A Christmas Miracle: Google Play Music Still Working on Android Auto

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Google Play Music has long been the preferred music app for Android Auto users, but not a long time ago, Google announced a decision the community received with mixed reactions.
The search giant decided to kill off the service as it moved the full focus to YouTube Music.

As we reported not a long time ago, using Google Play Music is no longer possible right now. Connecting to the service fails, with an error telling users the service has been discontinued and their only option is to just migrate the entire library to YouTube Music.

Google Play Music is no longer available. You can still transfer your library, including playlists and uploads, for a limited time,” the notification displayed when connecting to Google Play Music reads.

In theory, this is pretty much the end of Google Play Music as we know it, only that some people just don’t want to give up on it. And this is why, despite Google insisting on making the switch to YouTube Music, some just stick with Google Play Music for as long as possible.

As it turns out, although the service is officially retired, it still works on Android Auto, as some redditors discovered recently. Of course, it’s only able to play locally stored music, as otherwise it’s not allowed to connect to Google servers for streaming.

Needless to say, it’s all just a matter of time until the app as a whole stops working, especially because all it takes is a single line of code to shut down Google Play Music on Android Auto.

It remains to be seen how many users eventually make the switch to YouTube Music. In the meantime, Spotify too wants to be part of the fun. The company has recently started the work on adding support for local libraries on Android, in a clear attempt to attract former Google Play Music who just want to play their own music.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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