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Google’s efforts in music have had a number of names before arriving at Play Music in March 2012. The online service consists of a cloud locker, streaming service, and podcast directory. As of February 2015, Google bumped the number of songs users can freely upload from 20,000 to 50,000. Those songs are downloadable and listenable from Android and iOS, as well as a web app.

All Access is a $9.99 per month streaming service that gives users access to 35 millions songs and countless radio channels and playlists. As of 2015, it is available in 63 countries and sold in conjunction with YouTube Red in some regions. Most recently, Play Music added support for podcasts subscribing and listening.

Google Play Music Stories April 8

Goodbye Google Play Music: 7 alternatives to YouTube Music you should probably try [Video]

With Google Play Music now double dead and even fully disabled on devices in favor of YouTube Music, if you’re simply not a fan of the replacement, you might be looking for some serious audio alternatives.

Google Play Music Stories April 6

In mid-March, Google removed the ability for users to download their Play Music library via Takeout. With that data now gone, Google Play Music is getting one last update on Android to hide the app.

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Google Play Music Stories March 17

At the start of December, the Google Play Music website and mobile apps officially stopped working for all users worldwide. It marked the biggest milestone in the transition to YouTube Music, but there is one last step. Before February 24th, transfer your Play Music library to the replacement YouTube service, or download using Google Takeout.

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Google Play Music Stories February 4

Google Play Music stopped working at the start of December, but the files you uploaded to the cloud locker and other data remain available for export. That will be changing later in February when Google deletes all information associated with Play Music.

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Google Play Music Stories December 3, 2020

Google started shutting down its legacy streaming service around the world in October. Google Play Music is now officially dead for all users.

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Google Play Music Stories October 22, 2020

At the start of August, Google provided an official timeline for shutting down YouTube Music’s predecessor. Google Play Music has now stopped working for many users on Android, iOS, and the web.

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Google Play Music Stories October 18, 2020

With streaming music being the norm now, just about every major service offers a family plan so everyone can enjoy it at a discounted rate. With YouTube Music, though, family plans get complicated for younger kids, and there’s no fix in sight either.

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Google Play Music Stories October 14, 2020

Google Play Music will soon be shut down, pushing its users to either YouTube Music or to switch to another provider entirely. Parts of Play Music have been closing for a few weeks, and now, Google Assistant speakers are losing support.

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Google Play Music Stories October 12, 2020

At the start of August, Google provided an official deprecation timeline for Play Music. The incremental shutdown continues today with Google getting rid of the ability to buy music from the Play Store worldwide.

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Google Play Music Stories September 30, 2020

Google Play Music Manager for Windows is now shutting down

Ahead of the eventual shuttering of Google Play Music next month, the desktop Music Manager application is now beginning to shut down ahead of a drawn-out conclusion for the music streaming service.

Google Play Music Stories August 31, 2020

By October, YouTube Music’s predecessor will stop working around the world. Ahead of that, the latest version of Google Play Music for Android introduces an “Export local playlists” capability.

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Google Play Music Stories August 18, 2020

Gifted Play Music subscriptions will be converted to Google Play credits

Google is preparing for Play Music’s end of year shutdown in a number of ways. The latest step sees those gifted Play Music subscriptions receive Google Play credit as compensation.

Google Play Music Stories August 17, 2020

At the start of this month, Google laid out how Play Music will stop working starting in October. The move is controversial to some, and the company today sent out a survey to YouTube Music users that have transitioned their library. 

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Google Play Music Stories August 5, 2020

Google is preparing to shift all Google Play Music users over to YouTube Music in just a matter of weeks, but there are still a lot of loose ends to tie up to get to feature parity. Today, Google has confirmed that the Play Music app for Wear OS will die in just a couple of weeks, but YouTube Music isn’t coming any time soon.

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Google Play Music Stories August 4, 2020

In May, the push to get Play Music users to switch to YouTube Music started in earnest with the launch of a long-awaited transfer tool. Google today explained the shutdown timeline for Play Music and fully detailed what’s going away.

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Google Play Music Stories June 12, 2020

One month ago today, Google announced that it would start transitioning Play Music users to YouTube Music. The company explicitly said that the migration tool would become available “over the next couple of weeks.” A warning in YouTube Music today notes that “transfers are delayed” due to “high demand.”

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Google Play Music Stories May 19, 2020

Ahead of Play Music shutting down later this year, Google last week started letting users transition their libraries to YouTube Music. The full rollout of the YouTube Music transfer tool will take several weeks, but you can now sign-up for early access.

