Google has announced that Google Play Music will shut down, access for South Africa and New Zealand will be cancelled in September 2020 and in other regions it will be cancelled in October 2020.
YouTube music will be replacing Google Play Music, this was reported in May 2020 but there was no full layout plan as to when the shutdown would be implemented.
Google Play Music introduced a transfer tool a few months ago so that users could transfer their music to YouTube music this included transferring playlists, artists, albums songs, purchase content, recommendations, and uploads.
They can also use Google Takeout to export data, download their purchased and uploaded music.
Users will not be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app, they will also not be able to purchase, pre-order, upload, or download music.
Google has made some new features and has improved some of the old ones for YouTube Music, one of them is the Players page for Android users this feature will provide better playback controls and easier access to related music and song lyrics.
Another feature is on “Android TV” this new update will bring YouTube music to TV’s which will allow users to view live performances and videos.
Another feature is the Android combination Google Maps which will allow users to listen to music while they are on Google Maps.