The new YouTube Music service has only just been launched, and it clearly represents Google’s push to make a service that will genuinely challenge the incumbency of Spotify and newcomer Apple Music. While not everyone can use it yet, the writing is quite literally on the wall for Google Play Music which will – ultimately, one day – become part of YouTube Music and cease to exist as a separate entity.
When this happens, what will happen to the life you’ve built for yourself in Google Play Music? What about your uploaded music (and the ability to upload more), playlists and more? Well, Google has confirmed these will become part of YouTube Music, too:
Your collection, playlists and preferences will be preserved at migrated to YouTube music for a soft landing.
— t. jay fowler (@tjayfowler) May 17, 2018
The ability to upload music is a key feature to me; I love downloading old-fashioned mix-sets from the Internet and throwing them up in Google Play Music so i can listen to them everywhere. Hearing that YouTube Music will inherit this only makes me happier, and less worried about the eventual demise of Google Play Music.
When will all this happen? For now, Google’s plan is to make the move from Google Play Music to YouTube Music complete sometime in 2019. By then, you can rest assured, the main features we know and love in GPM will be there waiting!