In early December, the Google Play Music website and mobile apps officially stopped working for all users around the world. It marked the biggest step in the transition to YouTube Music, but there is one final step left. Today (December 31) should be the last day to transfer your Play Music library to the replacement YouTube service or download it using Google Takeout.
Upload or download your Play Music library
When visiting music.google.com or the Android and iOS apps today, a “Upload to YouTube Music” prompt will appear. This is the easiest way to quit Play Music and includes: uploads purchases, playlists, stations, albums / songs saved to your library, likes / dislikes and billing information.
You also have the option to “Manage your music” by deleting your music library and / or recommendation history. The third option is to download your music library using Google Takeout:
A list of songs, playlists, radio stations, uploads, and purchases in your Google Play Music library, as well as your play and search history.
Playlists, radio stations, and track information will be provided in CSV format, while your previous downloads and Google Play purchases will be available as MP3 files. You can choose to receive the download link by email for local storage or save it to Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, or Box. This will allow you to store audio locally or switch to another music app.
Play Music transfer deadline
In August, Google said that the ability to download or transfer your Play Music library would be available for a short while after shutting down the app.
But don’t worry, we’ll keep things like your playlists, uploads, purchases, likes, and more until December 2020 to make your transfer to YouTube Music easier. Users who want to transfer their music libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music can do so until December 2020, after which their Google Play Music libraries will no longer be available.
However, the deadline for doing either of those things is expected to be December 31, according to Google’s original timeline, and YouTube hasn’t provided any further guidance beyond that. After that, the company plans to automatically delete all user data from Play Music.
There may be a grace period before both export options are made impossible by removal. For example, other parts of Play Music – the desktop Music Manager app, Play Music Store, assistant speaker integration – have been phased out. But to be safe, Google Play Music users should download or upload today.
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