Google Play Music to stop playing by end 2020

End of the road

Google Play Music will stop playing by the end of 2020. It has joined a growing list of products that Google has canned over the year.

Google is encouraging current users to switch over to YouTube Music.

“Starting today, we’re excited to officially begin inviting Google Play Music listeners to effortlessly transfer their music libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to YouTube Music, their new home for music listening and discovery,” wrote the Google post.

Until the year end, users will have access to both platforms so that they can transfer their contents and get used to the new service. Google Play Music users will soon receive an email with instructions on how to effect the transfer.

“We’ve listened to Google Play Music user feedback and recently introduced additional new features to YouTube Music for fans to enjoy,” said Google.

These include the lengthening of playlist from 1,000 to 5,000 songs; the adding of up to 100,000 personal tracks to the YouTube Music library; offline listening; and lyrics.

While both Google Play Music and YouTube Music cost the same, YouTube Music Premium comes ad-free at US$9.99 per month.