Google Play Music shutdown: How to transfer playlists to YouTube Music

Google Play Music shutdown: How to transfer playlists to YouTube Music

Siphelele Shezi


Google Play Music initiated its four-month shutdown and announced that the service will be gone by the end of the year and replaced by YouTube Music.

Here’s what you need to know about the shutdown, and how to save all your beloved tracks.

What’s happening with Google Play Music

Google announced this week that YouTube Music will be replacing Play Music “as your new destination for music listening and discovery”. The shutdown is already on motion, as per Google’s recent statement.

You will still be able to access Google Play Music between now and December 2020, at which point the service will be disabled entirely. Google understands that we’ve spent years building our playlists.

Users would be able to easily transfer their memberships and music library to YouTube music. This includes playlists, uploads and recommendations. If you choose not to transfer, your membership will be cancelled when the time comes.

The YouTube Music experience

Termination of your membership also means that you’ll lose membership benefits at the end of the billing cycle of the month during which Google Play Music shuts down in your area. However, Google will notify you before that happens.

Google assures users that even though YouTube Music looks a bit different from what you’re used to, it’s still “built by the same team with the same passion”. It will also offer more than 65 million official songs, albums and playlists.

“Thanks for being a loyal member. We hope that you’ll enjoy the YouTube Music experience, and we’re here for you if you have any questions”.

The Google Play Music team

Transfer from Google Play Music to YouTube Music

If you choose to transfer your playlists and music library from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, simply follow these steps:

  • Download the YouTube Music app.
  • Click on the transfer button in YouTube Music
    • Everything will transfer over, including uploads, purchases, added songs, personal and subscribed playlists and curated stations. 

Once the transfer is complete, you will receive an email from Google to notify you of the status.

 Google guarantees

According to Google, the membership price won’t change. You’d still get the same ad-free, offline and background-play features with the new membership, in addition to new benefits as a nice little treat.

The one-click transfer will ensure for a seamless switch between Google Play Music and YouTube Music, and you won’t lose any of your playlists or music recommendations.

Google also explained that your billing will move over as well; meaning if you have a family plan, the rest of your family members on the plan “can each decide when to move their music library over”.