13 October 2020
Google has officially announced that its Play Music app is shutting down completely and will be replaced by YouTube Music by December 2020. So, it is highly recommended to transfer your music libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music in the meantime.
Google has also announced that in the coming months, Google Play Music app will no longer be able to stream music. Google specifically mentioned that starting in September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa, users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app. Also, the same will go in effect for all other global markets in October 2020.
While Google prohibits streaming in the said timeframes, it holds onto things like your playlists, uploads, purchases likes, and more until December 2020. But you have to make a transition in the meantime in order to keep your playlists with you.
Needless to say, Google will no longer let you purchase and pre-order music or upload and download music from Google Play Music through Music Manager.
In May, Google announced a new tool to let you easily migrate your music library from Play Music to YouTube Music. The tool lets you migrate uploaded and purchased songs, albums, personal and subscribed playlists, and stations. The tool also transfers the liked and disliked songs. While announcing this new tool, Google also mentioned that YouTube Music can update your music recommendations based on your Play Music listening history.