The move was intended to avoid confusion about Google's music services , but it's taken almost three years to become a reality. Google Play Music will shut down later this year. Those who want to get started now can download the YouTube Music app on their phones, and click a transfer button inside the interface. The app should then upload your purchases, added songs and albums, playlists, and basically all your preferences from your Google Play Music profile.
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Google Play Music is shutting down in December. But 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. At this point, you've still got time to access Google Play Music, move your music over and get used to the YouTube Music interface. But you can no longer purchase, preorder, upload or download music from Google Play Music through Music Manager. In the US and other areas globally, that will happen sometime this month. 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.
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The move comes after months of speculation following Google's decision back in February to combine its YouTube and Play Music teams. According to The Verge , YouTube Music head Lyor Cohen said the company wanted to merge the services to help "educate consumers and bring in new subscribers". Google's complicated music offering currently spans three different apps. YouTube Music is a free app open to everyone but offers an enhanced experience if you're also signed up to YouTube Red, which gets rid of adverts on videos and lets you save them offline. At the same time, people who sign up for Play Music will also get YouTube Red's benefits -- if you sign up for one, you get the other free. It's not yet clear whether the two apps will merge -- it seems unlikely, because they have such separate focuses.