YouTube Music Finally Supports Google Assistant & Android TV

YouTube Music Finally Supports Google Assistant & Android TV

"Earlier this year, we announced our plan to sunset the Google Play Music experience", the support document notes. Naturally, many customers took Google up on the offer, and that has made it hard to move away from Play Music. That day will soon arrive: Google Play Music is shutting down for everyone by December 2020.

The analyst said last month that YouTube Music "is likely to flounder", adding, "Sorry, Google - you're too little, too late". Subscribers in New Zealand and South Africa will no longer be able to use the app from September, and other global markets, including India, will not be able to access the app from October. After December, according to YouTube, the service will be killed off once and for all. Within those apps, you'll see a YouTube Music icon that will let you play, skip or pause music, choose playlists or open the YouTube Music app. Additionally, while Play users will have the option to transfer their libraries to the new platform using a "transfer tool", Google has yet to release a statement concerning the fate of free user libraries. You can purchase it from other services and upload it to YouTube Music, though.

The ad-free YouTube Music Premium service is $9.99 per month in the US, and provides for offline and background playback. It's also harder to stream that music from various devices - you basically have to give in and pay for a YouTube Music subscription for Assistant-powered speaker support.

This is a huge shift for Google, because come September it will cease to offer an avenue to outright purchase music using Play Store.

With the decision, users of the app or service via the web will no longer be able to access it to stream, purchase music or even download content already purchased. The first is to visit music.youtube.com/transfer and click on Transfer.

If you still haven't transferred your music libraries yet to the new platform, then there's still time for you to do it.

It's been a slow fall from grace for Play Music. Takeout also downloads a CSV file with a list of all your albums and playlists, so at least you can have a written record of what you used to listen to. It has redesigned the user interface and added the Explore tab.

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