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Google will begin the process of shutting down its Play Music streaming service later this month, concluding in December when the tech giant nukes all user-uploaded tracks. This phased approach will leave users unable to purchase or pre-order tracks through the service, and punters will also find themselves unable to upload …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I've just uploaded my music collection to...

    google drive, then installed a sync client to automatically download them onto my phone and use vlc to play them. 99% the functionality of google music without any fuss and it can even do really advanced stuff like playing music with the screen off. If only youtube music's engineers could manage something as complex as that!

    1. Tim 11

      Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

      Hmm, that's OK if you're already paying for google drive or if you only have 15GB of music. For someone like me with 150GB that's £8 a month which is almost the cost of a streaming music subscription. Anyone recommend any free alternatives for uploading your own music to the cloud?

      1. Dinanziame Silver badge

        Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

        As far as I can tell, you can do that with YouTube music, and also migrate there the music you have in Google Play Music.

        1. EvadS

          Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

          Yes you can migrate it, but unless you cough up for a subscription you cannot download it to your phone, nor stream it over your Sonos or other connected speaker, so the free Google Ply Music was far superior (of course)

          1. Zarno Bronze badge
            Coffee/keyboard

            Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

            "Google Ply" makes me think of a phone-book thick sheet of loo roll.

            Thanks for the great typo, and I'll need a new keyboard.

      2. chivo243 Silver badge

        Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

        I thought any NAS can do it?

        1. JDX Gold badge

          Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

          >>I thought any NAS can do it?

          Doesn't that rely on getting a static IP, etc?

          1. chivo243 Silver badge
            Happy

            Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

            I've only had a few external IPs ever. I can also use my hostname. I've never used a service that doesn't give a static addy.

            1. werdsmith Silver badge

              Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

              Even dynamic ips stay for months or years on end in my experience, and changing once in a blue moon is trivial.

              My current phone has 256 GB storage and everything I’m like to want to listen to is on it in lossless. No chance I’m going to hand over money to have music I already own delivered to me over the air.

          2. Evil Scot

            Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

            Depends on the Music server. a One of payment for Plex gives me anywhere streaming, photo backup. Unlimited (>64K) Sonos

          3. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

            Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

            Every consumer brand offers some form of ability to use a service for a simple hostname.

            Just be careful what you open to the internet especially if a consumer NAS (Don't rely on uPNP), if possible use a VPN to your NAS (Again most have easy to install OpenVPN packages which hardens security).

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      3. Lee D Silver badge

        Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

        Buy a big microSD.

        Seriously.

        128Gb Samsung is £17 on Amazon at the moment.

        I mean... being a music lover and all, you DID buy a phone with a microSD slot, right?

        And when your entire collection can sit on a tiny card, I see no point having a cloud service for it at all. But if you wanted one, just about any home NAS with the default software will do what you want.

        1. Qumefox

          Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

          My biggest question is will the app go away? I don't use their streaming services etc, but I do use the play app to play local content off my phone because it's a convenient app that's already on the phone that will do it.

          1. lybad

            Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

            Afaik - the issue with the free YaToob needing the device to be unlocked only applies when you're streaming media. If you have local content it should play it with the screen locked.

            For me, I've always just used local content on my device, and at present I use Omnia as my media player. Works for me...

          2. Dangermouse 1

            Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

            Can recommend Pulsar music player, even the free version does gapless playback, which google play music can't seem to manage.

        2. Scene it all

          Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

          And cars these days come with USB slots where you can plug in a thumb drive with many GB of music, audio books, old radio plays, etc, and play them through the "entertainment system". On my car (a Chevrolet), you can search by all the usual tags: artist, album, folder, genre, etc.

          I wish I had kept all my old Goon Show recordings...

          1. Jamie Jones Silver badge

            Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

            All available here... https://archive.org/search.php?query=goon+show&and[]=subject%3A%22The+Goon+Show%22

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

              BBC Sounds App.

              Goon show, Handcock Half hour and the occasional Steptoe and Son

          2. Martin an gof Silver badge

            Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

            I wish I had kept all my old Goon Show recordings...

            The Goon Show - 86 episodes available at the time of writing.

            get_iplayer - download and transfer to USB to your heart's content. Has the advantage of including meta information that you probably didn't have on your old recordings. Use of the "--pid-recursive" option is highly recommended.

