Google had previously announced that they would be shutting down its Play Music streaming service in favor of YouTube Music. This means that by the end of the year, if you want to keep streaming music through Google, you will need a YouTube Music subscription, but what about those who have already been gifted subscriptions?
The somewhat good news is that Google is apparently converting those gifted subscriptions into Google Play credit. This means that if you choose not to subscribe to YouTube Music, you can go ahead and use that Play Store credit towards purchasing other apps, books, or movies. According to the emails that some users have received:
“We see that you were previously gifted access to a Google Play Music subscription. Given our recent announcement that Google Play Music is going away and being replaced by YouTube Music between September and the end of this year, access to Google Play Music will be removed permanently, and we’d like to convert the remaining value on your Google Play Music subscription to Google Play credit from September onward.”
For those unfamiliar, Google had previously allowed users to gift other users Play Music subscriptions. Subscriptions were priced at $9.99 a month and users had the option to gift another user subscriptions in one month, three month, or six month increments. You would assume that this credit would be valued dollar for dollar, meaning that a $9.99 subscription would convert to $9.99 in Play Store credit, but at least one user is receiving more than expected.
According to this Reddit post, this user was given $150 in Play Store credit despite purchasing a discounted subscription worth $48 (normally priced at $60). We’re not sure if this was made in error or if Google is increasing the amount to make up for the service coming to an end.