YouTube Music Readies Free Upload Feature, Google Play Music Migration Service Coming

Friday February 21, 2020 1:26 AM PST by Tim Hardwick

YouTube Music appears to be readying a feature that proved a big draw for Google Play Music fans – the ability to upload your own music collection to the cloud. Google has published a new support document explaining how music uploads will work in YouTube Music.


If you're on a computer you'll be able to add your personal music library either by dragging files to any surface on music.youtube.com, or by clicking on your profile picture and selecting "Upload music." The feature supports FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG and WMA files. The support document notes that music uploads cannot be completed in the YouTube Music mobile app, uploads will not influence the user's music recommendations in YouTube Music, and uploads stay private.

To view or manage uploaded music, you can tap (in the app) or click "Uploads" in the Albums section of the library. The big bonus here is that uploaded songs can be played in the background, ad-free and offline - even if you're not a YouTube Music Premium subscriber. It's basically the same feature Google Play Music offered, so that's good news for anyone who wants to switch to Google's new music streaming service.

Google is asking users looking to transfer their entire Google Play Music library to "stay tuned" for a seamless way to do so. "Nothing is changing with Google Play Music right now," says the document. "When we do replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music, we'll be sure to give you plenty of advance notice."

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6 weeks ago


I’d like to point out that Apple Music has always had this as well. It’s quite convenient.

But Apple Music destroys your tags and album artwork in doing so. That's enough for me to have cancelled their service.

Plus this sounds like I can do this for free with Youtube. Another win.
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6 weeks ago


I’d like to point out that Apple Music has always had this as well. It’s quite convenient.

Except this says that you don't need to be a Premium subscriber to upload and access your music collection. How would you do this with a non-paid Apple Music subscription? (is there even such a thing?)
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5 weeks ago
[USER=22255]@progx[/USER]

You don't need to keep iTunes Match anymore (since July 2016 ('https://www.loopinsight.com/2016/07/18/apple-begins-rolling-out-itunes-match-with-audio-fingerprint-to-apple-music-subscribers/?utm_source=loopinsight.com&utm_campaign=loopinsight.com&utm_medium=referral')) if you subscribe to Apple Music. All features are included, and the matching algorithm now works with the iTunes Store database (not the Apple Music catalogue), so, your music is DRM free if you download it back from the cloud on any device, and you can keep the matched copies if you cancel Apple Music.

Previously, the matching algorithm worked with the Apple Music DB, and was identifying songs by metadata only (now it's using acoustic fingerprint). Thus, people were having DRM, metadata and artwork issues, which is not the case anymore.

Excuse my English.
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6 weeks ago
Apple has had this service for quite some time, even before Apple Music, with iTunes Match. They still haven’t replaced it, but you can still get it for $24.99 per year. I’ve had it since launch!

I have Apple Music as well, but it doesn’t retain all the iTunes Match features. Which is why I keep both.

Must be Google is looking to rebrand its services under the YouTube banner.
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6 weeks ago


But Apple Music destroys your tags and album artwork in doing so. That's enough for me to have cancelled their service.

Plus this sounds like I can do this for free with Youtube. Another win.

all the original and custom album artwork never got changed when I used iTunes Match.
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6 weeks ago

this sounds like I can do this for free with Youtube. Another win.

I already use google photos for the junk pictures I store to keep off local storage or iCloud photos. I’ll use this to store old podcasts and music files I’m too lazy to delete as well.
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