            Assuming you are outside the UK you may be limited in exactly what you can download, but for those of us in the UK, it's fantastic.

            M.

        3. jelabarre59 Silver badge

          Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

          I mean... being a music lover and all, you DID buy a phone with a microSD slot, right?

          Any phone *WITHOUT* a microSD *doesn't* get bought.

        4. wondermouse

          Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

          128gb?

          You're having a larf. My audiobooks drive is 700gb alone. As for my 2TB music drive...

      4. mark l 2 Silver badge

        Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

        A work around to get unlimited song streaming is to use something like FFMPEG to make all your music tracks into videos, and then you can upload them to the Google photos service as long as you use the option of unlimited storage.

        You could make the videos a low resolution and just a black screen with the artist and track title to reduce used data when streaming.

      5. Charlie Clark Silver badge

        Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

        I just sync (via Dropbox) what I need. I have around 30-40 GB of stuff but it doesnt need synching constantly and then I don't need an internet connection to listen. It's mostly paid for which means the musicians get paid more (not that I really care). 150 GB should be easy enough with an SD card, though I'd cut out the middle man and plug the phone into the computer.

      6. JDX Gold badge

        Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

        >>Hmm, that's OK if you're already paying for google drive or if you only have 15GB of music. For someone like me with 150GB that's £8 a month which is almost the cost of a streaming music subscription. Anyone recommend any free alternatives for uploading your own music to the cloud?

        Why do you expect to be given 150Gb for free?

      7. Ben Tasker Silver badge

        Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

        > Anyone recommend any free alternatives for uploading your own music to the cloud?

        I switched from Google Play Music to self-hosting Subsonic ages ago. There's a free-er fork of Subsonic now, but I haven't got around to trying it

        There's also Ampache which does the same thing.

        On the phone end, spend £3 to buy Dsub - it's better than the free subsonic app and will work with Ampache as well (so if you switch backends it's all good). It locally caches music so you don't need to always be able to reach the backend.

        Depending on your needs, running it on the NAS at home should be more than sufficient

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Desktop client

    They need to get moving with a desktop client for Youtube music really. There's a chrome App, but chrome apps are going to stop working soon.

    1. Dinanziame Silver badge

      Re: Desktop client

      Google offering a Desktop client? Unlikely. You're supposed to use the music.youtube.com website, or the phone app.

    2. Donk
      Thumb Up

      Re: Desktop client

      Google Play Music Desktop Player does both GPM and YTM

      https://www.googleplaymusicdesktopplayer.com/

  3. Deft

    Moderately aggravating

    I have a large iTunes library which I've never quite escaped from. Having this run on Android has always been a bit annoying (need Apple Music subscription for the proper app). Google Play Music did an OK job of uploading my iTunes library and letting me use my iTunes playlists, though it was buggy.

    Anyone got any tips? I used a 3rd party sync agent but it was also annoying enough that I gave up with it.

    1. Lee D Silver badge

      Re: Moderately aggravating

      Solve the problem in your first sentence.

      Just export every piece of music, store it on a card, NAS, cloud account, whatever, and deal with the problem once and for all.

    2. Raphael

      Re: Moderately aggravating

      Plex account and a home media server.

      That's the approach I am taking.

      1. Ali Dodd
        Thumb Up

        Re: Moderately aggravating

        I did this as soon as I heard they were culling PlayMusic.

        I can recommend buying the lifetime subscription as £80 is a bargain for all you get. The playback is the best I've had on a mobile app, love the level balancing across your whole collection and the nice fades between tracks. I recommend the PlexApp android app for playback too, very slick only missing homescreen widgets which actually are not too much of a loss now they've improved the notification media controls.

        1. not.known@this.address Silver badge
          Alien

          Re: Moderately aggravating

          "buying the lifetime subscription" is all very good, but who's lifetime are we talking here? A mayfly? A decent show on the FOX network? DisneyCorp's idea of how long Copyright (theirs, not anyone else's) should last?

          Time, as Zaphod Beeblebrox pointed out, is an illusion...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Play Music App

    So what happens to the Play Music App, in that case? I use it on my phone just to play tracks I have downloaded. Does this mean I need to find a new music player app?

    1. Lee D Silver badge

      Re: Play Music App

      VLC works fine on Android.

