Starting December 31, the Groove Music app will lose its features for streaming, purchasing and downloading music. Apple Music is available on Windows through iTunes, but Spotify is more of a neutral platform, not to mention the market leader with 60 million paid subscribers, so it makes sense to send Groove customers there.
Effective immediately, Microsoft will cease the sale of Groove Music passes.
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The competition among streaming services, the undeniable go-to source for the majority of listeners' music needs, has exploded in recent years. The Groove Music was rebranded two years ago in 2015, which formerly called as "Zune Music" that later changed to "Xbox Music". But the efforts did not turn out well and Microsoft is finally giving up on Groove Music and moving its customers to Spotify.
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Microsoft is to close its last remaining music streaming and download service, Groove Music.
The Groove Music Pass offered a service similar to that of Spotify's music-streaming capabilities, but it never took off quite as well as its competitor did.
Also be sure to download any tracks you've purchased to your devices before December 31 to ensure you'll still have access to your music following this transition.
Are you an existing Groove Music service users?
This means that Microsoft is without a music service of its own for the first time in over a decade.
Playlists that you have created will be migrated. Microsoft had hoped to breathe new life into the service that allowed customers to stream music, as well as play downloaded music from Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service.