If you’ve got a Google Play account, then you may have noticed that the Music Store seems to have disappeared – but why?
Google Play, formerly Android Market, was launched in 2008 as the official App Store for Android phones and devices. It offers different digital services like books, apps, games, movies and until recently – music.
The Music Store is no longer available on Google Play, but where has it gone?
Google Play Music has been discontinued
Google actually announced a really long time ago that the Google Play Music Store would be disappearing in the near future, and back in August they finally put a date on it, confirming that it would be discontinued in September 2020.
They began to roll it out gradually, first discontinuing Google Play Music in New Zealand and South Africa before the rest of the world followed in October.
Google Play has now officially stopped its music services around the world, and by the end of the year the app will no longer be accessible – but why?
Why is Google Play Music no longer available?
- It’s been replaced by YouTube Music.
Google discontinued Play Music to replace it with a new music streaming service called YouTube music. YouTube is owned by Google, so the new app is essentially a new, updated and rebranded version of Google Play Music.
YouTube music will be free to use, but there will also be a premium subscription for £9.99/$9.99.
You can transfer your library from Google Play Music to YouTube Music
If you’re worried about losing all of your music then don’t be, because Google have made it really easy to transfer your library across.
When you visit the Play Music website, you are greeted with a message that tells you “the Music Store on Google Play is no longer available”.
It then explains that you can transfer over your whole library at music.youtube.com/transfer.