      Hell, I use it to watch TV (via tvHeadend and a cheap Raspberry Pi with a DVB hat on it - which I saw for sale for just £6 on top of a RPi cost recently).

      1. chadatom

        Re: Play Music App and VLC

        I found VLC was jumping tracks before completing them, when trying to play an album onto a home wireless network of several Chromecast audio and smart speaker devices. Plex was far more reliable and easy to control from an Android phone - just a one-off payment of £3 required to use the App. Indexes a large collection if FLAC files, about 500GB, quickly. Very annoyed with Google that they expect us to pay a full YouTube Music subscription just to play back, in background, tracks we already bought on equipment we also bought from them.

    2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Play Music App

      Loads of good music apps out there – Apollo is possibly the pick of the free ones.

    3. JohnKelly

      Re: Play Music App

      I use google maps on my phone and the music app seems integrated. Can't seem to integrate other music apps. Time to move away from that as well then...

    4. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Play Music App

      "So what happens to the Play Music App, in that case?"

      It's disabled on my phone. I'm hoping that a Google Play update will delete iot and give me the space back

      (Yeah, yeah, I know!!)

  5. Graham Jordan

    Anyone know how to buy through YouTube Music?

    Few things appear to be missing from YouTube music; ordering playlist by playcount, and how to buy the bloody songs. Anyone know how to buy music any more??

    1. Robert Grant Silver badge

      Re: Anyone know how to buy through YouTube Music?

      It's a streaming service. Are you also looking for how to buy the TV on Netflix?

      1. lybad

        Re: Anyone know how to buy through YouTube Music?

        Yes it is primarily a streaming service. However Google Play allows you to buy music, but according to something I saw yesterday, they're about to stop selling music as well. Which means I need to find an alternative site for buying music if I can't or don't want to buy physical media for those items.

      2. Graham Jordan

        Re: Anyone know how to buy through YouTube Music?

        You know it was a personal streaming service and shop before it was a premium streaming service right? Jus' saying. But thank you for your useful input. I'll file it under uneducated drivel.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Anyone know how to buy through YouTube Music?

          7digital appear to actually sell albums instead of just streaming them. I'm going to give them a try.

          1. jelabarre59 Silver badge

            Re: Anyone know how to buy through YouTube Music?

            Harder to get the music I'm looking for, as they relied on the ever-so-sparse subset that Google Play or whyTunes would make available in the US. And buying physical copies means I'd have to set up a remailer from Japan (or get them sent to the Tokyo HQ of the company my brother works for, and have them forwarded in interoffice mail).

            I'm perfectly willing to support the Touhou Doujin music scene, if I could just get the product.

  6. Scott Broukell

    Potify - An app which plays especially soothing/calming music and or sounds to assist toddlers (and thier parents), who are going through toilet training - just a thought. [I feel sure many here will feel the urge to poo poo the idea though.]

  7. Stuart Castle Silver badge

    I'd forgotten Play Music existed.. Perhaps it would have been more successful if Google had been anywhere near as proactive in publicizing it as they have Youtube Music.

  8. ethump

    Very moderately quite aggravating

    The YouTube Music app absolutely sucks.

    After a lengthy career ripping off MP3s, I saw the light and became a legit above board streamer. The Google Play family subscription was the right price and had all the choonz and features I wanted.

    Sadly, I think I will use this opportunity to look at other options (probably become a sheep and join Spotify).

    Anyone got any better ideas?

    1. CountCadaver Bronze badge

      Re: Very moderately quite aggravating

      Tidal for one, they have a really high quality tier and they are adding more and more artists to it, with good speakers and an amp you can hear the difference (especially on stuff like the "imperial march" from star wars...

    2. Teddy the Bear

      Re: Very moderately quite aggravating

      Deezer works well for me. When I researched the streaming services, it came out best in terms of stream quality. It's got all the artists you might want, desktop app, mobile app, family profiles so you can share it and so on. It also works with google assistant so when I'm in the car with Android Auto, I can just say "hey google, play awesome playlist on Deezer" and away we go.

    3. Vin

      Re: Very moderately quite aggravating

      I’ve been using amazon music for years.

      If you already have prime you can get a steep discount if you pay yearly. Works out something like £6.66 per month.

