According to a blog post published by YouTube, YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by the end of 2020. Over the past few months Google has been updating YouTube Music with new features. Google Play Music listeners can effortlessly transfer their music libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to YouTube Music.
The deadline for the migration to YouTube Music has been set to December 2020, after which their Google Play Music libraries will no longer be available. According to the post, users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app starting in September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa. For the rest of the global market it will be October.
Google ensured that they will be holding onto things like your playlists, uploads, purchases, likes and more until December 2020 to make the transfer to YouTube Music easier. The transfer tool was added to Google Play Music in May.
The subscription will be automatically cancelled for users who do not transfer to YouTube Music at the end of the billing cycle. The users will be notified before the subscription gets cancelled.
Additionally, they are making changes to the Google Play store and Music Manager too.
Google has added new features to YouTube Music like player page redesign to provide better playback controls, and easier access to related music and song lyrics. The new Explore tab, available on both mobile and the web is the consistent destination to find new releases including albums, singles, and music videos. Also, users can browse vast catalog of diverse playlists through the Moods & Genre section.