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Microsoft is killing off Groove Music

Microsoft is killing off Groove Music”

Microsoft confirmed today that it will soon stop selling Groove Music passes which are required to stream music through its service.

The Groove Music app will be updated this week for Windows Insiders with the ability to move their music to Spotify, and it will be generally available on October 9.

Microsoft has announced it is shuttering the Groove music streaming service and download store formerly known as Xbox Music. Groove Music itself won't be shut down, but it can only be used to play local music once the switch has been made. Groove Music Pass content will be available to move to Spotify until at least January 31, 2018. An update to Groove on Windows 10 next week will provide the tools to do so.

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.

Select the "move my music to Spotify" button to start the process.

If you have an existing Spotify account, you'll be prompted to input your username and password. Once you sign in, you'll see an option to move your collection and playlists to Spotify. Those who are already subscribed will be refunded pro-rata once it discontinues Groove Music Pass on December 31st.

To its credit, Microsoft is providing extra support to help Groove users transition their playlists into Spotify.

Microsoft is rolling out an update beginning this week created to make it easy for Groove Music Pass subscribers to transition their music collections and playlists to Spotify. To download your music, open Groove, go to your music collection, and select Purchased; from there, right-click or press and hold your music files and select "download" from the menu.

The decision leaves Microsoft as the only major platform owner to not have its own music service.

What happens to downloaded music after December 31, 2017?

Are you a Groove Music Pass subscriber? To be fair, it was a perfectly competent music streaming service, but there was nothing special about it.

It's not a great loss for Groove Music Pass customers. There were sightings previous year of a "Groove Music Maker" application, which could be similar to Apple's Garage Band.

Migration is not supported on older devices, e.g. Windows 8.1 or Xbox 360. A Windows 10 or Xbox One device is required to migrate to Spotify. As for books, though, I can't imagine Microsoft is making a lot of money here or that offering an e-book store gives it much of an edge.



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