Google Play Music disappears at the end of the year, making YouTube Music the only Google streaming music service. But before that happens, with a few taps you have the chance to transfer your music library, recommendations, purchased songs and personal uploads to YouTube Music. This ensures that you don't lose any content when Google Play Music finally shuts down.
The transfer process can be performed with an Android device, iPhone or from the internet. Whichever method you choose, all your stuff will be moved in the background and you can listen to YouTube Music and use the app as normal.
With an Android phone or iPhone
The process is the same for mobile devices, regardless of whether you are using Android or iOS.
- Make sure you have installed the latest version of YouTube Music from Google Play or the App Store
- Open YouTube Music. You may get a pop-up that advertises YouTube Music Premium. Ignore that for now.
- On the main home screen, you should see a banner that says "Transfer your Play Music library." If you go into the app's settings you will also see a new option 'Transfer Google Play Music' which is a second way to start the process.
- Tap & # 39; Let's Go & # 39 ;. YouTube Music then displays everything you want to transfer from Google Play Music, including songs, albums, playlists, purchases, uploads, your personal taste profile / recommendations and your favorite and non-favorite songs.
- Once the process starts, you will see a permanent status bar "Transferring your Google Play Music Library" at the top of YouTube Music. Depending on the size of your library and how many other people are currently engaged in the transfer process, the migration can be done in minutes or may take several days. Things like playlists and your taste preferences transfer almost instantly, with uploads and purchases taking the longest because Google makes a direct copy of those files.
- When the transfer is complete, you will receive both an in-app notification and an email confirming that you're all set
- After everything is done, take a look around and make sure everything made the trip successful. You should now also have a row & # 39; Continue listening through Google Play Music & # 39; on the home screen to make the transition a little smoother as you become familiar with the YouTube Music app.
From a web browser
You can also start the transfer of YouTube Music on the Internet – both on mobile and from a desktop browser. The video below is about that process, which is not far from the mobile process.
If you continue to use Google Play Music, you will need to switch again.
Google Play Music will remain available for now and you can continue to use the service even after you have migrated your library to YouTube Music. But if you make changes to playlists or any other part of your library on Google Play Music, you have to make a new transfer to show them on YouTube Music. The two services don't sync content.
Fortunately, Google is only transferring what has been changed or new on subsequent transfers and is not trying to copy your entire library again. The text will also read a little differently and should say something like & # 39; put your latest Google Play Music additions on & # 39 ;.
More questions answered
I love Google Play Music! How long should I use it for?
Google has not yet announced exactly when Google Play Music will go offline, but it will happen sometime later this year. In the future, you can expect messages like the one below in Google Play Music.
What happens to the albums and songs I bought from Google Play Music, since YouTube Music doesn't let you buy music?
All the music you have purchased will now appear in the upload section of YouTube Music, which you can find in the tab on the right when browsing your library or viewing search results.
What about podcasts?
Google Podcasts is now the company's favorite player for podcasts, so that's what you can use after switching from Google Play Music.
Could I lose some songs on YouTube Music that I could stream on Google Play Music before?
Yes, there may be instances when this happens. The music catalogs of YouTube Music and Google Play Music are not a perfect 1: 1 match. If a song is not available, YouTube Music will be grayed out in a playlist. This ensures that if the company later acquires rights to that number, it will automatically show up where you expect it to.
But keep in mind that your personal uploads are all transferred. And if you finally discover a song missing from the YouTube Music streaming catalog after migration, you can just upload it from your computer if you have it handy.
Uploads? How do they work?
YouTube Music finally added personal uploads a few months ago – and the limit has doubled from Google Play's 50,000 limit and is now 100,000 songs. I think this is one of the best aspects of the whole service. But there is no longer a desktop app to send your files to the cloud; you are going to upload them via the YouTube Music website.
How is my Google Play Music subscription transferred?
Google analyzes your current benefits of Google Play Music subscriptions during the transfer process to YouTube Music and gives you an equivalent subscription. For example, if your plan previously included ad-free YouTube access, keep that. If not, you just get the standard YouTube Music subscription. The price you pay each month and your billing date should remain the same.
I still have that really cheap $ 7.99 subscription I got when Google Play Music & # 39; All Access & # 39; first launched in 2013. Shall I stick to YouTube Music?
Somewhat incredible, the answer to this question is yes. Google is doing well with customers and is allowing them to keep that promotional rate from years ago even after switching to YouTube Music. And if you live in a market where the $ 7.99 also earned you ad-free YouTube, then you keep that too. New customers can't get anything even close to that sweet deal. To enjoy.
What about family plans?
Family plans are also ported to their YouTube Music equivalent, and Google tells me that users who are performing the migration process are inherited from Google Play Music's family plan rules. YouTube Music requires all customers with a family plan to live at the same address – I'm not sure how strict this company is – but Google Play Music never had this rule, so existing customers don't have to worry about that.