Google music is coming to an end back up your

August 6th, 2020 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

The message from today’s blog post is “back up your music now,” because Google says it will wipe out all Google Music collections in December 2020.

For most regions, Google narrowed it down to “October.” :

Late August—Users will no longer be able to upload or download music through Music Manager. Pre-orders and purchases will be shut down.
September—Streaming shuts down for users in New Zealand and South Africa.
October—Global streaming shutdown. The Google Music app and website will cease to be.
December—Music collections get deleted.

At the time of the streaming shutdown, the app will have been showing shutdown messages for several months.

To save your music collection go to and click a few buttons to start the YouTube Music transfer process. The process is painless, and your Google Music account will continue to work even after the transfer. If you decide you don’t want to use YouTube Music, then you still have access to a ton of download options later, without the looming threat of the Google Music deletion.

A copy of your files isn’t hard to get. The Google Music Manager is a Windows and Mac application that can upload music or download your entire music collection with a few clicks, but as Google said, it wil lsoon stop working The other option is Google Takeout, which will wrap your entire music collection in a zip file and send you a download link. The processing for this can take hours. Whichever option you choose, make sure you do something before December because, after that, there will be no way to recover your music.

Other similar close downs include:
Google Fiber kills TV service, focuses on broadband and YouTube TV
Google gives Chrome OS Apps a shutdown date
Google is killing Google Cloud Print

Play Music since 2011 let users upload thousands of songs to the Internet, for free, for streaming playback on most other devices. It was the primary way to play music on the Google Home smart speakers, and it offered music purchases, monthly streaming radio, and podcasts. Google decided to make a competing music streaming service i- YouTube Music, which is now Google’s favored music app. The merger between the two was originally announced in 2018, and it’s happening. YouTube Music emphasises music videos, and the app has a more modern design. YouTube Music awkwardly blends together your entire 15-year YouTube activity history with your music collection, tossing any “liked” videos and subscriptions that have been algorithmically been flagged as “music” into your collection, and mixing together your YouTube playlists and Google Music playlists. There is no way to stop this.

YouTube Music is meant to drive up Google’s subscription numbers for the monthly streaming license fee. The app does away with music purchases and will not let you stream your own music to your Google Home speakers without paying the monthly fee. It’s a big downgrade from Google Music, which offered more functionality to people who purchased music. In 2018, Google told Google Music users “nothing will change” regarding YouTube Music’s uploaded music functionality, but now that the feature is actually here, that’s… not true.


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