Microsoft kills of Groove Music streaming service, aligns with Spotify

Microsoft to bring Spotify to Groove Music Pass customers - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog

Microsoft also recommends that users download and back up their purchased tracks, since the download feature, like the streaming service, will also be discontinued on December 31.

Announcing the closure of Groove Music, Microsoft said customers wanted "access to the best streaming service, the largest catalogue of music, and a variety of subscriptions".

Windows Insiders in the fast ring will be able to transition their Groove Music Pass libraries over to Spotify as early as next week by signing in to their Spotify accounts through the Groove Music app.

You can, of course, continue using the Groove app on Windows 10 and Xbox One. Groove Music Pass users eligible under Spotify's terms will also be able to receive 60 free days of Spotify Premium (see below for eligibility details). Microsoft will stop selling Groove Music passes soon and customers will be refunded after the specified date. Dropping its music streaming service will help it put more focus on its cloud businesses, Windows 10 operating system, and its Surface line. Like in phones, Microsoft is getting good at admitting defeat and now, its getting out of music and will instead partner with Spotify.

Microsoft is retiring its Groove Music service and expanding its partnership with Spotify. But the efforts did not turn out well and Microsoft is finally giving up on Groove Music and moving its customers to Spotify.

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Microsoft and Spotify aren't the only ones making noise in the music streaming scene.

Microsoft, apparently, once had their own music streaming service called Groove Music Pass.

Are you an existing Groove Music service users?

Also be sure to download any tracks you've purchased to your devices before December 31 to ensure you'll still have access to your music following this transition. That dream is over", while Tom Warren from The Verge's news site posted a tweet that, "Not sure why anyone ever used Groove Music. But there's more fine print; while you'll still be able to play your purchased music, you won't be able to download it, so if you plan on uploading it to another service, you need to do that before the end of the year. Editorial playlists also won't transfer over, so you'll have to create a new playlist for those.

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