How to export your Google Play Music Library to YouTube Music

As Google Play Music moves ever closer to it’s end to be replaced by YouTube Music you can now easily transfer your music library across.

Google have launched a new feature for transferring your library from their long-running streaming service Google Play Music to their new flagship service YouTube Music.

All Google Play Music users will apparently receive an email soon that provides detailed instructions on how to begin transferring their libraries.

They will need the YouTube Music app downloaded on either an iOS or Android device. A new transfer button will be available that can be used to export music libraries including playlists, stations, likes and dislikes, and their personal taste profiles.

Once the transfer is completed the changes will be immediate when you look at your YouTube Music profile – presenting a personalised home page based on your library and music listening history.

You can transfer your podcast tastes over to Google Podcasts as well with a single click on this web page. Google Podcasts is a free podcast home for Android and iOS.

Google have said that they will close Google Play Music for good later this year and have been making preparations for the migration. There is no exact date yet but they promise to provide plenty of notice for users.

In order to make GPM users happy about the move, as well as appealing to existing YouTube Music users, they have recently been adding new features with plans for more to come:

  • Playlist Creation: We’ve increased playlist length from 1,000 to 5,000 songs to make room for even more of your favorites songs.
  • Uploads: You can listen to your uploaded and purchased music from Google Play Music after your transfer, or add up to 100,000 personal tracks to your library in YouTube Music (an increase of more than 50,000 compared to Google Play Music).
  • Offline listening: Paying members can download any song, playlist, music video or let smart downloads (Android only for now) do it for you so you always have something to listen to, even when you don’t have service.
  • Lyrics: Lyrics offer highly visible access to follow along to tracks.
  • Explore Tab: An all-new Explore tab offering one go-to place to discover new music and YouTube Music’s vast catalog of playlists through New Releases and Moods & Genres sections.


Existing pricing is the same between Google Play Music and YouTube Music. Fans can enjoy the ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free, or enjoy YouTube Music Premium, a paid membership that gives listeners background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for $9.99 a month. Or you can try YouTube Premium to extend ad-free, background listening and offline playback across all of YouTube for $11.99 (USD).

Google Play Music Unlimited members will be automatically granted the equivalent tier of YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium based on the level of benefits with their current subscription, at the same price*.

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