Google Play Music is officially shut down. Its website now displays a banner that reads “Google Play Music is no longer available”. It recommends that users transfer their music to YouTube Music, or download/ delete their data. Last year, Google replaced it with YouTube Music as the preinstalled app on new Android devices. The shutdown was happening in phases, with some GPM users still able to access the service. GPM was Google’s first music streaming experiment. It lasted for nine years in the US. The availability of music at YouTube Music includes many of the releases from mainstream artists and extends to any video categorized as music on the YouTube service.
The free tier usually plays songs in its versions of music video where applicable. It displays video advertisements. The Premium and YouTube Premium plans are available in individual and family variants. A family plan allows up to six family members from the same household to access plan features. Eligible students can obtain a discount on an individual plan. YouTube Music is based around three tabs, Home, Explore and Library. Explore lets users easily find new music, like new releases, as well as dive into moods or genres. People can like or dislike music. The service has trial options for new users.