There have been reports about the closure of Google Play Music. In fact, Google has since shared an official timeline for the Google Play Music’s shutdown. From September, it will start revoking access for users in some countries (New Zealand and South Africa). By the end of the year, there will be a complete shut down of Google Play Music. Now, the company is sending emails to users as a reminder.
The email pointed out that YouTube Music will soon replace Google Play Music. YouTube Music and Google Play Music look slightly different, but they are from the same team. YouTube Music also provides more than 65 million licensed songs, albums, and playlists.
In February 2017, the company announced that it had merged its two music subscription service teams, YouTube Music and GooglePlay Music, into one. The combined team will eventually integrate Google’s music services. There is no need for both platforms with similar services to remain active.
The official email reads
Google Play Music – closing soon
YouTube Music is about to replace GooglePlay Music as a new world for enjoying and discovering good songs. Between October and the end of this year, GooglePlay Music will be completely closed to users. We know it took you a lot of time to create a GooglePlay music library, so we have made the relevant settings so that you can easily transfer your music library to YouTube Music with just one click, including playlists, uploads, and recommended content.
If you haven’t tried YouTube Music, you’ll notice that YouTube Music and GooglePlay Music look slightly different, but please believe that they are both created by the same team and with the same passion. YouTube Music also provides more than 65 million original songs, albums, and playlists, as well as the GooglePlay Music features you love and expect.
It’s good that there is a provision for users to transfer their music library to YouTube Music easily. Nevertheless, users can continue to use GooglePlay Music until it is no longer available. However, please note that if you get a new smartphone with Android 10, it will come with YouTube Music pre-installed in place of Google Play Music. Thus, you will need to get your GooglePlay music library if it is so important. These two platforms offer the same services just on slightly different platforms.