Starting today, YouTube will officially invite Google Play Music listeners to transfer music library, personal preferences and playlists to YouTube Music.
For now, users will continue to have access to both services. YouTube ensured that users have time to transfer their content and get used to YouTube Music. It’ll provide plenty of notice to users who will no longer have access to Google Play Music later this year.
Easy Transfer and Transition
Many listeners have spent a lot of time creating their perfect music and podcast libraries in Google Play Music, so YouTube has made it simple to move both to their new home. All Google Play Music users will soon receive an email with detailed instructions on how to begin transferring full Google Play Music history and content, as well as podcasts, to the new app.
Music fans will be able to start the transfer process of their music library to YouTube Music by following these steps:
- Download the YouTube Music app (iOS/Android).
- Click on the transfer button in YouTube Music, and your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations and personal taste preferences will move right over.
- Your updated recommendations will appear immediately on the YouTube Music home screen, and we’ll notify you via email and notifications when your music library transfer is complete and your music is in the “Library” tab.
If you’re a podcast listener, you can visit Google Podcasts and transfer your subscriptions and episode progress with a single click. Google Podcasts is the platform’s dedicated podcast player available for free on Android and iOS, and accessible from Google Assistant, Google Search, Google Home, and more.
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YouTube Music Updates
YouTube listened to Google Play Music user feedback and recently introduced additional new features to YouTube Music for fans to enjoy. Some of the YouTube Music features include:
- Playlist Creation: increased playlist length from 1,000 to 5,000 songs to make room for even more of your favorites songs.
- Uploads: You can listen to your uploaded and purchased music from Google Play Music after your transfer, or add up to 100,000 personal tracks to your library in YouTube Music (an increase of more than 50,000 compared to Google Play Music).
- Offline listening: Paying members can download any song, playlist, music video, or let smart downloads (Android only for now) do it for you so you always have something to listen to, even when you don’t have service.
- Lyrics: Lyrics offer highly visible access to follow along to tracks.
- Explore Tab: An all-new Explore tab offering one go-to place to discover new music and YouTube Music’s vast catalog of playlists through New Releases and Moods & Genres sections.
Existing pricing is the same between Google Play Music and YouTube Music. Fans can enjoy the ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free, or enjoy YouTube Music Premium, a paid membership that gives listeners background listening, downloads, and an ad-free experience for ₹99.00 a month. Or you can try YouTube Premium to extend ad-free, background listening, and offline playback across all of YouTube for ₹129.00.
Google Play Music Unlimited members will be automatically granted the equivalent tier of YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium based on the level of benefits with their current subscription, at the same price*.