Groove Music passes away; to be replaced with Spotify

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Microsoft has put together a rather in-depth FAQ that Groove Music subscribers can check for more information, including how to potentially net a 60-day subscription to Spotify for free.

The move is also an example of Microsoft's recent trend in jettisoning services and products that haven't caught on and instead choosing to partner with others. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the Groove Music app will not allow users to buy, stream, or download any music.

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.

Music Pass support in Groove and music purchase in the Windows Store to be discontinued; the Groove Music app will continue to support playback and music management of owned content.

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Those on Windows 8 and 8.1 won't get the option to move their music over to Spotify.

Microsoft's attempting at providing its name-loyal users a music streaming service will be over as of December 31. Given the competition and the fact that Spotify is now available on the Xbox One, it's no surprise that Microsoft has chose to give up on Groove Music, more specifically the Groove Music Pass. Starting this week, Microsoft will be encouraging those using Groove Music to migrate their playlists and music to Spotify.

Microsoft gives no reason for the discontinuation of Groove Music Pass. For those on the Pass subscription, it means no more streaming at the end of the year. The software giant said, however, that it would continue to sell movies, TV, and ebook content from the store. And because Spotify is available on Windows Phone, too, even the few users still left on Microsoft's failed mobile platform won't miss out. However, Groove Music never really caught up to Spotify or Apple Music, and ultimately competed among a list of second-tier services. So far, there have been no announcements from the Redmondians about the existence of such an application, but with the focus on "creators" with Windows 10 and Surface these days, I still could see Microsoft fielding such an app/service at some point.

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