Google Play Music is about to meet its maker soon, as it will be shutting down just like how Google killed off their social platform Google Plus a few years ago.
If you have been a fan of the streaming service, it’s high time you got your house into order and started looking for an alternative very soon as Google prepares to put a pin on it and replace it with the YouTube Music app services.
After years of service, the Google Play Music app wasn’t really that bad as it had an equalizer option, streaming capabilities, and a pretty decent UI though frankly speaking, I think they would have done better if one looks at the other competitive services like Apple Music or Spotify.
However, despite its shortcomings, the selling feature that attracted a good number of users to Google Play Music was that it allowed you to upload up to 50,000 of your own files to the cloud.
For those that are worried about losing all their playlists, files and other data shouldn’t be as you will be able to move it to the new service. Google has promised to inform all users exactly when the service will be shutting down, giving them ample time to switch.
As for now, the tech giant hasn’t released any actual date or information on when the services will be coming to an end but reports state it will be later this year. We expect the same move done for Google Plus too to take effect.
Right now, users can use both services as Google promised to give them “plenty of notice” before the app shuts down for good. Just like the previous service, YouTube Music won’t cost a dime and it is easy to move files from Play to YouTube easily.
How to transfer your files and data from Google Play Music to YouTube Music
Transferring your content to YouTube Music isn’t that hard though, for some you may not be having the file transfer feature yet but don’t worry, as according to Google it has already started rolling out the feature gradually.
Once the feature is available for you, you will get an email and pop-up notification in the apps telling you to transfer your content. The notification is more of a transfer button, which will prompt you to do so.
To start the transfer, please follow these instructions;
- Make sure you have a YouTube Music account setup, and that both apps are updated to the latest versions.
- Next, open the YouTube Music app, click on the menu icon in the top right corner > Settings > Transfer from Google Play Music.
That’s it. You are good to go. The same steps apply to YouTube Music whether you’re using an app or a web browser. One should note however, there is no definite time stated on how long it takes and depends on the size of the user’s library.
Once the transfer is done, a notification is sent to you later and from that point, you’ll be able to access your files from the Library tab in the YouTube Music app.
Those with podcasts, it’s better to use the Google Podcasts app instead
For those who have been using Google Play Music for podcasts and have paid subscriptions, you’ll need to take separate steps to transfer content since YouTube Music doesn’t support podcast subscriptions. The company, however, encourages users to adopt Google Podcasts app instead.
Using the Google Podcasts app makes it easy to transfer your downloads, subscriptions, and other data. If you wish to do it right away, you can head straight to the dedicated page Google has set up.
To get things done quickly, you can also opt-in for a Google Play Music subscription for ad-free streaming, and the company will immediately move the account to YouTube Music with equivalent access to its premium features or YouTube Premium. For users in the U.S. and most of the world, prices won’t change for now.
One thing sucks though, once you transfer your files to YouTube Music, it will only keep a copy of the data you’ve generated so far. Meaning, if you keep using Google Play Music, you will have to do another transfer if you wish to keep your new playlists, songs and other data.
Source: Consumer Reports
Author: Allan Bangirana
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