Be Sure to Transfer Google Play Music to YouTube Music

It's the final nail in the coffin

Google Play Music is going away; you should transfer all your playlists and music listening data to YouTube Music now in advance of the end of the former service.

YouTube Music App transfer instructions

So long Google Play Music, welcome YouTube Music. The slow death of the former has been going on for a while, but the final nail in the coffin is the official announcement of an easy transfer of all your music, playlists, podcast content, and track likes from Google Play Music to YouTube Music.

The big picture: YouTube Music started up a couple of years ago, and it was positioned as a replacement for Google Play from the start. Now we're seeing the final transition from one service to the other, though they're both owned by Alphabet/Google.

How to transfer: Google's made the move from Play to YouTube pretty simple. All you need to do is download the YouTube Music app for iOS or Android, tap the Transfer button, and all your "uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations, and personal taste preferences" from Google Play will end up in the new app. You'll get an email when the transfer is complete. All the moved music will end up in the YouTube Music Library tab.

How long and how much? It looks like Google Play Music will remain functional until the end of the year, though since getting your stuff transferred is so easy, you might as well get it done now. Pricing will remain the same, with a free ad-supported tier, and a paid membership for $9.99 a month. There's a Premium tier at $11.99 per month that gives you ad-free, background listening, and offline playback across all of YouTube as well. If you were a Google Play Music Unlimited member, you'll automatically end up at this tier.

Via: Ars Technica

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