Google has been in the process of preparing to phase out the Google Play Music service and they have reached the point within the timeline where this will start taking place. Starting next month and working into October, the app/service will begin to shut down for certain countries until it is gone forever. While the music for purchase within the Play Music store will be gone this month, halting all further sales of these tracks/albums.
Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about your music going anywhere (assuming you act before the end of the year). Google has created a tool to help you move all of your music over to YouTube Music with (or to download everything), which includes all of your activity, saved content, purchased content, uploaded content, and more.
Of course, if you don’t jump it before December comes around, you will lose this information and it will be lost to the void within the cloud, never to be seen again (aka, deleted).
YouTube Music is taking over for Google Play Music and will replace it as Google’s music streaming service. You will no longer be able to buy tracks for direct ownership as YouTube Music does not offer this option. This move may force a lot of customers over to Amazon Music, iTunes, eMusic, and other MP3 marketplaces.