Google Play Music launched in 2011, and after nine years run, Google finally decided to pull the plug. Google had let Play Music take a backseat since the rollout of Youtube Music two years ago. Since 2018, the company expressed its interest in ultimately killing Play Music in favour of Youtube Music. Now they are taking that step.
The Youtube Music came in 2018, with a vast music library thanks to Youtube backup. This move was surprising because the company already had the popular Play Music under their wings. Now Google has officially begun the process of unifying the streaming service and has asked Play Music users to migrate their music library to Youtube Music.
Starting today, users can migrate their music library, playlists and lastly the music recommendations and preferences determined by likes and dislikes given by the user to the songs. If you open the Youtube Music App, you will be greeted with a pop-up saying “Transfer your latest Google Play Music additions” in the home tab. Tapping this will migrate your collection, and depending on the size it could take hours till completion.
As an incentive for users to initiate the process, Google has bu,=mped the number of playlist songs from 5,000 to 10,000 and the individual tracks that can be uploaded got a boost from 50,000 to 100,000. For a while, Youtube Music has been the default music player in specific Android devices as well. If you use Podcasts in Play Music, it can also be transferred to Google Podcasts. Learn how to migrate podcasts here.
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