Microsoft to discontinue Groove Music, asks users to go to Spotify

Microsoft to discontinue Groove Music, asks users to go to Spotify

Microsoft to discontinue Groove Music, asks users to go to Spotify

It should be noted that Spotify's premium service offers a few more features and ubiquity for the same relative price of Groove. "After December 31, 2017, you'll still be able to listen to your purchased music if it has been downloaded". If you're a Groove Music Pass subscriber, be sure to check it out.

By the middle of this month, Groove Music Pass holders using the Windows 10 or Xbox One app will receive an update and be able to export collections and playlists to Spotify.

Microsoft then entered into a partnership with Spotify for Xbox One in August, almost two years after the service launched for PlayStation 4.

However, as is the way with such shutdowns, Microsoft was keen to pitch it as a terrific opportunity: "Groove Music is excited to announce that we're partnering with Spotify to bring you the world's largest music streaming service". Once you're signed into your account, you'll see a pop-up window from Spotify with instructions on how to login or create a Spotify account.

Microsoft confirmed that the app will be available and users will be able to use it for listening to music from local drive or OneDrive.

Beginning Dec. 31, Microsoft will stop offering Groove Music passes, at which point remaining subscribers will be refunded.


The Groove Music app will still support music playback and management of content owned by the user.

Microsoft gives no reason for the discontinuation of Groove Music Pass.

With Microsoft finally shuttering the Groove Music Pass, most Groove users will want to move on to a new service.

However, others said Groove Music had always struggled to match services offered by competitors. Tom Warren from tech news site The report says why individuals even utilized Groove Music isn't clear, given that Spotify has dependably been an unrivaled alternative.

2 years ago, Microsoft rebranded the Xbox Music to Microsoft Groove Music in a try to make its music service available to all of its customers and independent of Xbox.

Bowden also questions how, without consumer services, the company expects users to "love Windows".

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