A Little Google Takeout (Premium)


Thanks to my transition from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, Google reminded me of a feature called Takeout that needs more attention. This is Google’s system for allowing users of its products to download, backup, and reuse the data that the firm has collected and, in some cases, delete it.

According to the Google Takeout website, the service lets you “export a copy of [the] content in your Google Account to back it up or use it with a service outside of Google.” And the amount of data it has---at least in my case---is a bit astonishing. Given how long it took me to download my Google Play Music data---more on that below---I strongly recommend not sticking with the default, which is to download everything. But it’s certainly worth examining the list.

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