YouTube Music will soon replace the Google Play Music streaming service, but you can easily transfer your musical library before the service fades out entirely.
Google Play Music will end its nine-year reign to fully merge into YouTube Music, which debuted in 2015.
For now, subscribers have access to both services, but to prepare for the transition to YouTube Music later this year, Google laid out steps on how to move music and podcasts over to the new streaming service.
Here’s how to transfer all your content from Google Play Music to YouTube Music:
- Download the YouTube Music app for iOS or Android.
- Open the app and sign in.
- You’ll see a “Transfer” button which you click on once and all of your uploads, purchases, added songs and albums, personal and subscribed playlists, likes and dislikes, curated stations, and personal taste preferences will move right over.
Google Play Music subscribers have until later this year before the service switches to YouTube music, but the pricing will be the same: An ad-supported version for free, an ad-free experience for $10 a month, or a premium subscription for $12 a month.
YouTube Music is also getting some upgrades that Google Play Music users have been asking for, including a larger playlist length at a max of 5,000 songs per playlist, the ability to add up to 100,000 personal tracks to your library, background listening (with the screen locked), and a new explore tab.
YouTube’s music streaming service also boasts 50 million tracks, albums, and high-quality audio, which is more than Spotify’s 40 million tracks.
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