December is the last month you'll be able to access Google Play Music. 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. This won't come as a surprise -- YouTube announced the change back in August, and over the last few months, Google Play Music users lost the ability to purchase, preorder, upload or download music on the platform, or stream music from the app.
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We respect your privacy. All email addresses you provide will be used just for sending this story. Fans of the streaming service Google Play Music may soon want to hold a moment of silence. Google has announced that the app will be shut down and replaced by the YouTube Music app, which has been available for a few years. You can also download your files if you want to take them elsewhere.
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YouTube is still an ad-supported platform and free users will need to watch ads to consume content. No doubt anticipating a flood of questions and concerns about cost and pricing, Google issued a chart that explains precisely what is included in a subscription to each of its new paid-tier services. Whether the chart has made understanding the pricing structure more complicated, however, is a separate issue entirely.
Subscriber Account active since. Free subscriber-exclusive audiobook! Get it now on Libro. Essentially, YouTube is transforming its Hulu-style video service YouTube Red into a music streaming service with a Hulu-style video service upgrade. It's weird. Pretty sweet! YouTube Music Premium offers access to millions of songs over the internet or downloadable for offline listening, playlists, and dedicated apps to manage your library.