Before 2020 ends, Google Play Music will officially disappear from the Android market. This will make YouTube Music the only music streaming service for Google. Before it entirely shuts down, it is better if you transfer the Google Play Music library, playlists, recommendations, downloads, and personal uploads to YouTube Music.
This will guarantee that your data will remain safe even after Google Play Music is ultimately closed down. You can transfer the content through your Android, iOS, and Windows PC. Regardless of which technique you use, the entire data will be transferred to YouTube music. In May 2020, YouTube released a migration tool for the transfer process.
You can either use this tool to transfer Google Play Music or use the Google takeout app. With this app, you can export a copy of your music library as well as the songs playlist. Later on, you can import the file into the YouTube Music app. In case, if you are not able to switch accounts, Google will immediately cancel the Google Play Music subscription.
Steps to Transfer Google Play Music to YouTube Music
- Install the YouTube Music app on your Android or iOS device.
- Launch the Google Play Music app.
- Click on the transfer button present at the top of the app.
- This will immediately start the transfer process.
- Wait until it finishes successfully.
- Meanwhile, you can minimize the app and use your phone.
- The transfer process will continue in the background.
- The completion time will depend upon the size of your music library.
- Upon completion, the app will notify you as well as send an email.
- Finally, open the YouTube Music app and you’ll see the entire transferred data.
What can you transfer from Google Play Music to YouTube Music?
- Google Play Music library
- Downloaded Songs
- Uploaded Songs
- Music Playlists
- Likes and Dislikes
- Google Play Music Billing Subscription
Similarly, you can also transfer the podcasts on Google Play Music along with the subscriptions. The main aim behind the switch is to make users rely only on one music streaming service. Besides, this will also affect the rivals Spotify and SoundCloud. Moreover, Google is also introducing new features in the YouTube Music application.
YouTube Music was launched last year in March. Interestingly, the app managed to exceed 3 million downloads in just a single week. Furthermore, by the end of 2019, more than 800K users subscribed to YouTube Music paid services. YouTube Music is free for clients however, it comes with a lot of Advertisements while playing the songs.
If you don’t want the ads, you can always purchase the YouTube Music premium version at a monthly charge of ₹99. Additionally, there is also another premium version at ₹129 per month. It offers an advertisement free experience along with offline YouTube downloads as well as background music. What if you own a Google Play Music subscription?
The tech giant will automatically analyze the Google Play Music membership benefits. Moreover, the company will also provide an equivalent YouTube Music subscription as soon as the transfer completes. On the other hand, Google also helps to switch the Family plans over to their YouTube Music equivalent.