Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

It’s the beginning of the end for Google Play Music

It’s the beginning of the end for Google Play Music

Google says that the closure is due to YouTube Music. First launched in 2012, the hub allowed smaller indie artists to upload and sell their music through the Google Play store and Google Play Music service.

With this statement, Google has confirmed that YouTube Music Premium is replacing Google Play Music. After Google+ and Inbox, the company is also shutting down its Google Play Artist Hub at the end of this month. It gave those musicians the tools they needed to track sales and other metrics, and it meant that anyone could put their music on the streaming service - whether they were signed to a label or not. Google said it plans to make the transition to YouTube Music as smooth as possible.

On April 30, the Google Play Artist Hub will be shutting down.

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Today, Google revealed (via 9to5Google) that it will remove the Artist Hub on Google Play Music, which features up-and-coming bands and musicians. "In anticipation of this change, we are shutting down the Artist Hub". This was the way independent artists managed their profiles on Google Play Music, including uploading their music to the service.

The service will no longer work as of April 30, 2019.

Users who are looking to leaving Google Play Music and bringing their collection elsewhere are advised to start the process soon as downloading the Play Music library can turn out to be quite cumbersome.

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