Google's lengthy road to shutting down its music streaming service Google Play Music is finally reaching an end.
Google Play will be replaced by the Google-owned YouTube Music by December, the company announced today (Aug. 4), and users will have until then to transfer their music libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to the latter streaming service. The news comes nearly three years since YouTube's global head of music, Lyor Cohen, first divulged plans to merge the two platforms in July 2017.
Google Play will be phased out in stages. Starting in late August, users will no longer be able to purchase or download music on the Google Play app. Users in New Zealand and South Africa will begin to lose access to streaming on the app altogether in September, and for all other global markets including the U.S., that will happen in October.