Google Play Music is shutting down this month. Here’s how to transfer to YouTube Music

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It is official: YouTube Music will totally change Google Play Music this month. This may not come as a shock — YouTube introduced the change again in August, and over the previous couple of months, Google Play Music customers misplaced the flexibility to buy, preorder, add or obtain music on the platform, or stream music from the app. 

However don’t be concerned — you continue to have time to switch your library to YouTube Music earlier than Google Play Music shuts down fully. And YouTube Music has a instrument that may allow you to transfer your whole library, profile and playlists from Google’s streaming service into YouTube’s revamped one with only one faucet. YouTube Music additionally just lately acquired some new options which will make it an even bigger competitor to streaming services similar to Spotify and Apple Music

Learn extra: Best music streaming service: Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and more

You will nonetheless discover your playlists, uploads, purchases and likes in Google Play Music till the top of the month, so you may make your switch to YouTube Music. However your Google Play Music library will now not be out there after December. 

YouTube Music launched a instrument again in Might that will help you transfer your music, playlists and preferences over to the platform, which we’ll clarify how one can use under. Or you should utilize Google Takeout to export a replica of your library when you resolve what to do with it. If you have not accomplished both but, now’s the time. In the event you do not switch your account, Google will cancel your subscription on the finish of the final billing cycle (you may be notified forward of time). 

As of final yr, YouTube Music and Premium had 20 million paid subscribers, in comparison with about 130 million on Spotify. The place YouTube Music stands out from its rivals is in its deep integration along with your YouTube and Google profiles, which interprets into higher suggestions for you, the businesses say. Since many individuals use YouTube for music discovery, the Music app tracks your video searches and determines what you would possibly wish to hear subsequent. 

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Transfer your Google Play Music knowledge to YouTube Music


Easy methods to transfer your music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music

1. Obtain the YouTube music app, for iOS or Android. (Or, to do it from a desktop, go to, and click on switch.)

2. You will see a switch button on the prime of the display screen in each Google Play Music and YouTube Music. Faucet it from both app, and your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, private and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations and private style preferences will all begin transferring from Google Play Music to YouTube Music. 

3. Relying on how a lot music is in your library, the transfer may take up to a couple hours. You possibly can shut the app and use your cellphone within the meantime, and open it again as much as monitor the progress if you wish to. You will get a notification and an e-mail when your music library switch is full.

4. Open YouTube Music and discover your music within the Library tab, together with up to date suggestions. 

In the event you take heed to podcasts on Google Play Music, you can too switch your subscriptions and episode progress to Google Podcasts by going to


Switch your music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music by means of their apps or on desktop.

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What is the cope with YouTube Music?

YouTube Music works by means of an app and internet participant, providing greater than 50 million official tracks, albums, deep cuts, B-sides, dwell performances and remixes. 


YouTube Music has been revamped.

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YouTube just lately added a number of new options, primarily based on person suggestions: 

  • Playlist creation: Playlists can now have as much as 5,000 songs (as an alternative of the earlier 1,000). You may also do a fast search from inside a playlist so as to add a brand new tune, and add music movies to playlists together with songs. Stations from Google Play Music are actually present in YouTube Music as playlists, and you’ll search by means of their tracks. 
  • Uploads: Take heed to your uploaded and bought music from Google Play Music, after you switch, or add as much as 100,000 private tracks to your library in YouTube Music (Google Play Music solely allowed 50,000).
  • Offline listening: Paying members can obtain any tune, playlist or music video, or let a sensible downloads function (out there on Android just for now) do it for you.
  • Discover tab: A brand new Discover tab gives music discovery, together with new music and playlists by temper or style. 

One other cool function: Toggle over to the lyrics of a tune when you’re listening to get karaoke-ready, or over to its music video, which performs in real-time with the tune. 

How a lot does transferring to YouTube Music price?

Proper now, pricing is similar between Google Play Music and YouTube Music. You possibly can take heed to an ad-supported model of YouTube Music without spending a dime, or pay for YouTube Music Premium for $9.99 (£9.99, AU$11.99) a month, which incorporates background listening, downloads and an ad-free expertise. You may also subscribe to YouTube Premium to get these advantages throughout all of YouTube, for $11.99 (£11.99, AU$14.99) a month. 

Google Play Music Limitless members will routinely be moved to the equal tier of YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium primarily based on their present subscription, on the identical value. 

For extra, take a look at five tips and tricks to get the most out of YouTube Music.

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Alison DeNisco Rayome