Don't worry, Google now has an easy way to move your music library, playlists and preferences over to YouTube's music streaming service. But YouTube Music recently unveiled a tool to help you transfer your entire library, profile and playlists from Google's streaming service into YouTube's revamped one with just one tap.
YouTube Music is also getting some new features that may make it a bigger competitor to streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. For now, users will have access to both services, giving them time to move their music over and get used to the YouTube Music interface.
But starting at the end of August, you won't be able to purchase, preorder, upload or download music from Google Play Music through Music Manager. In the US and other areas globally, that will happen in October. You'll still find your playlists, uploads, purchases and likes in Google Play Music until December, so you can make your transfer to YouTube Music. But your Google Play Music library will no longer be available after December. YouTube Music released a tool back in May to help you move your music, playlists and preferences over to the platform, which we'll explain how to use below.
Or you can use Google Takeout to export a copy of your library while you decide what to do with it. If you haven't done either yet, now is the time. If you don't transfer your account, Google will cancel your subscription at the end of the last billing cycle you'll be notified ahead of time. As of last year, YouTube Music and Premium had 20 million paid subscribers , compared to about million on Spotify. Where YouTube Music stands out from its competitors is in its deep integration with your YouTube and Google profiles, which translates into better recommendations for you, the companies say.
Since many people use YouTube for music discovery, the Music app tracks your video searches and determines what you might want to hear next. Or, to do it from a desktop, go to music. Tap it from either app, and your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations and personal taste preferences will all start moving from Google Play Music to YouTube Music. Depending on how much music is in your library, the move could take up to a few hours. You can close the app and use your phone in the meantime, and open it back up to track the progress if you want to.
You'll get a notification and an email when your music library transfer is complete. Open YouTube Music and find your music in the Library tab, along with updated recommendations. YouTube Music works through an app and web player, offering more than 50 million official tracks, albums, deep cuts, B-sides, live performances and remixes. Another cool feature: Toggle over to the lyrics of a song while you're listening to get karaoke-ready, or over to its music video , which plays in real-time with the song. Google Play Music Unlimited members will automatically be moved to the equivalent tier of YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium based on their current subscription, at the same price.
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