The Google Play Music app on Android receives a final update that offers a new option to help you hide the app from your phone's list of apps. The update comes just weeks after Google removed the option to allow users to download the Play Music library using Google Takeout.
According to a recent report from 9to5Google, the latest update of Google Play Music (v. 8.29.9112-1.W) has already started to be released to users through the Play Store. Although you will still see the "Google Play Music is no longer available" screen after the update, the app now has a new "Free up space" section at the bottom. This section will help you "delete local Google Play Music data from your device to free up space".
The new Free up space section in Google Play Music includes three options - Hide app, Delete all local data and Open app info. The Hide app option allows you to hide the application from your phone home screen and the application list, the Delete all local data option removes the stored data from your device, and the Open app info option displays the “App info” page ”. The Hide app option is the last nail in the coffin for Google Play Music, as it not only removes the app from your app drawer, but also prevents you from opening it.
The new Google Play Music update addresses a major concern for those with pre-installed devices. On such devices, Google Play Music is installed as a system application and, therefore, can only be disabled from the "App info" page. Thanks to the update, users will now be able to easily remove the app and all local data from their phones.
The update makes no difference to devices that came with the application pre-installed YouTube Music. This is because you can uninstall Google Play Music on such devices, just as you would uninstall any other downloaded application from the Play Store. If you have such a device, you should see an uninstall button in the app's Play Store list.
Source of information: xda-developers.com