Today, Google shared a detailed timeline of the Google Play Music shutdown. Users in New Zealand and South Africa will be stripped of their access in September and users in other regions will be suspended in October. By December, the service will be completely shut down and users will not be able to transfer content. In addition, from later this month, Google will no longer accept music purchases from the Play Store.
Google is now making these big moves because its YouTube music service is in full swing as a substitute. Just a few months ago, it began allowing Google Play Music users to transfer almost everything from their library to new services, including playlists, artists, albums, songs, purchased content, recommendations, and uploads. Transferring all this content is as easy as opening the YouTube Music app for the first time.
Google promises that it will give users sufficient tips and sufficient transfer time to continue using the service until it shuts down, especially if it buys a new device pre-installed With Android 10, and YouTube Music has replaced Google Play Music directly, so users can only complete the migration before the service closes.