RIP Google Play Music

Google Play Music

Google Play Music has become part of history. The search engine giant has officially shut down Play Music globally to pave way for YouTube Music. Google Play Music was once a legacy streaming service and millions of people used it on a daily basis. If you visit, you will view a message with the caption “Google Play Music is no longer available”. Moreover, you can transfer your account and library including playlists and uploads for a limited time to YouTube Music.

Google Play Music

If you have maintained plenty of music files on Google Play Music, you can transfer all of them to YouTube Music until the complete shutdown. Hence, it is advisable for you to transfer all the content immediately so that you can retrieve all the music content that you have uploaded. Google has provided the ability to delete music now.

If you are not deleting the music after downloading, then Google will automatically delete the files once the shutdown process is complete. If you delete music after the completion of the download process, then you will have 60 days to restore music to your library. If you are not restoring, then the trash folder will be permanently deleted.

Google had started the process when Play Music users were asked to transition to YouTube Music with the help of a new transfer tool. You can transfer uploaded content, playlists including other content recommendations to YouTube Music. The closure of Google Play Music is seen as a setback because Google Assistant-powered speakers often play music via the Play Music library. The closure has forced users to buy third-party music streaming services, which they can hook up with the speakers.

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