      There’s also a ‘hd’ tier addon that I subscribe to. Most stuff available, at minimum, as standard Flac, with most new releases being 24bit audio. That’s also cheaper if you pay yearly.

      They also do a family plan, though I’ve never used it.

      No, I don’t work for amazon. Just, if you have prime already, it may work out cheaper than the competition.

      They also do trials, in fact the only reason I joined in the first place was an initial 4 months for 99p offer.

      It worked, because once it expired, I stayed on.

  9. iron Silver badge
    FAIL

    So will I be able to remove the unwanted, unneeded and unused Play Music app from my phone?

    Or will it still be classed as a system app that can't be removed but will get no more updates and be a huge vulnerability waiting to happen?

    1. Tim 11

      Ahh yes, the ability to remove useless unwanted apps - there's a poignant reminder of the good old days.

      1. Nick Ryan Silver badge

        It's quite easy to remove unwanted applications from Android phones without having to resort to root access, even the Google ones like Play Music - but especially all the Samsung crud. Tends to improve phone performance and with fewer applications running, a smaller security footprint to worry about too.

        Here's a couple of the many guides on how to do this: https://www.xda-developers.com/uninstall-carrier-oem-bloatware-without-root-access/ or https://www.xda-developers.com/disable-system-app-bloatware-android/ (I'm not affiliated in any way with this site, it's just pretty useful at times)

        1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

          +1

          That's the method I use to remove all the FB crap which otherwise hangs around like a wart

          https://forums.theregister.com/forum/all/2019/01/25/facebook_messenger_whatsapp_instagram_merger/#c_3703912

  10. Spanners Silver badge
    Unhappy

    First I escaped from iTunes

    iTunes had a nice feature that ripped any music CD to MP3. When google said I could synch my "collection", I just synched that folder. It tended to have iTunes cruft in there so when I synched that back to my new PC(s) this increasingly insignificant junk came too.

    For some time Google has been telling me to link it with its latest offering I have been prepared for it to dump music.google.com in the same way as other useful things have been dumped in the past. I have no interest in an additional streaming app. Spotify is fine. I just like the option of saving what I have bought and paid for in such a way that I can play it on my phone, tablet or whatever. Yes, I could easily rig something up round my house but, sometimes, I go out the door!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: First I escaped from iTunes

      Yeah - went into that after several years - I used to own an ipod. My collection is still there so probably need to download the tracks that aren't on Spotify - there are a few on there that haven't been released by the labels for Spotify.

      It's been a long time since I had MP3's on my computer.

      1. jelabarre59 Silver badge

        Re: First I escaped from iTunes

        It's been a long time since I had MP3's on my computer.

        Are you kidding? I still have vinyl. And cassettes. And CDs.

        (OK, wise guy, I hear you asking if I have 8-Tracks too. I have some here, but they were so I could digitize them for someone else; they're not MY tapes. Just have to fix my player).

  11. Tubz

    Can Google ask manufacturers to remove it from their stock images, since a lot of the time, you can't uninstall this crap !

    1. Scene it all

      They could at least release an "update" that replaces the app with something taking up about 100 bytes...

  12. heyrick Silver badge

    Finally, in December, Google will actually pull the plug on the service

    There you go, Samsung. That's why giving up on your (frankly superior) music player and directing everybody to use Google Music instead was a real dick move.

    Not only is your app better (thankfully it is still around so I downloaded and installed it) but you clearly never learned the lesson about Google's propensity for coming up with cool ideas, making half-ass implementations, and then killing them a few years later.

    Just read and learn: https://killedbygoogle.com/

  13. Dr_N Silver badge
    WTF?

    Damn

    Will have to find another free service to use as a back up.

  14. duvzo

    Disabled person

    Hi,

    I found that uploading real CDs (remember them?) of quite obscure sounds (Bhuddist chant, Native American, birdsong etc) onto Google Play Music allows my disabled mother to talk to the mni Google home speaker thingummybob to play, repeat, change volume etc. "Hey Google, play mum's birdsong" "OK, here's your Google Play playlist called Mum's Birdsong". So now I need a voice controlled speaker that will do the same thing on the LAN.