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Google Play Music Stories May 12, 2020

Google Podcasts can import all your Play Music podcast subscriptions

A big Google Podcasts revamp in March redesigned the Android experience, introduced an iOS app, and brought subscriptions to the web. To further drive adoption, Google is letting old Play Music users transfer over podcasts.

Play Music has been in limbo since YouTube Music relaunched two years ago. As the latter streaming service gains new features — like last week’s Now Playing redesign and discovery revamp, the Play-branded app has been functionally and visually frozen. Users have had no choice but to keep using it as switching would require starting their audio experience from scratch. That’s changing today as Google starts letting you transition Play Music libraries to YouTube Music.

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Google Play Music Stories April 28, 2020

YouTube Music has seen a number of changes in recent weeks ahead of Play Music’s eventual deprecation. The latest tweaks how the YouTube Music Library is organized by separating “Subscriptions.”

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Google Play Music Stories April 10, 2020

Some Google Play Music subscriptions are failing to auto-renew, a fix is coming

Google Play Music has been around for a long time, but the service is on its last legs as YouTube Music prepares to take over. Now, some Google Play Music subscribers are getting cancellation notices as their subscription failed to auto-renew.

Google Play Music Stories February 6, 2020

According to two sources familiar with the matter, Google has internally rolled out a beta version of YouTube Music that adds support for the music library/cloud locker functionality you might be familiar with from Google Play Music. One source suggested that efforts to transition Google Play Music users to YouTube Music are right around the corner…

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Google Play Music Stories October 3, 2019

[Update: Temporary issue] Google Play Music app is no longer searchable on the Play Store for some users

We all know that time is slowly running out on Google Play Music as Google eyes a transition to YouTube Music within the next few years — or potentially much sooner. In an odd quirk, reports are coming in of people not being able to find the Google Play Music app within the Google Play Store.

Google Play Music Stories September 27, 2019

Behind-the-scenes, Google requires hardware manufacturers to preinstall certain apps to get access to other first-party services. YouTube Music is now on that list for newly launched Android 10 devices, while the soon-to-be-replaced Play Music is being dropped.

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Google Play Music Stories August 20, 2019

While YouTube Music has seen a steady series of updates in recent months, Google Play Music has stagnated ahead of its eventual replacement. In April, Google removed a direct portal for smaller artists to upload songs, and is now removing the ability to gift Play Music subscriptions.

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Google Play Music Stories April 3, 2019

Last year, YouTube Music became Google’s primary streaming service with the company telegraphing that Play Music will eventually be replaced. Google this month will close the Google Play Artist Hub that musicians use to directly interact with the Play Store.

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Google Play Music Stories February 7, 2019

There is a weird issue with Google Play Music right now that prevents users from casting any 2019 tracks from the music streaming application from your phone to your Google Home connected devices. expand full story

Google Play Music Stories October 4, 2018

How to add Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music to Google Maps on Android and iOS

Google Maps revealed a handy new Commute tab earlier this month, and alongside it, the app also debuted native music controls for a handful of popular services. Here’s how to add Spotify to Google Maps.

Google Play Music Stories October 2, 2018

Google releases guide to prevent double-billing for YouTube and Play Music

The state of Google’s media services is currently a bit of a mess. The lines between Google Play Music and YouTube are blurred in somewhat confusing ways. This has caused double-billing issues for some, which Google has now addressed in a new support guide.

Google Play Music Stories May 21, 2018

How to download your entire library including purchase songs from Google Play Music

With the revamp and launch of the new YouTube Music, Google has stated that nothing should change for users who use Play Music. But in case you’re worried about your purchased music or the songs you’ve uploaded to the service, it’s easy to download a copy of everything to your computer. Here’s how.

Google Play Music Stories May 16, 2018

For the past several months, a revamp to Google’s streaming music offerings has been widely rumored. A new report today pegs the launch of the revamped YouTube Music for next week, while YouTube Red and other video features will be replaced by a new “Premium” service.

Update: Google has officially announced the new YouTube Music and Premium.

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Google Play Music Stories April 24, 2018

Update: A source tells us that Google is currently planning to stick with the “YouTube Music” brand for the forthcoming music service. Remix, as has been previously reported, is only the internal codename.

A tipster told us recently that Google has lately been “preparing to shut down Google Play Music,” something that I hinted at early today in a tweet listing the service among a couple of other current Google products that I think are about to get cut. While we couldn’t corroborate the tip, it appears Droid-Life has — Play Music subscription streaming is likely shutting down soon.

