Last year, YouTube Music became Google's primary streaming service with the company that telegraphed that Play Music will eventually be replaced. Google this month closes the Google Play Artist Hub, which musicians use to interact directly with the Play Store.
Minor indie artists who were not signed by labels could use the Google Play Artist Hub to control their presence in the Play Store and upload / sell songs. In an email today, Google told these musicians that Artist Hub closes on April 30. YouTube Music is quoted as a cause by Google:
With the launch of YouTube Music last year, we finally plan to replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music. Pending this change, we close the artist's hub.
This portal allowed smaller artists to interact directly with Google to view statistics and be paid for streams / purchases. Musicians can still sell their content in the Play Store and have content available for streaming in Play Music, but now have to sign up with a third-party distributor to handle the whole process.
At the end of this month, all existing songs and albums uploaded through the Google Play Artist Hub will no longer appear on the Google Play Store or the Google Play Music service (including the paid streaming and free radio service). "
Artists who still want to" make [their] music available for purchase / download ", to be re-released, with Google listing" YouTube partners "including AWAL, Believe, CD Baby, DistroKid, Voice and TuneCore.
] On the whole, this movement is part of Google's potential – and increasingly confirmed – replacement of Play Music with YouTube Music, proving that Google no longer wants a direct relationship with artists labeled with Play Music. The company does not jump beyond the overall music field as shown by the juggernaut, which is YouTube, and the engagement in the new YouTube Music.
There are still many unknown issues about the transition:
- Will the game Store continue to sell music or the functionality will be removed from Google e Play and Added to YouTube Music? For Google, it makes sense to sell MP3s in streaming age?
- Google has not yet published a detailed transition plan. Ignore the beloved cloud locker feature, what happens to existing song purchases on Google Play? Probably the depreciation of Play Music means that it must be made available in YouTube Music. Does Google keep the Google Play store front for songs, or will they just notice it with YouTube?
Thank you To and Dylan