As Google takes a huge step towards the official phase-out of Google Play Music, users across the country are now having to adjust their devices and their way of jamming out to the best tunes by transferring all of their playlists, artists, and songs to YouTube Music.
The transition has been in the works for a while now, but it was only announced mid-May that users would have to move their music over before Google Play goes to its digital grave by the end of the year.
Unsurprisingly, an overwhelming amount of users showed concern and also frustration at losing this music-streaming platform, especially after many have spent years curating and adjusting their playlists and folders. In fact, polls conducted after the announcement was made show that 42% of Google Play users are unwilling to switch to YouTube Music because of how deeply unsatisfied they are with the platform.
For the most part, many are unhappy with the lack of features YouTube Music has compared to Google Play, which is why many have either switched to other services like Apple Music or Spotify rather than deal with the alternative. With so many music streaming services on the internet that aren’t nearly as good, users don’t feel like Google Play really deserve getting the axe.
How To Switch Your Music Over to YouTube
As we’ve said, you do have some time to move your Google Play Music over to YouTube, but the platform we have so loved for years will definitely be gone by the end of 2020.
Luckily, Google has made it very easy for you to transfer all of your music while keeping your carefully selected playlists intact. Google users will, within the next few weeks, receive an email that walks you through how to move your vast library of content.
The steps are as follows:
- Download the YouTube Music app to your phone
- Click on the transfer button when the app opens. This will move your uploads, purchases, added albums and songs, personal and subscribed playlists to YouTube, as well as your likes and dislikes, curated stations, and personal taste preferences.
- Your recommendations will update accordingly and appear on the home screen on YouTube Music. You’ll be notified via email and notifications from the app when your transfer is complete and your music is settled in the Library tab.
It’s that easy! You can also do this process with Google podcasts if you have any liked or subscribed podcasts that you wish to transfer as well.
Perks of YouTube Music
Though we know some of you are not happy about the switch, YouTube music certainly has some nice perks and features. Within their catalog, they have 50 million tracks and albums available and even live performances and remixes to listen to that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
Paid subscribers have even more perks, and the price for YouTube Music is comparable to that of Google Play Music with prices starting at just $9.99/month for ad-free listening. Paying listeners can enjoy offline music by downloading videos or songs, and there are lyrics available that you can follow along with.
YouTube Music is available on all devices capable of downloading apps including android devices, iOS devices, smart TVs and even the DISH Network Hopper 3 HD DVR. All sin all, changes are coming for Google Play Music users, but YouTube Music may just be the next best thing.