Microsoft bids adieu to Groove Music Pass, embraces Spotify

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While the Groove Music app isn’t being killed off, not having the ability to stream, purchase, or download music from the Microsoft Store with it puts a big limitation on what the app can do.

There are things Microsoft does really well, and then there are those that have potential but can’t seem to gain enough traction to warrant Microsoft to continue to support them. You can add Groove Music to that list alongside devices like the Zune MP3 Player and Windows Phone devices (granted the latter are still around but are all but forgotten). Groove Music first surfaced just a couple years ago and was born out of Xbox Music. The company still pushed it on the Xbox and integrated it into games like Forza Horizon 3 as an optional radio station.

If you were to ask anyone around you to name streaming music services, you’d likely hear Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, or Google Play Music. Given the competition and the fact that Spotify is now available on the Xbox One, it’s no surprise that Microsoft has decided to give up on Groove Music, more specifically the Groove Music Pass.

We will continue to invest in and update the Groove Music app on all Windows devices to support playback and management of owned music, but after December 31, 2017, the Groove Music app will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, and download music.

So while the Groove Music app isn’t being killed off, not having the ability to stream, purchase, or download music from the Microsoft Store with it puts a big limitation on what the app can do. However, Microsoft has teamed up with Spotify to allow current Groove Music Pass subscribers to transfer their collections and curated playlists to Spotify.

Which is why we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding our partnership with Spotify to bring the world’s largest music streaming service to our Groove Music Pass customers. Beginning this week*, Groove Music Pass customers can easily move all their curated playlists and collections directly into Spotify. Plus, you may be eligible for a 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium.**

The caveat being that the updated app will be rolling out to Windows Insiders this week with a general rollout following the week of October 9th. To find out if you’re eligible for the 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium — and to answer any other questions you may have — you can check the Groove Music Pass FAQ. In addition to losing streaming and the ability to purchase music, if you have received extra OneDrive storage as part of your subscription, your OneDrive storage will be reverted to the standard free tier plan on December 31 or when your Groove Music Pass subscription ends (whichever is first). There are plenty of other questions the FAQ answers as well, including what will happen to your music, OneDrive streaming, and more.

Are you a Groove Music Pass subscriber? What do you think about Microsoft shuttering the service and offering to migrate users to Spotify? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Microsoft
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