Pour one out for Google Play Music, Google and Android’s official music platform from 2011 to 2020. As of Thursday of this week, Google has shut down all of its capabilities on each platform, and its website now redirects users to YouTube Music. Lengthy-time customers of the service are lamenting its loss within the face of much less performance on YTM.
Google Play Music initially started as a substitute for iTunes, a centralized place for Android customers to purchase particular person songs and albums in MP3 format. Nevertheless it made headlines by letting customers add hundreds of songs from their private collections onto Google’s servers, then stream and obtain them totally free. In later years Google added Pandora-style streaming music stations and podcast performance, with premium tiers providing ad-free listening to a big music assortment.
GPM customers got loads of advance warning that the service was shutting down, as Google provided to transfer their existing music collections to the new YouTube Music. However a lot of them have been lower than proud of the association, as YouTube Music’s interface is much extra centered on movies and music discovery than merely enjoying again the music that you simply already personal.
I wouldn’t say that Google Play Music was each the very best in its subject, however it was definitely among the many finest choices in the marketplace by way of worth because of that server add possibility. And for an app that was pre-installed on a lot of the Android telephones on the planet, it was excellent certainly. Relaxation in peace, GPM. We’ll miss you.