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Microsoft to discontinue Groove Music, asks users to go to Spotify

Microsoft to discontinue Groove Music, asks users to go to Spotify

Spotify would have been an easy choice for Microsoft, given the fact that it is the largest streaming music service in terms of paid users.

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.

An update for the Groove Music app is scheduled for the next Patch Tuesday - to be deployed on October 9 - which prompts paying Groove Music Pass customers to move their music collections over to Spotify accounts.

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. Microsoft will also begin recommending Windows users to try Spotify to stream music. The Groove application will keep on being ideal with downloaded buys and different other privately put away music, notes Engadget. It is one of the few cloud services by Microsoft, which is purely focused by the consumers. Microsoft will stop selling Groove Music passes soon and customers will be refunded after the specified date. Johnson provided instructions in his blog post, but essentially it involves launching the Groove app and clicking on a prompt to either log on to Spotify or create a new Spotify account.

All Groove Music Pass content will be unplayable. The software behemoth has announced that it's axing its Groove Music services (streaming, purchases and re-downloads) after December 31st, 2017.

Windows Insiders will be able to test this out with the next update, which is scheduled to roll out next week. There's also an FAQ with more details for users who have an annual subscription. There were sightings previous year of a "Groove Music Maker" application, which could be similar to Apple's Garage Band.

The shutdown of a minor streaming service wouldn't usually be our lead story, but what's interesting is Microsoft's new plans: a partnership with Spotify.

Spotify was only recently released on Xbox One and Windows 10 after being exclusive to PlayStation platforms for over two years.

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