Goodbye Google Play Music, You Will Be Remembered

Many saw it coming and it was as if Google Play Music had been long giving its users hints about what’s about to crop up even before they have made official announcements. And now, it has already happened. Google Play Music is gone and perhaps will forever be remembered by those who truly relied on the service for their craving for music.

Way back on May 23, 2018, Google Play Music has announced through a Tweet that they launching a then all-new music streaming service, the YouTube Music. And this announcement, after a few years, was followed by other announcements that lead Google Play Music to its fate.

On May 12, 2020, Google Play Music has published one of its earliest Tweets teaching its users how to transfer their library to the latest new music streaming service. Beginning then, almost every tweet they are making were all about encouraging their users to transfer to YouTube Music.

Finally, on August 4, 2020, it was confirmed by the YouTube Team via their YouTube Official Blog that “YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by end of 2020.”

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been welcoming Google Play Music listeners to YouTube Music as they effortlessly transfer their music libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to YouTube Music. Today we’re announcing two important updates. First, YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by December 2020. Users will have the opportunity to transfer their music libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music in that timeframe. Second, in the coming months, Google Play Music users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app.

-YouTube Team, Official YouTube Blog, August 4, 2020

This big reveal was then followed by another official announcement published in the Google Support on August 5, 2020 saying, “Google Play Music, Music Play Store & Music Manager are going away.”

According to this announcement, the music streaming service is bound to shut down by December 2020. However, starting September members will already begin to lose access to the service.

Source: Google Play

Moreover, just on October 31, 2020, Wired said that “Google Play Music died last week.” And guess what, Google Play said something of the same note, “Google Play Music is no longer available.”

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Source: Wired, Google Play Music Official Twitter, Google Play, YouTube Official Blog

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