Google Play Music subscription gifting removed from Android

Google Play Music subscription gifting removed from Android
It looks like Google no longer allows users to gift Play Music subscriptions via Android. The move is far from being surprising as the app rarely received updates and those that were pushed out added minor improvements and very few new features.

Spotted by 9to5google, the message someone gets when trying to gift a Play Music subscription reads: “Important – Google Play Music subscriptions can no longer be purchased as gifts.” However, if you really want to gift someone a Play music subscription, there's a workaround, but it involves using an older version of the Android app or simply gifting it through the web app.

It's unclear whether or not Google plans to bring back the feature in some other form, so, for now, you can only use the web app or the workaround mentioned above to gift someone a Play Music subscription from an Android device.

Reports about Google phasing out Play Music and replacing it with YouTube Remix have been running around since April, so this might be one of the first steps towards its demise.

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4 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7567; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well considering YouTube Music can already play everything from Google Play Music, then it only makes sense that they will be dropping it. Especially when YouTube Music can play even more, and has better video integration and controls.

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Their Google Movies app will likely be phased out as well.

3. KParks23

Posts: 734; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I still prefer Google music over the alternatives.

4. mixedfish

Posts: 1566; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Another Google product being shut down. How can such a large company screw up every product that isn't ad driven.

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