Long before the launch of YouTube Music (it went live in 2018), it was clear that the new platform would eventually replace Google Play Music. Announcing the replacement of Google Play Music with YouTube Music in May, Google did not name the exact date of closure of the music service so close to many, noting only that this will happen “soon” and suggesting that the collections be moved. Now more precise terms of the “execution” have become known.
According to the developers, YouTube Music will begin to supplant Google Play Music as early as next month and will completely replace it by December 2020.
From the fall, users will no longer be able to listen to music and use the Google Play Music app. From September 2020, support for Google Play Music will end in New Zealand and South Africa, and from October in other countries. Until December, Google will store playlists, purchases, downloads and likes, then libraries will be unavailable. After Google Play Music stops working, users will be able to continue uploading any tracks purchased anywhere to YouTube Music.
Google once again reminded Google Play Music users of a simple and convenient tool for transferring their libraries. To do this, you need to download the YouTube Music app (iOS / Android), open and click the “Transfer” button, or use the transfer page in your browser.
Music service YouTube Music was introduced exactly one year ago. At the same time, the YouTube Red service was relaunched under the new name YouTube Premium. In Ukraine, both services (YouTube Music and YouTube Premium) were launched in November 2018. The YouTube Premium subscription, which costs 99 UAH per month, disables all ads (YouTube Music disables ads only in music), allows you to play videos and music in the background, gives you access to offline mode, and also gives you access to YouTube Originals.
As of December 31, 2019, YouTube Music and Premium’s premium user base exceeded 20 million. Since then, Google hasn’t shared statistics anymore.