"Starting in September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa-and in October for all other global markets-users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app", the company announced today.
"For Google Play listeners that have not yet started the transfer process over to YouTube Music, now's the time, and we've made it seamless to do so", the company added.
Starting this month (August), Google will kill off music purchases through Google Play and also turn off your ability to upload music through the Music Manager.
We are hoping that Google notifies you that your time has come, because once you lose access to Google Play Music, you will have a "minimum of 30 days after losing access to Google Play Music to complete your transfer" to YouTube Music.
There are also some previously-unannounced changes coming to Google's music products. That's particularly true if you've been using Google Play Music's upload feature to store music you've acquired over the years. The $11.99-per-month YouTube Premium provides zero ads, offline and background playback for all videos on YouTube.
Google Play Music will officially die off in October. You can transfer from either within the YouTube Music or GPM apps or from the dedicated website.
Some of the new YouTube Music features include: "assistive playlist creation", which lets you add recommended songs based on existing songs in a playlist; collaborative playlists created with other users; and a redesigned player page for Android mobile with improved playback controls and easier access to related music and other features like song lyrics.