Google Play Music is shutting down in December. But don't worry, Google now has an easy way to move your music library, playlists and preferences over to YouTube's music-streaming service. But YouTube Music recently unveiled a tool to help you transfer your entire library, profile and playlists from Google's streaming service into YouTube's revamped one with just one tap. YouTube Music is also getting some new features that may make it a bigger competitor to streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. At this point, you've still got time to access Google Play Music, move your music over and get used to the YouTube Music interface. But you can no longer purchase, preorder, upload or download music from Google Play Music through Music Manager. In the US and other areas globally, that will happen sometime this month.
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But Google this week has given users a deadline on making the switch. Though December is the final deadline for being able to export from the Google Play Music app, your ability to stream from the Google Play Music app will end before then. The rest of the world will lose their access in October. However, Google will continue to make your content available for export through December. Through the transfer tool released in May , Google Play Music users will be able to export their playlists, uploads, purchases, likes and more to YouTube Music. Users also can use the Google Takeout service to export their data and download their purchased and uploaded music. Starting this month, users will no longer be able to make purchases or pre-order music from Google Play Music through Music Manager, nor will they be able to upload and download music. The company has been preparing YouTube Music in advance of this shift to address complaints Google Play Music users had with earlier versions of the service.
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Google Play Music is a music and podcast streaming service and online music locker operated by Google , part of its Google Play line of services. The service was announced on May 10, ; after a six-month, invitation-only beta period, it was publicly launched on November 16, In August , Google announced that the service would start gradually shutting down in September, and will be replaced by YouTube Music and Google Podcasts by December