It looks like Google is shutting down another part of Google Play Music as it transitions to YouTube Music. The Artist Hub will be axed. The Artist Hub allows independent musicians to upload and sell their music on the Google Play store and Google Play Music. Users can also track their plays and receive royalty payments. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but things have changed.
Google says that the closure is due to YouTube Music. Beginning on April 30th, musicians will no longer be able to use the service to upload or edit their tracks. So Google is urging users to become “a YouTube Artist if you aren’t already” and recommending a list of YouTube partners (AWAL, Believe, CD Baby, DistroKid, Stem, and TuneCore) for those who still want to sell their music. If you enjoyed using Artist Hub, this will be sad news for you. Blame YouTube.
There is still another month until users get their final reports and payments from the service on May 31st before the reports are deleted on July 31st. Let’s be honest, YouTube is where it’s at anyway. If you aren’t on Youtube already, you should be. especially now.