Microsoft Shuts Down Groove Music Pass, Will Move Customers to Spotify

Microsoft Shuts Down Groove Music Pass, Will Move Customers to Spotify

Microsoft Groove Music users will no longer be able to stream, purchase, or download music using the app after December 31, 2017, Microsoft announced Monday. So, there's not any surprising thing as Microsoft is picking Spotify as its preferred partner for Groove Music Subscribers.

However, the Groove Music app will continue to support playback and music management of owned content and Microsoft will be releasing updates to the app every now and then in the future.

Spotify was previously exclusive only to PlayStation as a replacement of the Sony Music Unlimited service on the PS3 and PS4 consoles but launched on the Xbox One on August 8th, 2017.

For more on Groove Music shutting down and the transition to Spotify, you'll find an exhaustive FAQ here, which should help address any queries you might have on the matter. As of December 31, 2017 the Groove music app will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase or download music. Microsoft promises that the Groove app will stick around for Windows 10 to play music purchased from the Windows Store.

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Existing Music Pass subscribers will be able to migrate their playlists and collections to Spotify in app updates that are going to become broadly available on October 9.

Bowden also questions how, without consumer services, the company expects users to "love Windows". Since, the users those who already have subscribed to the Groove Music Pass will be invited with a free trial for 60 days of premium tier of Spotify. Ironically, Groove's only real claim to fame might have been its ties to the Forza Horizon 3 Xbox racing game, where your music was available through a channel on your FH3 car's virtual radio. Groove Music Pass allows customers to download or stream millions of songs and upload their own music collections to the OneDrive cloud.

The shutdown of a minor streaming service wouldn't usually be our lead story, but what's interesting is Microsoft's new plans: a partnership with Spotify.

Spotify is trouncing its music streaming competitors, and Microsoft has bowed to this reality. However, Groove Music never really caught up to Spotify or Apple Music, and ultimately competed among a list of second-tier services.

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