Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Microsoft to discontinue Groove Music subscription service

Microsoft to discontinue Groove Music subscription service

Microsoft will continue to support Groove Music Pass until December 31, 2017, and after that date an update will be pushed for the app stopping users from streaming, purchasing or downloading music from the app and from the Microsoft Store. Anyone with a subscription to Groove will be able to move their curated playlists and collection from Groove to Spotify. First you launch the latest Groove app version from the Windows Store or 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). Are you happy to switch over Spotify? Groove Music itself was rebranded from Xbox Music two years ago. But Spotify is still much better than Groove Music in many different ways, so have a look around the app and you'll find some really nice features. After completing step three, you'll be able to listen to your music library in the Spotify app! Interestingly, it partnered with competitor Spotify to port former Groove users over to the popular platform.

According to the Music Consumer Insight Report, in August 2017 YouTube received 1.3 billion visitors who came specifically for streaming music - although most of these listeners aren't subscribers.

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If you're a current Groove Music Pass subscriber, firstly hello.

According to a post on Microsoft's Windows Blogs, users are now being ushered out the door as the company looks to turn its once evolving music streaming service into a glorified media player. And if you paid for Music Pass beyond December, you'll get a refund for the amount of time you didn't get to play. Tom Warren from tech news site The Verge says why people even used Groove Music is not clear, given that Spotify has always been a superior option. Editorial playlists also won't transfer over, so you'll have to create a new playlist for those. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the Groove Music app will not allow users to buy, stream, or download any music.

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