It’s official: YouTube Music will completely replace Google Play Music this month. This should come as no surprise – YouTube announced the change back in August, and in the past few months Google Play Music users have lost the ability to purchase, pre-order, upload, or download music on the platform. to stream from the platform. app.
You can find your playlists, uploads, purchases, and likes in Google Play Music until the end of the month, so you can transfer them to YouTube Music. But your Google Play Music library will no longer be available after December.
YouTube Music released a tool in May that allows you to move your music, playlists and preferences to the platform. Below we explain how to use it. Or you can use Google Takeout to export a copy of your library while deciding what to do with it. If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time. If you don’t transfer your account, Google will cancel your subscription at the end of the last billing cycle (you’ll be notified in advance).
Since last year, YouTube had Music and Premium, compared to about 130 million on Spotify. Where YouTube Music stands out from its competitors is its deep integration with your YouTube and Google profiles, which translates into better recommendations for you, the companies say. Since many people use YouTube to discover music, the Music app tracks your video searches and determines what you want to hear next.
How to move your music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music
1. Download the YouTube music app for iOS or Android. (Or, to do it from a desktop, go to music.youtube.com/transfer and click transfer.)
2. You will see a transfer button at the top of the screen in both Google Play Music and YouTube Music. Tap it from either app and your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations, and personal taste preferences will all transition from Google Play Music to YouTube Music.
3. Depending on how much music is in your library, the move can take several hours. You can close the app and use your phone in the meantime, and open it again if you want to track the progress. You will receive a notification and an email when the transfer of your music library is complete.
4. Open YouTube Music and find your music in the Library tab, along with updated recommendations.
If you listen to podcasts on Google Play Music, you can also transfer your subscriptions and episode progress to Google Podcasts by visiting podcasts.google.com/transfer.
What about YouTube Music?
YouTube Music works via an app and a web player and offers more than 50 million official songs, albums, deep pieces, B-sides, live performances and remixes.
YouTube recently added several new features based on user feedback:
- Create playlist: Playlists can now contain up to 5,000 songs (instead of the previous 1,000). You can also quickly search from a playlist to add a new song and add music videos along with songs to playlists. Google Play Music stations can now be found in YouTube Music as playlists, and you can search their tracks.
- Uploads: Listen to your uploaded and purchased music from Google Play Music, after you transfer it, or add up to 100,000 personal songs to your library in YouTube Music (Google Play Music is only 50,000 allowed).
- Listen offline: Paying members can download any song, playlist, or music video, or they can let a smart download feature (available on Android only for now) do it for you.
- Explore tab: A new Explore tab offers music discovery, including new music and playlists by mood or genre.
Another great feature: switch to the lyrics of a song while listening to get karaoke ready, or go to the music video, which plays with the song in real time.
How much does the switch to YouTube Music cost?
At the moment prices are the same for Google Play Music and YouTube Music. You can listen to an ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free or pay for YouTube Music Premium for $ 9.99 (£ 9.99, AU $ 11.99) per month, which includes background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience . You can also subscribe to YouTube Premium to get these benefits across YouTube for $ 11.99 (£ 11.99, AU $ 14.99) per month.
Google Play Music Unlimited members are automatically moved to the equivalent tier of YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium for the same price based on their current subscription.
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