That stated, Play Music users have had a long period of time to download or move their music. Google initially validated that Play Music would be closing its digital doors back in August 2020. Speaking at the time about the choice, Google said: “Over the past couple of months, we’ve been inviting Google Play Music listeners to YouTube Music as they easily move their music libraries, individual taste preferences and playlists to YouTube Music.
“Today we’re announcing 2 important updates. YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by December 2020. Users will have the opportunity to move 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 utilize the Google Play Music app. Furthermore, we are making changes to the Google Play shop and Music Manager.
“Starting in September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa– and in October for all other global markets– users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app. But do not fret, we will be keeping things like your playlists, uploads, purchases, likes and more up until December 2020 to make your transfer to YouTube Music easier. Users who want to move their music libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, can do so through December 2020, after which their Google Play Music libraries will no longer be readily available.”