Google Play Music starts shutting down next month

Carla Harmon
August 5, 2020

The Google Play Music app will shut down from September 2020 in South Africa, according to an update posted on the YouTube blog. Play Music is scheduled to meet its end this winter, with streaming capabilities slated to be killed off "in the coming months". Users who wish to transfer their music libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, can do so through December 2020, after which their Google Play Music libraries will no longer be available.

To take your Google Play Music data and export it elsewhere, you can use the Google Takeout tool to get an archive of your playlists and MP3 files purchased over the service. "Starting September 2020, users will begin losing access to Google Play Music".

In May of this year, we learned that Google Play Music wouldn't make it out of 2020 and that the transition from it to YouTube Music was finally happening.

You can now play recommended music with simple Google Assistant voice commands.

That said, it's probably in your best interest to make sure that your "Charter Boat Fishing" tracklist is backed up somewhere in the meantime. That means Google won't have a place to buy music outright, like Apple does with the long-running iTunes Store and Amazon does with its own platform. "Listeners can also choose to delete their Google Play Music data, and we will clearly notify all users before they lose access to their Google Play Music library and data".

Some of the new YouTube Music features include: "assistive playlist creation", which lets you add recommended songs based on existing songs in a playlist; collaborative playlists created with other users; and a redesigned player page for Android mobile with improved playback controls and easier access to related music and other features like song lyrics. In May, the company launched a migration tool (available at that lets Google Play Music customers transfer their music libraries to YouTube Music.

Google will be alerting its Play Music subscribers to these changes via email to avoid any surprises. Those are the guinea pigs - if there are no major issues, Google will shut the service down in all other regions.

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