Microsoft shuts down Groove Music and cuts deal with Spotify instead

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Microsoft is shutting down Groove Music Services, partners with Spotify to move exisiting users

Starting December 31, the Groove Music app will lose its features for streaming, purchasing and downloading music. "Once the app is updated, Groove Music Pass subscribers will be able to move existing music collections and playlists to Spotify with just a few clicks". Thankfully Microsoft has announced that it has teamed up with Spotify to move curated playlists and collections directly into Spotify.

Members of the Windows Insider program get first crack at migrating their music collections and playlists to Spotify by downloading the latest version of the Groove app for Windows or Xbox One (the Spotify app arrived on the game console on August 8). This will only be available for Groove Music users who'll move their music before January 31, 2018, and the user must not be now subscribed to premium or have been subscribed previously. There's also an FAQ with more details for users who have an annual subscription.

Microsoft then entered into a partnership with Spotify for Xbox One in August, almost two years after the service launched for PlayStation 4. More information about the Groove Music service discontinuation/migration is available in these FAQs.

Groove Music pass Subscription costs $9.99 but it never offered anything special to attract users already using Spotify or Apple Music.

Its lack of success attracted less headlines than its predecessor Zune Music, as much because by this time Microsoft was viewed as a minor player in the music-streaming world. The app doesn't support FLAC like Groove Music, which is a bit of a disappointment if you like to listen to really high-quality music. This includes downloaded tracks, music videos, and streaming music. They're also eligible for Spotify's 60-day free trial if they haven't taken one before.

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.

Those of you who do have a Groove Music Pass will have a couple of months to decide what you want to do. It is important that users download and back up all their purchased music, as they won't be able to download it after December 31, 2017 anymore.

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