Google is saying goodbye to its users’ uploaded Google Play Music library this week.
The service officially stopped working in December, but users can still transfer their music. After next week, transferring music out of Google Play Music will no longer be possible. Users who haven’t downloaded or transferred their music are encouraged to do so.
The deletion will remove your entire Google Play Music library, including any tracks uploaded to its cloud locker. Play Music data includes purchases, playlists, stations, albums, songs, and any likes/dislikes you accrued over the years.
Google Play Music was supposed to be finished in 2020, but Google extended the deadline.
“On February 24, 2021, we will delete all of your Google Play Music data. This includes your music library with any uploads, purchases, and anything you’ve added from Google Play Music. After this date, there will be no way to recover it,” the email sent to users reads.
“You’ve already transferred to YouTube Music. But, if you’ve made any changes, you still have the option to transfer again, so your music library is up to date. If you would like to download your Google Play Music library and data, you can do so with Google Takeout before February 24, 2021.”
Google appears to be rolling out the email in waves, so if you haven’t gotten one yet, you will. It serves as a final reminder to finish exporting any music library data you want to keep. You can either transfer your music to YouTube Music or download it via Google Takeout.
How to Export Google Play Music Library via Google Takeout
Want to take your data out of the Google ecosystem? Here’s how to do so before the cut-off date later this month.
- Go to takeout.google.com on a desktop or laptop. Don’t do it on a mobile device.
- Sign in with your Google Account.
- Select ‘Google Play Music‘ and deselect the other options to only export your music.
- Scroll down and click ‘Next.’
- Select ‘Export Once.’
- Specify the file type and size limits. Choosing .zip files is probably the best option.
- Click ‘Create Export‘ and wait for your downloads to complete. How long you have to wait depends on the size of your library.
That’s it; once you have the .zip file on your computer, you’ve got your entire Google Play Music library. It took Google nine years to kill it off completely, but after this month, it’s gone for good.