Google will axe Play Music service in October

Google Play Music will stop working in October for UK users (Getty Images)

Google has outlined plans to terminate the Google Play Music app in October.

The app, which launched in 2011, allows users to upload their own songs and access them online wherever they are.

It will be replaced by YouTube Music, which Google hopes to turn into a rival for Spotify and Apple Music.

YouTube Music will have a catalogue of 60 million songs to stream but won’t offer users the option to purchase and download music.

Thankfully, music collections from Google Play Music can be transferred over to YouTube Music. While the Google Play Music app will stop functioning in October, users will have until December to transfer their songs across.

‘For Google Play listeners that have not yet started the transfer process over to YouTube Music, now’s the time,’ Google wrote in a blog post. ‘Listeners can also choose to delete their Google Play Music data, and we will clearly notify all users before they lose access to their Google Play Music library and data.’

How to transfer your Google Play Music library to YouTube Music

Users will have until December to transfer their music across (Google)

Google Play users can transfer music on the web by heading to – although it seems this is being rolled out in batches, so isn’t available for everyone yet.

Alternatively, Apple and Android users can do so by clicking the new ‘Transfer your Play Music library’ button on the YouTube Music app home screen – but it’s important to have the latest version of YouTube Music installed from Google Play or the App Store.

There’s also a ‘Transfer from Google Play Music’ option in the app’s settings.

Phone users should then tap on ‘Let’s Go’ and they will be presented with everything they’re about to transfer over. If all looks good, they can select the ‘Start Transfer’ button and the process will begin.

Essentially, the app does all the hard work – by uploading purchases and preferences from an individual’s Google Play music profile.

Google says it will update the new profile to offer music recommendations based on listening history, as well as likes and dislikes.

YouTube Music is Google’s new rival to Spotify and Apple Music (Google)

The process can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few days to complete, but Google says (once it’s done) all the audio recommendations should appear in the YouTube Music app.

YouTube Music will also email users when the transfer is complete and their music has been added to the in-app ‘Library’ tab.

Users will still be able to listen to YouTube Music and use the app as normal, while the transfer is taking place.


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