    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: Disabled person

      Are you willing to build the system yourself? There are a few things you can do to get that working. Various projects exist allowing a Raspberry Pi to relay audio to such a service, so you just have to replace the recognition on their servers with recognition running locally (CMU Sphinx has proven to be an effective library for me). Of course, you then have to provide your own list of commands and actions to take when commands are heard, so it's not labor-free.

      There are also some open voice assistants that run using local software. I've seen types that use a Pi as the brain, which are more open and configurable but sometimes less powerful. This one is probably the most famous, but I have never used it and I don't know whether it's capable of everything you want. I've seen others that use an Android device to power them because by doing so they can use Google's dictation function (requires an additional download but then can recognize offline) instead of building that themselves. That would also work, but initial configuration or recovery should the host device shut down isn't as straightforward as with a Pi. If you want to investigate those options, try searching for voice assistants on FDroid or Github. If you set up either option with a speaker of high enough quality, this should work.

      1. duvzo

        Re: Disabled person

        Yes indeed, already have a house full of PIs running Kodi or PiHole. Thanks very much for the tips!

    2. Phil Kingston

      Re: Disabled person

      Upload the tracks in YouTube music, change the default music source to YouTube Music in the Google Home app and her Home Mini will default to that.

      1. duvzo

        Re: Disabled person

        Cool. The Mini did always play some random rubbish off of YouTube when one of the uploaded tracks (which had been played about 3000 times) suddenly stopped working and had to be deleted and re-uploaded. Maybe I'll delete everything, upload them on YouTube music, and see if it "just works" (TM)

        Cheers for the reply!

  15. TVU Silver badge

    "Google to pull plug on Play Music..."

    The Kings of Deprecation are at it again. You know something's wrong when Google is terminating more apps (some of which have been very good) than Apple.

  16. Sampler

    Don't think any user will be surprised

    They've been rather aggressive for months at trying to push you across, I'm sticking out till the end as the play music site is better than your youtube music for how I listen (I listen to randomly generated playlist from a particular track and the "recent" in play music lets me access these relatively easily, youtube music does not, especially as some playlists are missing entirely after I did the "migrate" sync).

    I get culling a little used platform, especially when you have two, but, given literally no one I've told about it knew about it that'd probably account for a lot, google really do seem to be terrible at advertising their good features (ironic for an advertising company) which leads to this sort of thing, there's not really any need for youtube music to have been developed, they could've just pushed people to play music.

    1. hoola Silver badge

      Re: Don't think any user will be surprised

      Exactly, this should be of no surprise and will also not be the last. A subscription is just that, a payment for a service to a third party that can be stopped at any time. This is also the issue with all these services where you never actually own the material, you just rent it and have permission to play or read it.

      The only plus in this case is that there is time to get stuff out.

      At least with a CD or electronic download of a CD from the publisher you actually have a copy you can do what you like with. Storage is cheap enough now that 1000's of CDs or DVDs can fit on a USB portable disk as a backup and be kept in a safe place. Hell, have two copies, it is still cheaper than a subscription or a simple NAS lurking in a garage or something.

    2. jelabarre59 Silver badge

      Re: Don't think any user will be surprised

      They've been rather aggressive for months at trying to push you across,

      YouTube's tactics (along with their hostile adverts that interrupt videos mid-WORD) means I'm always on the lookout for YT alternative apps that kill the adverts before they can even load. Oh, and those fucking end-of-video cards.

      1. SmashOgre

        Re: Don't think any user will be surprised

        Check out pihole

  17. lybad

    The thing about the web YouTube music is how difficult they seem to make it for you to listen to an album you have uploaded. Search defaults to online media rather than your library, and then when you switch to your uploads, it lists all the music in a random order. Trying to actually find the album is a nightmare.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      "Search defaults to online media rather than your library, and then when you switch to your uploads, it lists all the music in a random order. Trying to actually find the album is a nightmare."

      It's funny how open source s/w such as Kodi allow you to select how things are sorted or displayed, have multiple options for showing lists in different ways and many, many complete new skins to changes things so you get pretty much exactly what YOU want in a media player. But most of the paid ones and ALL of the branded ones such as from Google,m Netflix, Amazon etc, with their huge dev and advertising budgets can't seem to offer even the most basic user customisation options. It's their way or the highway.

  18. JohnKelly

    Typical

    I've just got used to the Google Play app on my phone and uploaded all my music so I can listen anywhere via streaming and now they're turning it off. B*gger!

