Google has announced that the company is finally discontinuing their Play Music app and service. The users will no longer be able to buy new music, and are advised to transfer their library to YouTube Music, a new service that Google actively promotes.
The official announcement has been made in the YouTube Music blog, with the following schedule.
- YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by December 2020.
- Starting in September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa — and in October for all other global markets — users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app.
The company promises to keep users' playlists, uploads, purchases, likes and more until December 2020 to make it possible to transfer the contents to YouTube Music easier with a special tool. Listeners can also choose to delete their Google Play Music data after moving it.
Additionally, Google is making changes to the Google Play store and Music Manager.
Starting in late August, users will no longer be able to purchase and pre-order music or upload and download music from Google Play Music through Music Manager.
The announcement also mentions a number of improvements made to YouTube music to make Google Play Music users feel more at home. These include smart playlists, explore music option, Google Maps integration, and the ability to receive music recommendations from Google Assistant. Also, YouTube Music becomes available on Android TV devices.