouTube.
For Google Play Music fans, here’s how to make the switch so you don’t lose all your carefully curated playlists come December.
How to switch from Google Play Music to YouTube Music
Though Google Play Music will be officially obsolete in December this year, it will stop working from September for those in New Zealand and South Africa, and October for the rest of the world.
However, Google has launched a handy transfer tool for those making the jump. You will probably have received an email on how to do this, but here’s the information in case you deleted it.
- Start by downloading the YouTube Music app.
- Click on the transfer button in YouTube Music and everything will transfer over: including uploads, purchases, added songs, personal and subscribed playlists and curated stations.
- You will receive an email from Google when it’s all been transferred over.
- For podcast listeners, you can transfer all your subscriptions and episodes over to Google Podcasts. Download the app, and hit this link to begin the transfer process.
Music services come and go but the important thing is to keep all the tracks and playlists together before it ends.