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Download all songs from your Google Play music library before Google removes them on February 24 «Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



After a slow phaseout, Google Play Music was discontinued in December 2020. The songs you uploaded or purchased will still be on Google’s servers, but even those will be removed on February 24, 2021.

If you are planning to go to YouTube Music, the transfer process is simple and covered here.

However, if you are switching to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal or any other streaming service and you want to save the music you uploaded to the Google Play Music locker service, or if you bought music from Google Play and you want to keep it, it is time to act NOW.

Step 1
: Navigate to Google Takeout

Google Takeout is the central hub for anyone who wants to download their data from any of Google’s products. It is also the place to get your uploaded or purchased music as MP3s, along with metadata for your playlists, radio stations and tracks in CSV format (comma separated values).

You can find Google Takeout nestled next to Google’s account management tools, or you can go directly to the site from the link below. You can do this from a desktop or mobile device, but this guide will focus on the mobile interface.

Step 2: Select Google Play Music

When you sign in with the account you use on Google Play Music, you will find a list of all Google products where your data is stored. And there is a lot.

By default all products are selected, so to isolate Google Play Music, tap “Deselect All”, scroll down to Google Play Music and tap the check box next to it. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap the “Next Step” button to continue.

Step 3: Determine your download destination

On the next screen you can indicate how you want to receive your library. From the drop-down menu, you can select email or a supported cloud service, namely Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or Box.

If you choose email, you will receive a link to download your files, with a one week time limit before the link expires. If you choose one of the non-Google cloud services, you must authorize Google to access the account.

With the delivery method selected, you can then specify your file compression preferences. The well-known ZIP format is the standard compression method, but you can choose TGZ via the drop-down menu. You can also enter the file size, as larger exports are split across multiple files. The default option is 2 GB, but if you decide to go with a larger file size, your export will be compressed with ZIP64, which may require a separate app.

Once you’ve selected your preferred delivery method, smash the “Schedule New Export” button. You can then repeat the process if you want to export your files to multiple destinations.

Whatever you select will take a while. For example, if your account has advanced security, the email process can take a few days or weeks. So do something else productive while your files are processed. And you can listen to this while doing it.

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