What’s the skinny? Google gives us more details on how and when Play Music will be replaced with YouTube Music.
In a blog post earlier today Google broke down when and how the transition to YouTube Music will take place. Back in May they released a transfer tool for users of Play Music, to begin the transition over to YouTube Music. In today’s blog post Google spelled out just how much time we have to make that transfer happen.
- By the End of August, Users will no longer be able to upload, download or pre-order music using Google Play Music
- Starting in September users in New Zealand and South Africa will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app
- In October global markets will face the same fate as New Zealand and South Africa and will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app
- December 2020 will mark the end of Google Play Music as Google Play Music libraries will no longer be available
Transition to YouTube Music
Google wants to make the transition over to YouTube Music as effortless as possible, by providing users with a transfer tool that allows you to make the switch in three steps.
- Download the YouTube Music app (iOS/Android).
- Click on the transfer button in YouTube Music, and your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations and personal taste preferences will move right over.
- Your updated recommendations will appear immediately on the YouTube Music home screen, and we’ll notify you via email and notifications when your music library transfer is complete and your music is in the “Library” tab.
Enhancements to YouTube Music
Google is also hoping to make users of Play Music more readily want to make the switch to YouTube Music, by giving YouTube Music some new features and enhancements.
Playlists: We’re continuously evolving the way listeners can create and enjoy playlists, including:
- Assistive Playlist Creation – Quickly and easily create playlists by adding recommended songs based on existing songs in the playlist, as well as personalized signals, such as watch history and likes.
- Collaborative Playlists – Collaborate with other music fans to create shared playlists for any occasion.
- New Programmed Playlists – Explore newly launched programmed playlists like Highline, Caribbean Pulse, Conditions Underground, and more.
New Features and Improvements:
- Player Page Redesign – Updates to the player page, available for Android mobile users, provides a more modern design that allows better playback controls and easier access to related music and other features like song lyrics.
- Explore Tab – The new Explore tab, available on both mobile and the web is the consistent destination to find new releases including albums, singles, and music videos, as well as browse our vast catalog of diverse playlists through the Moods & Genre section
More Ways to Enjoy YouTube Music:
- Android TV – An update for Android TV brings YouTube Music to the big screen, letting listeners enjoy videos and live performances from their favorite artists, along with all their favorite music.
- Google Maps – The Android integration lets listeners seamlessly listen to music and get personalized music recommendations within the Google Maps interface.
- Discover music with Google Assistant – You can now ask your Google Home and Nest smart speakers, “Hey Google, play recommended music from YouTube Music.” Then, Google Assistant will share personalized recommendations based on your favorite artists and genres.
Despite Google’s spin, for some users all of this will be kind of like putting icing on a turd. As some people who use Google Play Music will feel like this is a large downgrade in functionality and are bound to feel as though they are being forced into a monthly subscription. Two notable downgrades are, YouTube Music doesn’t have the option to purchase music and you will be unable to play your music through your Google home speakers without first purchasing a subscription.
All of this is in an attempt to compete with Spotify, which Google has found difficult to do with two competing products. Google is hoping that changes once Play Music is completely shut down. As for subscription costs, YouTube Music is being offered at the same price as Spotify, here in Canada both are $9.99.