Google Play Music set to shut down ‘later this year’


Tech giant Alphabet currently runs two music streaming services, YouTube Music and Google Play Music, but has never hidden its intentions to shut down the latter at some point, to focus purely on YouTube. That moment appears to be coming in 2020.

Yesterday, YouTube Music got a new ‘transfer button’ helping Google Play Music users transfer over their libraries. In the announcement of the new feature, YouTube had this to say about the transition.

“For now, users will continue to have access to both services. We want to ensure everyone has time to transfer their content and get used to YouTube Music, so we’ll provide plenty of notice ahead of users no longer having access to Google Play Music later this year.”

The long lead time is partly so YouTube Music can add more features matching what Google Play Music subscribers are used to: recent examples including bumping up playlist lengths from 1,000 to 5,000 songs; supporting people’s uploaded and purchased music libraries; and offline listening.

Stuart Dredge

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