  19. anononononono

    Luddite

    I do not trust these music subscription services because music can suddenly disappear down the memory hole for for licensing reasons, discontinued service or whatever, also, they give appalling returns to artists.

    I still buy my music in complete albums and keep them locally in uncompressed format (backed up of course) and let itunes organise it. (Won't use the itunes cloud service either, tried it once and it rearranged a bunch of albums incorrectly, and don't like it automatically compressing my music for me).

    1. FatGerman

      Re: Luddite

      Agree. It's bloody annoying to have carefully bookmarked a bunch of songs on Spotify only to come back later and find them marked as "unpayable". All just because of bean counters and greed. Anything I find on Spotify that I like I tend to go to Bandcamp or 7Digital and buy it, then I know I'l always have a copy.

    2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Luddite

      "it rearranged a bunch of albums incorrectly"

      Sometimes, Albums, playlist, tv series etc are released in a different order in different parts of the world for various reasons. I find online source designed to list album tracks or TV series by adding metadata etc are invariably based on what was released in the USA and sometimes orders stuff for me in ways I don't it to or adds incorrect metadata to what it deems is the correct track based on the track number.

  20. Champ

    YouTube Music is not available in your area

    Looks like I'm not going to be migrating my music to YouTube, then...

    I found Play Music very convenient; I ripped new CDs I bought [1] my CDs via a desktop to my NAS, and then uploaded them to Play Music, which made them available on my phone and other portable devices. And I could 'pin' favourite albums to the phone, so could play them when I had no connection.

    <sigh> So now more research and tech implementation required

    [1] I'm definitely of the generation that buys, not rents, its music. Spotify? Fuck off

  21. TreehornIsShrinking

    Have tested this migration - some findings

    Default music source in Google Assistant is Spotify, therefore under the current Google ecosystem, the following works :

    "Hey Google - Play x" = plays from Spotfiy

    "Hey Google - Read y" = plays from my Google Books audiobook library

    "Hey Google - Play z from my Google Play Music" = play music (incl my own ripped audiobooks) from my Google Play Music uploads

    I migrated my library to You Tube Music - all has appeard OK in browser and plays OK.

    However.......

    "Hey Google - Play z from my YouTube Music" gets "Sorry, the ability to select a track or album from your library is only available to YouTube Premium subscribers"

    So I have now lost the ability to play selected tracks without signing up.....(before a pile on ensues about researching etc, I only have a small library I was happy to use/sacrifice as a test, so wasn't too worried if this was the outcome for me, but still - ugh)

    1. jelabarre59 Silver badge

      Re: Have tested this migration - some findings

      Doesn't matter, I don't use voice controls at all. So the closest I would be saying is "Hey Google- feck off".

  22. Snapper

    Google dropping a platform, whatever next!

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
      Coat

      "whatever next!"

      Drop another platform?

  23. SmashOgre

    I’m a GPM sub and still hate YTM. Even though I’ve sync’d my profile and uploaded tracks, YTM still acts like it knows nothing about me and my preferences. I am loath to reteach a Google product what I do and don’t want to hear come out of my speaker. Plus, YT cover tracks are not what I’m paying for! If I ask for the Beetles, I expect the first hit to be the Beetles not some tween on a Ukulele.

  24. wondermouse

    The really crap thing about YTM as opposed to GPM is you lose the ability to stream music unless the app is front and centre. You can no longer use it to play tracks in the background unless you PAY!

    This is really shite and cripples the functionality. As for the design... Bright and nasty springs to mind.

  25. kelseyj330

    Does YTM still allows users to upload local music files for offline listening? I used to rip some songs using the Audfree Spotify to mp3 converter and GPM allows me to upload about 5000 songs onto it. Then I stream this music on my Google Home.

  26. JohnWeems
    Facepalm

    Is it still workable to download and transfer Spotify music to YTM? Those Spotify songs are local music files, download by my Audkit Spotify song downloader and saved on my local computer. The GPM supports uploading local tracks but I don't know if the YTM still supports this feature.

  27. henry55

    To listen to Spotify music on my YouTube Music, I use the DRmare Spotify Converter to help me. Then I can get the Spotify songs offline as local files and I can move them to YouTube Music for using directly. Also, I can play Spotify music on other devices.

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