So long Google Play Music, we hardly knew you. Well, that’s not true – we have known you for almost nine years and you are pre-installed on about a billion Android phones. But you won’t be around for long: Google withdraws Play Music in October in favor of shiny new YouTube music.
Play Music got off to a promising start: it offered an alternative to the iTunes Store for MP3 purchases and offered users free storage space to stream tens of thousands of their own songs from Google̵
The Play Store MP3 storefront will close later this month and users will no longer accept sales. Streaming of purchased or uploaded music ends in September in New Zealand and South Africa (for some reason), the rest of the world follows in October.
Google saves customers’ music and playlists a little longer and only deletes all data in December. Until then, users must initiate a YouTube Music transfer that stores purchases, uploads, and playlists.