[Update: working for some but not others. YMMV]
After posting the question yesterday to our readers if they’d seen the month-old transfer tool for transferring your Google Play Music library to YouTube Music we were met with a chorus of “no”. Except for one where the “no” was followed by a BUT.
I have Tim in the comments section to thank for this but it is a simple solution and something we should have tried. To be honest I didn’t try it because Google usually has ways around us using VPN to circumvent their geo-restrictions. While our brethren over the Pacific Ocean have seen the transfer tool rolling out widely the last couple of days we are yet to see it here in Australia.
After reading the comment from Tim this morning I fired up my VPN provider (I use PureVPN and recommend it but I’m sure most of you already have your favourite one anyway) on my phone, surfed over to Canada, let it connect and opened YouTube Music.
If you’re not sure what VPN to use, try Surfshark, a great VPN for accessing Netflix from Canada.
Unfortunately nothing arrived in the app — just as DroidLife reported yesterday, some users are not seeing the notification that is meant to arrive there. I opened GPM but there was no notification in there either. Head into the study and try it on the PC using the desktop VPN app and the transfer website. Success.
There are no settings for you to provide and you can’t pick and choose what you want transferred over — it seems to be an all or nothing after all (Looks like I’m stuck with Hannah Montana and OneD forever). Anyway, hit the transfer button and it will begin transferring. It is not a quick process with the fact I was able to write this post and publish it before it was past the first step evidence of that.
Whatever the case, I don’t mind: set it running and head off to do other things while your music world is transferred across. The site says that once the transfer has begun you can explore YouTube Music while the process occurs in the background — I am not so trusting so am leaving it running in another tab.
To all those in the comments from yesterday and all those who didn’t comment, go and fire up your favourite VPN, point it at Canada and start enjoying YouTube Music with all your music library. Oh and thank Tim in the process.
Thank you Tim!