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Google Play Music Stories April 16, 2018

Google Play Music 8.8 adds several new ‘Privacy & location’ options to settings

The last update to Play Music for Android was in February with a minor and solitary addition of a setting to remove album artwork from the lock screen. A new version today consolidates several options under a new “Location & Privacy” section and adds others that were previously only found on the web.

Google Play Music Stories March 15, 2018

We’ve known for quite some time that YouTube has been planning a new premium music subscription service, but the details have been a bit unclear at times. Now, at SXSW, YouTube’s Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen, has given a bit of extra insight.

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Google Play Music Stories February 26, 2018

Google Play Music 8.7 gains setting to remove album artwork from the lock screen

In light of the rumored revamp of Google’s music streaming services centered around YouTube, Play Music for Android has been light on updates in recent weeks. Today, a new version is rolling out that adds the ability to disable album artwork from the lock screen.

Google Play Music Stories January 31, 2018

How to wake up to your favorite music using Google Home

Do you use your Google Home as a bedside alarm clock? Do you wish you could be woken up by a specific song instead of an annoying alarm? Well, it’s possible and here’s how…

Google Play Music Stories December 19, 2017

Earlier this month, more details emerged about the long rumored subscription service from Google that would merge Play Music and YouTube. Negotiations with music labels were cited as an obstacle at the time, but today, YouTube has struck the necessary deals.

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Google Play Music Stories December 7, 2017

For the past year, Google has been rumored to be working on a new music streaming service. In February, the Play Music and YouTube teams were combined, with the merger of the two products actually confirmed in July. A new report today shares more details, including a possible launch date.

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Google Play Music Stories October 18, 2017

Google just gave Play Music a fresh redesign on Android TV [Gallery]

Android TV has largely been neglected in a lot of ways, but with a fresh redesign incoming and Google Assistant’s recent debut, things are looking up. Now, in a recent update, Google has given the Play Music app on Android TV a fresh makeover.

Google Play Music Stories October 10, 2017

Early last year, Play Music added a directory and podcast playback to the Android and web apps. Later on, Google’s music service was updated with machine learning to deliver personalized and contextual recommendations for songs and playlists. A recent startup acquisition now suggests that podcast personalization could be coming.

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Google Play Music Stories August 4, 2017

While we wait for YouTube Music and Google Play Music to merge into a singular, more cohesive service, Google is updating the former to now allow users to save individual songs, playlists, and albums for offline use. This is a pretty basic feature that should have been included a while ago, but we’re glad to see it finally make an appearance.

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Google Play Music Stories July 31, 2017

Google Home has received fairly regular updates since its launch last fall, with one of its latest additions allowing users to play songs that they had either purchased from (or uploaded to) Google Play Music. This allowed Home owners to still listen to tracks on Play Music even if they didn’t have a subscription to the streaming side of the service. Unfortunately for some people, this update has been pretty bumpy since its launch.

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Google Play Music Stories July 26, 2017

Back in February, Google combined their YouTube and Play Music teams in order to “deliver the best possible product.” That move widely suggested that Google was working on a single music service to greatly simplify their offering. Today, that merger was officially confirmed by YouTube’s head of music.

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Google Play Music Stories July 21, 2017

Google Play Music is rolling out a small tweak to its web app that makes navigation slightly easier and noticeably faster. Instead of requiring a tap of the hamburger button to reveal a navigation drawer, there is now a persistent side navigation rail.

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Google Play Music Stories July 17, 2017

After launching on the web app several months ago, Play Music for Android is finally testing an identical interface that directly lists songs, albums, and artists in search results. Furthermore, songs can be conveniently played from the inline interface.

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Google Play Music Stories July 13, 2017

When the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were unveiled, Samsung and Google announced a partnership that would give new owners of the handsets several exclusive Play Music features. One of which was a new radio station called New Release that was updated daily with new songs, curated by your music tastes. Starting this week, anyone can listen to New Release Radio without having Galaxy S8…

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Google Play Music Stories July 12, 2017

At I/O 2017, a spate of new features and media integrations were announced for Google Home. The latest allows the smart Google Assistant speaker to stream uploaded and purchased songs from Play Music.

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Google Play Music Stories June 27, 2017

How to fix Google Play Music v7.9 crash

As we reported earlier today, the latest version of Google Play Music (7.9.4920) started rolling out yesterday and once installed, many users are seeing the app crashes when the phone or tablet is connected to a Bluetooth device. Thankfully, there is an easy but tedious temporary fix until Google pushes a new build of Play Music that has fixed this problem…

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