The Google Play Music website and mobile apps officially stopped working for all users worldwide at the beginning of December 2020. It marked the biggest milestone in the transition to YouTube Music, but there is one last step remaining. You should transfer your Play Music library to the replacement YouTube service, or download your library using Google Takeout before 24th February 2021. So, visit today at music.google.com, the Android, or iOS apps to receive a “Transfer to YouTube Music” prompt. It is the easiest way to switch away from Play Music and includes: uploads purchases, playlists, stations, albums/songs saved to your library, likes/dislikes, and billing information. Alternately, there’s the option to “Manage your music” by deleting your music library and/or recommendation history.
The third option is to download your Play Music library using Google Takeout: A list of the tracks, playlists, radio stations, uploads, and purchases in your Google Play Music library, as well as your playback and search history. Playlists, radio stations, and track information will be provided in CSV format, however, your previous uploads and Google Play purchases will be available as MP3 files. You can choose to receive the download link via email for local storage or have it saved to Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, or Box. This will allow you to store audio locally or switch to another music app. Google said in August 2020 that the ability to download or transfer your Play Music library would be available for a short while after the app shuts down.
It follows other parts of Play Music including the desktop Music Manager app, Play Music store, and Assistant speaker integration. The service is gradually being deprecated on 24th February 2021, then, it 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. The original of Google looked to be 31st December 2020, but several additional weeks were provided. Google gave 3 weeks’ notice via email at the start of February that it plans to automatically remove all Play Music user data on Wednesday, 24th February 2021. Google identifies users in the message that already transferred to YouTube Music to give them “the option to transfer again so their music library is up to date”.