We’ve seen a lot of coverage over the last few weeks regarding YouTube Music. First, it was about if users would be able to transfer libraries over from GPM, which turned into when? Then we got the nod, only to find out it was for selected markets in the early stages but Aussies are able to move over.
There has been a bit of a worrying questions for some users who are on old, grandfathered plans from Google Play Music… Will my billing go up if I transfer over?
As you can see, this morning many users who’ve made the move got the answer we’ve been waiting for in an email from the YouTube Music Team. No, your billing will not go up and if you’re — like me — a long time GPM user, you’ll continue to get access to YouTube Premium for Ad-free playback there too.
It is confirmation from our announcement post way back at the beginning of May:
Those who already have a GPM subscription will be grandfathered over to YouTube Music and will be placed on an equivalent tier but continue to pay the same cost that they were at GPM. For those who are yet to sign up there is still the ad-supported free tier with the next level being YouTube Music Premium which gives listeners background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for $11.99 a month.
That is not to be confused with YouTube Premium which will extend that ad-free, background listening and offline playback to all of YouTube — this will set you back $14.99. Family accounts are still supported and will be transferred over as above. Even if only one person from a family transfers their music over at this stage there will still only be the one fee for the family account.
I’ll admit I had some concerns over the potential for a bill increase with the move but also trusted that Google would do the right thing by their users as promised — it appears they are doing just that.
For users who haven’t yet made the move, what barriers are preventing you from getting off Google Play Music?