Microsoft Discontinues Groove Music; Goes Into Partnership With Spotify

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Microsoft is shutting down Groove Music at the end of the year and has partnered with Spotify for its streaming music service.

Perhaps to ease the transition, Microsoft is offering some Groove Music Pass subscribers a 60-day free trial of the Spotify Premium paid music streaming service.

If you're an Xbox One owner using Groove Music, you should know that Spotify's Xbox One app, like Groove Music, also lets you play music from Spotify's catalog, search for new tunes, and listen to your own playlists while you game. From next week, an update to the Groove Music app for Windows 10 and Xbox One will enable customers there to move their music.

Those who hold a Groove Music Pass subscription that extends beyond December 31 will be given a prorated refund or a Microsoft gift card for the remaining value.

Customers that have bought a Music Pass subscription and haven't redeemed it yet can receive a gift card for the Microsoft Store that is worth 120% of its value. It's unlikely to be missed by many Windows 10 users. Surprisingly, it doesn't say, "You should've gone with Spotify or Apple Music from the beginning".

The Windows Store offers a variety of music services in addition to Spotify, allowing customers to stream or download their favorite tunes wherever they are.

Microsoft is killing the most loved music streaming service, Groove Music in favor of Spotify. Microsoft is also planning a migration tool that will convert music held locally into a collection on Spotify. Existing Groove Music subscribers are being encouraged to transfer their playlists and libraries to Spotify.

Although Microsoft is removing the streaming and purchasing of music from Groove, the app is not going to be a dead project. There were sightings a year ago of a "Groove Music Maker" application, which could be similar to Apple's Garage Band.

From there, select the playlist you just created.

Microsoft confirmed that the app will be available and users will be able to use it for listening to music from local drive or OneDrive.

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