The Google Play Music Artist Hub will give way to YouTube Music on the 30th of April, Google unceremoniously announces to creatives…
The Google Play Artist Hub, a platform for independent musicians, will become another casualty to Google’s newest music streaming service, YouTube Music.
Google Play Music Artist Hub Shutdown occurs April 30th
The Google Play Artist Hub, for those who aren’t familiar, served as a space for independent artists to upload their tracks into the Google Play Store and Google Play Music. It’s similar to Spotify for Artists, people can likewise add their track plays and receive royalty payments.
Google states the following:
“With the launch of YouTube Music last year, we eventually plan to replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music. In anticipation of this change, we are shutting down the Artist Hub.”
The official site already displays this message:
“Thank you for your interest in the Google Play artist hub. We are no longer accepting signups for new artist hub content accounts. We encourage you to become a YouTube Artist–please visit YouTube for Artists for great resources to get you started.
If you would like to make your music available for purchase/download, we recommend one of these YouTube Preferred Partners: DistroKid, TuneCore, CD Baby. You can continue to manage your existing account by signing in.”
Additionally, Google urges Artist Hub creatives to sign-up as a YouTube Artist.