Published: Tue, October 03, 2017
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Microsoft will discontinue Groove Music Pass and music purchase

Microsoft will discontinue Groove Music Pass and music purchase

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's new book says the company has its groove back, yet the company has also made a decision to kill off the Zune-zombie nby sending music subscription service "Groove" to its doom. After December 31, 2017, the Groove Music app will lose of its core functionality, including the ability to stream, purchase, and download music. The same update will begin to roll out to public next week.

The good news is Microsoft is expanding its partnership with Spotify to allow Groove Music Pass customers to move their curated playlists and collections directly into Spotify.

Windows Insiders in the fast ring will be able to transition their Groove Music Pass libraries over to Spotify as early as next week by signing in to their Spotify accounts through the Groove Music app.

The company will cease offering streaming subscriptions and music purchases on December 31 this year.

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As is somewhat obvious by the shuttering, Grove Music was the forgotten player in the streaming stakes.

According to a release from Microsoft, an update will be available in Windows 10 next week that will make it pretty easy to move over all of your playlists into a Spotify account.

Microsoft announced today that it's getting out of the online music business. When it's live, you'll only need to launch the latest version of the app and click the "Move my music to Spotify" button you see in the pop-up alert.

Microsoft gives no reason for the discontinuation of Groove Music Pass.

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The company says that it will continue to develop the Groove Music app (formerly known as Xbox Music) for playing local and owned music (including files stored on OneDrive), but the music subscription capabilities will be removed from the app.

You can read this detailed Groove Music shutdown FAQ to learn a lot more on the specifics about the service's closure (via WindowsCentral).

If you cancel an annual subscription before it has been active for 30 days, you'll get a full refund or Microsoft Store credit.

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