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The Best Alternative of Google Play Music Download--YouTube Music Download

Google Play Music has been shut down for several years, some of its fans are still looking for way of installing it. This article will talk about the shut down of the Google Play Music and the best alternative of Google Play Music.

Part 1: Google Has 100% Shut Down the Google Play Music

Google launched Google Play Music in 2011. Four years later, YouTube launch YouTube Music. The total number of subscribers of these two applications is around 20 million in 2020. Compared with other music streaming services like Spotify Music with 113 million subscribers and Apple Music with 60 million subscribers, they were less popular.

In 2006, Google acquired YouTube to enter the video sharing market. After realizing two music streaming services didn’t work so well individually, Google decided to shut down Google Play Music.

google music play shut down

Google officially announced that they are going to shut down the Google Play Music in August 2020. The process stareted in October 2021 and the last version was released to announce that the app is going to be hid. Until then, Google has 100% shut down the Google Play Music.

Part 2: Transfer All your Google Play Music Library to YouTube Music

In August 2020, YouTube released a post to announce that YouTube Music would replace Google Play Music in the end of 2020. In order to satisfy Google Play Music users’ need, YouTube has upgraded in several aspects and added features to deliver a better listening experience.

YouTube Music

Compared with transferring to other music streaming services, it took effortless steps to transfer Google Music Play to YouTube Music. Here we will introduce detailed stages.

Steps of Transferring to YouTube Music

  • 1.Download the YouTube Music app.
  • 2.Click the transfer button in YouTube Music.
  • 3.Start exploring and enjoy your music in YouTube Music.

Part 3: How to download Music on YouTube Music FREE ?

When finishing transfer from Google Music Play to YouTube Music, another problem is coming. Nowadays, different songs are provided in various of platforms. It is common that users have several music streaming service. Besides that, some people wish to listen to music offline. So how to download Music on YouTube Music? In this section, we will introduce two options.

Option 1: Download Music From YouTube Music Directly (Paid Version)

Once you get premium in YouTube Music, you can download music and then enjoy the music offline. What’s more, you enjoy music without ad and with your screen off.

Three Pricing Plans You Can Choose

Version Individual Family Student
Price $10.99 per month $16.99 per month $5.49 per month
Others Save 15% compared to monthly plans Up to 5 family members who are aged 13 years or older
  • Eligible students only
  • Verification is required annually

Please note that: The music downloaded from YouTube Music Music will not be usable anymore when you closed your premium account.

listen to music without premium

Option 2:Download Songs from YouTube Music by HitPaw Video Converter (Free)

As we mentioned before, once the premium is due the songs will be locked down. Therefore do we have other means to download music and enjoy music offline forever. The answer is definitely Yes!

HitPaw Video Converter is a platform which supports to download and convert video and audio. With the easiest operation, HitPaw Video Converter can get the audio or video downloads from a wide range of popular sites including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and bilibili.


  • HitPaw Video Converter provides speedy conversions
  • HitPaw Video Converter allows users to download the whole list at a time
  • HitPaw Video Converter ensures the quality of music downloads

Tips: The songs downloaded from HitPaw Video Converter is for personal use ONLY!

Watch the following video to learn more details:

Guide of downloading songs from YouTube Music

In this section, we will introduce detailed steps of downloading music from HitPaw Video Converter.

Step 1:Install HitPaw Video Converter

Install HitPaw Video Converter and switch to the download interface.

HitPaw Video Converter interface

Step 2:Copy the URL from YouTube Music

Open the YouTube Music and copy the URL of the song you want to download.

songs in YouTube Music

Step 3: Paste the URL on the HitPaw Video Converter

Switch back to the Download interface in HitPaw Video Converter and click Paste URL. It will automatically paste the copied link to the interface.

paste URL from YouTube Music

If your URL is come from a playlist, you can choose to download both a playlist or a clip.

choose download by playlist or clip

If you choose Playlist, you can select the songs you want.

songs in list

Step 4: Select Format and Bitrate

After choosing the file type as audio, you can make choices of quality and format. You can set the quality as 6 forms of bitrate ranging from 64kbps(the worst quality) to 320kpbs(the best quality). When you set the form, it can ensure that the songs will be transferred without losing quality. Also you can choose to keep original format or transfer it to MP3 for enjoying offline forever.

choose format and bitrate

Step 5: Begin Converting Music

Click the Download button and the progress of music download will start in a minute. All the songs you have chosen before will be put under the list of Downloading.

songs in downloading list

And you can check the completed file under the list of Downloaded. Here you can see the name of the song as well as the album art. Besides that, if you’d like to edit the audio, you can do it in a click.

songs in downloaded list


Q1. Can we download Google Music Play in 2024?

A1. I am afraid that we can not download Google Music Play any more. Since Google Music Play released the last version of Google Music Play, the software was hidden even though it was installed in your phone.

Q2. How can I get the latest information of transition to YouTube Music ?

A2. You can visit the official Google support pages or checking recent news related to Google's music services to check the latest information.

Wrap up

Today, we talk about the information that Google has shut down Google Play Music. Furthermore, we discuss how to convert from Google Play Music to YouTube Music including the background and steps. Last but not least, we introduce two different ways of YouTube Music download.

When it comes to music download, it is highly recommended that you download music from HitPaw Video Converter. There are three reasons why we recommend that. Firstly, once you download music from HitPaw Video Converter, you can enjoy the music forever. Secondly, it is a software which combines a lot of functions like edit, download and AI of video and audio. Finally, it is 100% safe. What are you waiting for? Come and try!

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