While in latest months YouTube Music has seen a constant sequence of updates, Google Play Music has stagnated ahead of its possible substitute. Google introduced a direct portal in April to upload songs for smaller artists and is now removing the capacity to give Play Music subscriptions.
For the previous year or so, only minor Play Music updates have been rolled out by Google, with version 8.21 removing the “Send Gift” option for Android this week. Available in environments under General, it allows you to “subscribe to Google Play Music.”
This simple gift involves subscriptions for one-($9.99), three-($29.97), or six-month ($59.94). You enter the email address of the recipient, “From,” and an optional notification after choosing. This opens the payment possibilities of the Play Store to verify, with the other individual getting a code of redemption.
Gifting music subscriptions have been around for several years, but the process of removing them from the Android client is now starting with Google. A Google Play Help page on “Send email gifts to Google Play” notes how:
Despite the message, the Play Music client remains available on older versions, while the web app still has the connection. Visiting play.google.com/music/gift will also allow you to subscribe while the ability is still on the Play gift cards page.
Ultimately, this is a minor deprecation feature with family plans that solve most users ‘ issue. YouTube Music has no comparable capacity, but there are more significant items to add from Play Music, including the cloud library and playlist transfer, that Google’s main streaming service must first add.