Google has been making efforts towards combining the YouTube Music and Google Play Music into one ecosystem. Last year, we reported that some phones running Android 10 and Android 9 with full Google services will have YouTube Music pre-installed, instead of Google Play Music. Continuing these efforts, the search giant has now released an official support document telling users how they can upload their songs and albums to the YouTube Music library. The upload support for personal song collection was one of the first features to be introduced by Google Play Music. This shows that the transition from Google Play Music to YouTube Music is not far.
Earlier this month, 9to5Google reported that Google was internally testing this feature through a beta version of the YouTube Music app that had support for uploading a personal music library. Now, the document shows how you can upload your music collection to the app and manage the uploaded song library.
Google says there are two ways in which this can be done, both of which will require you to visit music.youtube.com from your computer as YouTube Music mobile app currently does not support uploading. Once you're on the music.youtube.com homepage, you can either drag and drop your files anywhere on the page or click on your profile image > Upload music, and wait for the progress bar to complete.
Once uploaded, you can move to the YouTube Music app view, manage, and search through your library. For that, click on Library > Albums > Uploads or Library > Songs > Uploads. These options will be available in the YouTube Music app once the new feature is officially implemented. In the same document, Google states that they will be providing a “way to seamlessly transfer your music” from Google Play Music to YouTube Music but as of now, Google Play Music will stay the same.
Some of the other features detailed in the document include the ability to play uploaded music in the background without ads regardless of whether or not you have a YouTube Music Premium membership. This will work offline as well. You can make playlists from both uploaded songs and from YouTube Music. Also, other YouTube Music users will not have access to your uploaded songs.