Google Play Music moves to YouTube Music

It has been reported that later this year Google Play Music will shutdown, and users will have to start a slow beat and migrate to YouTube Music.

“Over the past few years, we have enhanced YouTube Music to deliver a comprehensive listening experience, and have also added features to make Google Play Music users feel right at home.

We’re excited to officially begin inviting Google Play Music listeners to effortlessly transfer their music libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to YouTube Music, their new home for music listening and discovery”, Said Google.

Music fans who have spent valuable time building their various music libraries will have plenty of time to transfer them to YouTube Music. This can be done by the following transition steps:


  • Click on the transfer button in YouTube Music, and your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations and personal taste preferences will move right over.
  • Your updated recommendations will appear immediately on the YouTube Music home screen, and we’ll notify you via email and notifications when your music library transfer is complete and your music is in the “Library” tab.

Google stated that based on feedback from its Google Play Music users, it will start rolling out some pumped up features. These include: Playlist creations, uploads and an explore tab for users to find the latest jams.

“Fans can enjoy the ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free, or enjoy YouTube Music Premium, a paid membership that gives listeners background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience”, Said Google.

Existing pricing is the same between Google Play Music and YouTube Music , which is R59.99 per month in South Africa and offers a one-month free trial to new users.

However, the company stated that Google Play Music Unlimited members will be automatically granted the equivalent tier of YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium based on the level of benefits with their current subscription, at the same price*.

Quick fact: YouTube Music offers over 50 million official tracks, albums and high quality audio, as well as deep cuts, B-sides, live performances, and remixes you can’t find anywhere else.