It’s no secret that streaming service Google Play Music will be shutting down, as its parent company concentrates its energy on YouTube Music.
The process of phasing out the older service is stepping up, with the closure later this month of the Google Play Artist Hub. This was the way independent artists managed their profiles on Google Play Music, including uploading their music to the service.
“With the launch of YouTube Music last year, we eventually plan to replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music. In anticipation of this change, we are shutting down the Artist Hub,” Google told musicians, in an email republished by news site 9 to 5 Google. What’s more, as of 30 April, these artists’ content – including their music – will “no longer appear in the Google Play Store or Google Play Music service”.
Artists are being advised to switch to a distributor if they want to continue selling their music on Google’s download store – AWAL, Believe, CD Baby, DistroKid, Stem and TuneCore are the six distributors being recommended.