Why should you transfer your music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music anyway?
Because Google is planning to kill the service in the near future and it seems that the proper replacement is YouTube Music.
Is YouTube Music Replacing Google Play Music?
Google has two music streaming services: Google Play Music (launched in 2011), and YouTube Music (launched in 2015). Even for Google, having two similar music streaming services that can cannibalize on each other is not the smartest idea.
While Google claimed that “if you use Google Play Music, nothing will change,” recent changes suggest something else. We think, that many users will still be able to continue using Google Play Music in 2020, but its features will be integrated into YouTube Music and at some point, Google Play Music users will be forced to migrate.
How To Transfer Your Music From Google Play Music to YouTube Music
YouTube Music is making the transfer of your artists, albums, songs, playlists, uploads, purchased music, and recommendations really simple.
Note: According to the YouTube blog, all Google Play Music users will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to begin transferring full Google Play Music history and content, as well as podcasts.
To transfer your music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, you can either wait for an official email, visit music.youtube.com/transfer, or follow the simple guide below:
Download the YouTube Music app for Android or iOS.
Click on the Settings and tap on Transfer from Google Play Music option.
You should see a list of songs, albums, and uploads you’re going to transfer.
Agree to the terms of service, then click Transfer.
When your music transfer is complete, you will be notified via email and notifications. Your music will be in the Library tab.
Note: If you’re a podcast listener, you can visit this web page and transfer your subscriptions and episode progress to Google Podcasts with a single click. Google Podcasts is our dedicated podcast player available for free on Android and iOS, and accessible from Google Assistant, Google Search, Google Home, and more.
YouTube Music Pricing
Existing pricing is the same between Google Play Music and YouTube Music. You can use YouTube Music for free, but with ads, or subscribe to YouTube Music Premium, a paid ad-free membership for $9.99/month. Or you can try YouTube Premium to extend ad-free, background listening, and offline playback across all of YouTube for $11.99 (USD).
Main photo by Malte Wingen