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Google Play Music will shut down later this year - features are now available for transferring history/library to YouTube Music

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  1. [5]
    psi
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    It's strange that there are instructions to transfer libraries/playlists/etc when that feature doesn't actually seem to be available yet. That said, there also appears to be a desktop link to...

    It's strange that there are instructions to transfer libraries/playlists/etc when that feature doesn't actually seem to be available yet. That said, there also appears to be a desktop link to transfer music, but again it doesn't currently work.

    Having said that, is anybody actually excited for the transition from GPM to YTM? When I tried using the app a couple years ago, I found it lacking. I suspect that the app has improved since, but currently the only benefit to YTM over its competitors is the inclusion of Youtube premium (which can mostly be obtained with an adblocker). Why shouldn't I just transition to Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal?

    9 votes
    1. freestylesno
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      I started using the YouTube music app 6 months to a year ago. I switch back and forth between YTM and GPM, early on YTM was hard to use but did have some features the were an improvement. The big...

      I started using the YouTube music app 6 months to a year ago. I switch back and forth between YTM and GPM, early on YTM was hard to use but did have some features the were an improvement.

      The big jarring change I found was the UI/UX in YTM . Compared to GPM it doesn't feel as intuitive and is missing a lot of the fluidity. Over time they have made some updates but mostly I think I have gotten used to it.

      I found I discovered more music with GPM, and even more earlier on in it's life especially back when the had playlists currated by people. GPM playlists now kinda suck, I kinda feel like this has been done on purpose.

      Overall GPM has been left without any updates and has just been put out to pasture. I seem to use YTM a bit more but still get frustrated with it. For the most part I use either on in my car with Android auto which is mostly the same between the two.

      The big thing I'm wondering about is I got YTM at initial release and still pay that price, I think $8. This gives me YouTube premium too. It looks like the equivalent tier would be $12.

      Am I excited nope but they have made the two apps close enough to each other. At least they have handled it better then chat apps and we only have two.

      6 votes
    2. krg
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      NOOOOO!!! Been on Google Play Music since its inception and have maintained my $7.99 early-adopter pricing since. I REALLY dislike the interface. And conflating music listening stuff with Youtube...

      Having said that, is anybody actually excited for the transition from GPM to YTM?

      NOOOOO!!! Been on Google Play Music since its inception and have maintained my $7.99 early-adopter pricing since. I REALLY dislike the interface. And conflating music listening stuff with Youtube video watching stuff fuckin' sucks. I guess now's when I jump ship to Spotify...

      4 votes
    3. [2]
      skybrian
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      They announced this before sending email to everyone. Hopefully it will work by the time you get the email? No hurry though. It might be better to wait a few days after that for more bugs to be...

      They announced this before sending email to everyone. Hopefully it will work by the time you get the email? No hurry though. It might be better to wait a few days after that for more bugs to be found and fixed for the transfer process.

      It seems like the reason to do it is that transfer is easy and you will still have the transferred songs as reference/backup, even if you decide to use something else. I mostly use Spotify these days.

      3 votes
      1. Gaywallet
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        Just gonna quickly plug a website I pay for a subscription to https://soundiiz.com/ that's designed to manage libraries between platorms. Tagging @psi as well so they see it. It allows you to...

        Just gonna quickly plug a website I pay for a subscription to https://soundiiz.com/ that's designed to manage libraries between platorms. Tagging @psi as well so they see it.

        It allows you to transfer between platforms such as apple to soundcloud, etc. You can transfer directly to soundiiz as well. It's not perfect, but it does a pretty darn good job. I do a bit of amateur DJing and serato started allowing integration with tidal and soundcloud some time ago, so I pay for multiple music services. It's been quite useful as I sometimes add new music I find to playlists on one platform and want to transfer it to another to use in a set if I'm not sold on actually buying the music yet or it fits in a genre that I'd like access to but don't necessarily want to pay to own.

        5 votes
  2. ThyMrMan
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    I would look at swapping back to google play music after going to spotify a couple months back, but it just has some deal breaker issues for me. Main one is that subscribing to an artist also...

    I would look at swapping back to google play music after going to spotify a couple months back, but it just has some deal breaker issues for me.

    Main one is that subscribing to an artist also subscribes to their youtube channel. I really don't want my youtube feed and subscription list cluttered with things I've listened to. Things I listen to and things I watch should be two completely different things. Same goes for liking songs and liking videos, they end up interfering with the other one in ways I don't like.

    Another issue I had is with videos verse music. Even though I can search for a song and see the music video for it, they might not have the actual song. But I can't just grab the music video's audio and add it to be library, or even have it treated the same way as normal music. Which meant when I was trying to move my collection back over from spotify, I had dozens of songs that I could see but couldn't add to my library with the rest of the music.

    7 votes
  3. jcrabapple
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    I've been using YouTube music since launch, and pretty exclusively for about 8 months. I'm loving it. The UX is better than GPM. Music Discovery has become easier and more accurate. It now almost...

    I've been using YouTube music since launch, and pretty exclusively for about 8 months. I'm loving it. The UX is better than GPM. Music Discovery has become easier and more accurate. It now almost has complete feature parity with GPM. I've already moved my uploads and playlists.

    3 votes
  4. scrambo
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    I'm pretty sad they're shutting GPM down, this was my streaming service of choice for the past several years. I'm willing to try out YTM to at least see what it's like, but the last time I tried I...

    I'm pretty sad they're shutting GPM down, this was my streaming service of choice for the past several years. I'm willing to try out YTM to at least see what it's like, but the last time I tried I was not a fan of the interface. I don't need (or use) any of the features for Music Videos or shit like that, I just want music. When it comes down to YTM vs Spotify I'm already feeling a stronger pull from Spotify. Spotify integrates with Groove on my Windows box, so that's ALREADY one huge plus that I don't think YTM or GPM has. I would say "Sorry Google" but they're big enough to where me leaving isn't a loss by any means :/

    3 votes
  5. [7]
    Halfloaf
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    I'm a bit old-fashioned in that I prefer buying albums to a subscription service. I transitioned from Prime music to Google Play music earlier this year, because that functionality was available,...

    I'm a bit old-fashioned in that I prefer buying albums to a subscription service. I transitioned from Prime music to Google Play music earlier this year, because that functionality was available, and Google Play was a little less annoying than Amazon in pestering me for a subscription.

    Would anyone be able to suggest a service where I can buy albums from artists that isn't iTunes?

    1 vote
    1. [2]
      Bauke
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      I posted a topic recently asking about other people's experiences buying music online with great responses, it might answer your question too.

      I posted a topic recently asking about other people's experiences buying music online with great responses, it might answer your question too.

      3 votes
      1. Halfloaf
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        Thank you! I'll have to check it out!

        Thank you! I'll have to check it out!

        1 vote
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      ClearlyAlive
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      Can't you do that on Amazon?

      Would anyone be able to suggest a service where I can buy albums from artists that isn't iTunes?

      Can't you do that on Amazon?

      1 vote
      1. Halfloaf
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        I can, but I've been trying to use Amazon a bit less recently.

        I can, but I've been trying to use Amazon a bit less recently.

        1 vote
  6. Grzmot
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    Let's see how long they'll keep Youtube Music before it gets replaced by Google Tune™℠®©

    Let's see how long they'll keep Youtube Music before it gets replaced by Google Tune™℠®©

    7 votes
  7. babypuncher
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    Google Stadia will be shutting down later this year. Features are now available for transferring achievements/library to YouTube GameStream.

    Google Stadia will be shutting down later this year. Features are now available for transferring achievements/library to YouTube GameStream.

    3 votes