Officially speaking, Google Play Music is dead… But there are still aspects of it that users may be somewhat attached to. An email out to past Google Play Music users issues a last chance warning to run a transfer to YouTube Music (again if you’ve already transferred but made changes) or run Google Takeout to prevent data loss. The deadline for this to occur is February 24th.

On February 24, 2021, we will delete all of your Google Play Music data. This includes your music library with any uploads, purchases and anything you’ve added from Google Play Music. After this date, there will be no way to recover it.

You’ve already transferred to YouTube Music. But, if you’ve made any changes, you still have the option to transfer again so your music library is up to date. If you would like to download your Google Play Music library and data, you can do so with Google Takeout before February 24, 2021.

If you have questions, we’re here for you. Check out our support resources.

It’s a good gesture from Google to remind users before data deletion, despite the fact users have not been able to access it for some time. It will be interesting to see if YouTube Music maintains the userbase over time, or if many will head for other options.

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And there’s bugs with the downloaded archives.
You’ll only get back some of your uploaded files, downloaded as part of these archives.
I was able to ID a few albums I’d ripped years back and uploaded to my Google Play Music Library, by their lower kbps, 192 and 256. But a bunch of single tracks I’d also uploaded, at that same time, were missing in the archives, and I’d not deleted those tracks from my Google Play Music Library.


Finished pulling down all my archives this morning, and unpacked the lot.
Found another _serious_ gotcha.
_EVERY_ MP3 file in the archives will have to be manually properly renamed and retagged.
There is NO artist/album directory structure in the archive.
This results in long artist/album/track filenames being even more badly truncated, on top of how GPM always truncated track filenames when downloaded via Google Play Music Manager, as well as the tags in MP3s.

For me, that’s only 2108 MP3s to fix. Happy fun joy…. NOT. 🙁


Phil, I’m currently downloading my 20Gb of GPM Takeout, and there’s one gotcha, and one Important point to note, with downloading this Takeout archive: The gotcha: Depending on how obsessive you are at checking email, you’ll have 5 or 6 days to complete the download, starting from when Google send you the email that the archive is ready for download. I put my request in to prepare my archive for downnload on Feb 3, the email thaat the archive was ready was sent while I was asleep Feb 4, so I didn’t see it till this morning Feb 5, and… Read more »