It’s been a long, slow and shaky road, but Google is finally accelerating the transfer from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, and the library transfer feature is now live and functioning in Australia. You no longer need a VPN to trick the feature into working, and will probably receive (if you haven’t already) an email from Google inviting you to transfer over.
Even better news is that, instead of being neglected like usual, Google’s G Suite customers are included – my GPM subscription is attached to a G Suite account and the transfer process was open to me and worked seamlessly. Perhaps a first for G Suite customers to be included in the first tranche of a new release feature.
I did the transfer this morning, and commenced the transfer process effortlessly – just a couple of clicks and of it goes:
The process (for me, at least) took maybe 10-15 minutes and I received an email advising me my transferred library was done, and ready to enjoy:
All my playlists, purchased music, uploaded music and more have come across and they’re in YouTube Music ready to use, just as if they were still in Google Play Music.
Unlike many, I’d suggest, I won’t miss Google Play Music at all. Its interface has become dated and neglected in recent years, and while it still functioned perfectly well for what it was intended to do, YouTube Music has come along in leaps and bounds. It’s my go-to music app when I’m at the gym (mainly because I like to listen to recorded live-music sets rather than albums), and at least half the time it’s what I’m listening to in the car as well.
I’m one of those weird people who keeps Spotify and YouTube Music going at the same time, because for me at least they serve different purposes. Spotify Family subscription keeps my family members happy with their music wherever they go, and YouTube Music pretty much takes care of me.
I won’t be upset to uninstall Google Play Music now that YouTube Music has – for me, at least – reached feature parity. If you ask me, it’s a better product now. What are your thoughts?