Please note, Google Play Music is no longer available. This article is here for legacy purposes.
Google is known for starting projects publicly and then ending them without much fanfare. Google Plus, Google TV Fiber, and many others got canned and now even Google’s streaming gaming service Stadia is headed for the Google Graveyard. It’s getting crowded in there! But with so many big companies like Apple, Amazon and even Sony having a music store as a corner stone of their respective media empires, it’s a shock that Google is going to drop Google Play Music.
Better hurry, February 24th, 2021 is the deadline for you to head over to Google Play Music and download your purchases. The process is pretty straight forward: Log in with your google account, then click “Download Your Music Library”. The site will walk you through the steps to get your tracks.
You can also click the big blue “Transfer to YouTube music” if you’re interested and setting that up going forward. We transferred ours and got a message that said it could take up to 24 hours, but it only took a few minutes. Be warned, that the transferred music seemed a little hidden. It is seen as an “upload”, not as standard YouTube Music. You can find it if you click the “YouTube Music” drop down under albums or other sections in the site’s “Library” section.
Let’s hope YouTube Music doesn’t end up in the Google Graveyard like YouTube Gaming and YouTube Messages did!