Google Play No Longer Sells Music

Posted on October 13, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Google Play Music, YouTube Music with 36 Comments

As part of its phased migration from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, Google no longer sells music from its Play Store.

“The Music store on Google Play is no longer available,” Google explains on the web version of its store. “To continue listening to your Play Music library, transfer your library to YouTube Music. You can also download your data via Google Takeout or delete your data through your Play Music account settings.”

Granted, this was telegraphed months in advance: Google has been plotting this transition for years, and it replaced Google Play Music with YouTube Music in Android a year ago and then began migrating users to the new service in May.

But it is perhaps notable that Google will no longer sell music and is moving instead to a fully streaming-based model for music. That leaves on Apple and Amazon as major players in digital music sales. And of the two, only Apple offers a full slate of music services, with streaming (Apple Music), purchasing (iTunes), and uploading (iTunes Match) capabilities.

Google, for its part, now only offers streaming and uploading, the latter via the new and pretty basic capability on the web. You can learn more about how that works from the YouTube Music Help site.

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