There are too many streaming music services available. While it sounds like consumers get choice, streaming music is quickly turning into a commodity at the moment. Which I for one, think is a good thing.
Google are no stranger to retiring their services regardless of their following. Apple too have had many examples of removing much loved hardware features from their products (I’m looking at you headphone jack).
Google have stated that Google Play Music will not see 2021. [Insert Covid-19 joke here] via their YouTube blog:
For now, users will continue to have access to both services. We want to ensure everyone has time to transfer their content and get used to YouTube Music, so we’ll provide plenty of notice ahead of users no longer having access to Google Play Music later this year.YouTube.googleblog.com
This one stings a little for me personally. But I can’t argue with my actual use case. I’ve been a user of Google Play Music in the past, and quite liked their browser, Android & iOS implementations, but it didn’t stick. I now jump between Apple Music and Spotify, because they are, frankly, better services.
The problem I have with closing the service is I don’t believe they an adequate product to replace what they are removing.
I’ve used YouTube Music and something annoys me with the video implementation side, even though it’s how “kids” listen to music these days, it’s not how I listen to music. I prefer a much more traditional, dare I say it, iTunes style arrangement, with Albums, Artists, Songs lists etc.
YouTube Music isn’t quite sure what it wants to be, and while they are trying to be all things to all people I think they will still struggle with Marketshare, regardless of how massive their popular video streaming site is.
It does look like you have some time to move all your saved files over to YouTube Music if that will be it’s new home. Google have released a feature that will import all your Google Play Music playlists and uploads over to YouTube Music, so don’t fret if the idea of recreating new stuff freaks you out entirely.
So now might be a chance to break free from Google and try some other offerings. Spotify is far and away the biggest and most popular one out there, so if you are on Android give that a go.