It’s Time to Say a Final Goodbye to the Best Android Auto Music App We Ever Had

Google Play Music was retired in December 1 photo
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There are several music players available on Android Auto, but for many people out there, Google Play Music was the best choice, period.
Google killed off Play Music last year, so the service stopped working in December. Now the company warns users they need to save their last bits of data before they are removed for eternity.

So essentially, if you still have any data, such as playlists, uploads, purchases, tracks, or anything like that stored in the Google Play Music library, you need to export it as soon as possible; otherwise, it’ll be removed. And it’s all because Google wants to give up on everything related to Play Music and then concentrate entirely on YouTube Music, the service that has now become its big bet in the long term.

The company has started emailing users to tell them the time is running out on exporting their data, explaining that it wants to delete everything by the end of this month.

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 search firm explained in an email received by one user.

Google Play Music users are still recommended to move everything to YouTube Music. However, for some Android Auto users, this isn’t necessarily the best way to go.

That's because YouTube Music doesn’t seem to provide the same music listening experience behind the wheel as Google Play Music, as it lacks the feature lineup and its predecessor's performance. YouTube Music sometimes feels very slow, users are complaining, and it needs way too much time to load large libraries with tons of music, no matter if we’re talking about mobile devices or Android Auto.
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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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