YouTube has announced that its YouTube Music service will eventually replace Google’s Play Music platform by December 2020. Google has been migrating user accounts, data and playlists from its music platform over to the former’s these past few months, while also further updating Youtube’s service with new features.
A recent blog post by YouTube stated that playlists, libraries and content in Play Music will not be erased just yet. This would allow users to have ample time to migrate their content and preferences to YouTube Music until the end of the year. Additionally, it added that music and other media will no longer be purchasable on Google’s platform starting later this month.
To provide users with a fresh new experience, YouTube’s music streaming service has been revamped with a new Player page designed with a new Explore tab, and some new integrations with existing Google services. These include integrations with Google Maps, Android TV app, and even Google Assistant.
Play Music will be completely discontinued in 2021, and subscriptions to it will be automatically cancelled as well. The phase out will begin in September, starting with regions such as South Africa and New Zealand. This will be applied to other global markets later in October onward.
(Source: Youtube official blog)