Microsoft Is Ending Groove Music, Here's What You Need To Know

Microsoft Is Ending Groove Music, Here's What You Need To Know

Microsoft Is Ending Groove Music, Here's What You Need To Know

The company has announced that it will be winding down operations for Groove Music, with customers being unable to stream, purchase, or download music by 31 December 2017. Unfortunately, Groove Music didn't quite manage to gain much traction against the might of ubiquitous rival Spotify.

Spotify was only recently released on Xbox One and Windows 10 after being exclusive to PlayStation platforms for over two years. So it is no surprise that Microsoft is partnering up with Spotify.

Admitting that more customers prefer Spotify, Microsoft has chose to discontinue its Groove Music service by the end of the year and expand its partnership with Spotify. From there, log into your Spotify account and select "Move music" to migrate your library over.

Update: For those concerned about pre-paid annual subscriptions, what's going to happen to the app after January or happens to already have redeemed a different 60-day premium offer, here is Microsoft's accompanying FAQ full of details. After December 31, 2017, the Groove Music app will lose of its core functionality, including the ability to stream, purchase, and download music. In addition, users can still use the app as a standalone media player for music files stored locally or in OneDrive.

Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue Groove Music and is helping users transition to Spotify.

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To make the move to Spotify, Groove customers have to sign into Spotify via the Groove Music app. Microsoft offered a four-month trial of Groove in February, extended the same promotion in April, and then upped the stakes in July by offering six months for free when buying one month of service.

"The process of moving your music to your Spotify account will take a few minutes", Johnson promised.

Groove Music Pass was the successor to Xbox Music Pass, a streaming service launched in 2012.

Bowden also questions how, without consumer services, the company expects users to "love Windows". There were sightings a year ago of a "Groove Music Maker" application, which could be similar to Apple's Garage Band.

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