"And, of course, we will be sure to notify all users ahead of subscriptions being canceled", Google said in a blog.
Rather than pay labels and artists sums based on direct purchases, it appears Google is keen to push its streaming model instead - which we don't think is a positive for artists or listeners - which lacks any unique selling point given the volume of already successful premium streaming services out there.
With this step, Google tries not to get lost in the race to do business in streaming music. Starting in September in New Zealand and South Africa and October for the rest of the world, you won't be able to use Play Music anymore.
So what do you do?
If you now pay for Google Play Music (which is $US10 ($14)/month) and decide not to switch over to YouTube Music, Google will cancel your subscription for you in October so you won't continue to get charged for a service you don't use or don't want.
Google said that users who want to transfer their music libraries to YouTube Music can still do so until December 2020, after which their libraries will no longer be available.
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A shutdown message has been appearing in the Google Play Music app for months now.
The modifications are going to start ahead of anticipated, what with Google now not accepting any buy or pre-order requests, and eradicating the choice to add or obtain music from Google Play Music through Music Supervisor beginning late August.
The ad-free YouTube Music Premium service is $9.99 per month in the USA, and provides for offline and background playback. The company has now announced a dedicated YouTube Music Android TV app along with a few new features.
Alternatively, you can also make use of Google Takeout that will let you export and download all your music files and account-related data and store it wherever you like. The company will scrap the Google Music app and the website will no longer be accessible.
YouTube Music offers a variety of playlist options now, too, including collaborative playlists built with friends and new programmed playlists built by editors.