Google Starts Killing Google Play Music Everywhere, Including on Android Auto

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Google has started the demise of Google Play Music, the application that the company planned to kill off by the end of this year and whose users it’s trying to migrate to YouTube Music.
More specifically, some of those who are trying to launch Google Play Music today are no longer able to do so, as the application fails with a generic error that informs the service has been retired.

Google Play Music is no longer available. You can still transfer your library, including playlists and uploads, for a limited time,” the error that shows up on the screen when launching the app reads.

By the looks of things, the application is now showing this message on all platforms out there, including Android, which means that running it on Android Auto is no longer possible either.

But on the other hand, worth emphasizing is that not everybody is getting the aforementioned error, which is an indication that the closure of Google Play Music takes place in stages. Google has remained tight-lipped on this phased retirement of Play Music, but the company did announce that the app is supposed to go dark by the end of the year.

The search giant’s recommended service for Google Play Music is YouTube Music, no matter if they previously used the app on a mobile phone or in the car.

For Android Auto users, the switch to YouTube Music has been quite a challenge, as the service originally didn’t allow them to access their existing libraries that contained tracks purchased from Google Play Music without a subscription. This meant that users had to pay twice for the same music, and this has caused quite a public backlash against YouTube Music.

Earlier this week, however, Google silently added a free tier to YouTube Music on Android Auto, allowing users to listen to their existing songs without the need for a subscription.
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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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