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Google Play Music is now being replaced by YouTube Music, here’s how you can save all your playlists, recommendations and other personal settings.

Get ready to move….If you need to..

Since Mid-last year Google’s Play Music Division has been has expressed how they are replacing the middling received but heavily used music player/streaming service with the newer, more streaming centric YouTube music. Google said that the move would take a while and they were going to work on the ability to transfer all user preferences and settings from Google Play Music to YouTube music. And now that that transfer feature has finally arrived, it’s probably time Google Play Music Users think about transferring their data and moving to the new app. The video above and our handy guide below will show you how.
Now let’ start with asserting one thing however: you don’t have to do this immediately. Google’s plan is to eventually phase out Google Play Music for good and make YouTube Music the default android music player for a lot of phones, but it definitely seems to be a long term process and we can’t rush to say people with older android phones (especially from 2016 and below) should necessarily be in a rush to make this change. If you just want to stay on the safe side and have already invested a lot into Google Play Music, i.e. making a lot of playlists, chosen some personal preferences or liked and disliked a lot of songs, then you might want to try this process out. And of course this will require an internet connection with respectable speeds so be ready for that too.
Now firstly, if you don’t have YouTube Music, you can get it from the Google Play Store Here:
Then login with the same account your Google Play Music has(you can find it by opening the menu on the top left or swiping from left to right).
Once logged in(and after the app has already preset some preferences), head to and see if you’re eligible for the transfer process. Google does seem to be prioritizing the streaming service users for now, but those whose playlists and offline preferences have been synced offline should be able to start the process as well.
You can keep checking back to the site to see the transfer progress as well, but considering most of us don’t use the streaming service and likely have less data to transfer, it shouldn’t take too long.
And that should be it!
So why are we being forced to move to this again?
Now why is Google doing this? Well three main reasons: streamlining their music streaming efforts , doubling down on those music streaming efforts to gain more profits, and finally, actually creating a seemingly better music app for said streaming efforts. Now to be honest, most of these objectives don’t seem to great for Zimbabwean users, as music streaming is definitely something that hasn’t full caught on yet. However hopefully the app still works as well offline as Google Play Music did, meaning that even Zimbos can get the advantage of a better default music player on some android phones. This is actually something I personally had been hoping for, as I ended up ditching Google Play Music for a modded version of Sony’s “Sony Music” android app, as it’s interface, default shuffle algorithm and audio enhancement features felt more my speed. Which is of course the main benefit of Android, the capability to customize it to almost your heart’s content, and if YouTube Music eventually gets forced on everyone (it’s already the default music player on android 10, with Android 9 soon to follow), then those who totally hate it can likely find another music player to fill their quota. But for now, those who want to make that transition easier, or still want to use Google’s apps can use the guide above, and hopefully YouTube Music will give people the music app Google should have given them from the beginning. We’ll test it out in the coming weeks and let you know.

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