Microsoft Admits Defeat in Streaming Wars by Shuttering Groove Music Pass

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Microsoft Groove Music users will no longer be able to stream, purchase, or download music using the app after December 31, 2017, Microsoft announced Monday.

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.

However, as is the way with such shutdowns, Microsoft was keen to pitch it as a terrific opportunity: "Groove Music is excited to announce that we're partnering with Spotify to bring you the world's largest music streaming service". The company plans to release that update to Windows Insiders this week, and make the update available to stable builds of Windows 10 and Xbox One in the week of October 9, 2017. If you're a Groove Music Pass subscriber eligible under Spotify's terms and move your music to Spotify before January 31, 2018, you'll receive 60 days of Spotify Premium for free.

There are still many other streaming music applications in the Windows Store. The music streaming service doesn't have any built-in function for this objective, and it also doesn't let you connect third-party cloud storage services for this.

As for Groove Music itself, Microsoft says the actual app won't go away anytime soon.

Microsoft is retiring its Groove Music service and expanding its partnership with Spotify. Offering an automatic transfer to Spotify is a nice surprise though, at least those who did invest in Groove Music won't lose their entire collection this way.

In a bit of compassion, the Windows team details the steps necessary for Groove users to transition their libraries over to Spotify, at which point, some may be entitled to a 60-day free trial of Spotify's premium service.

Music downloaded via Music Pass will no longer be valid after the cutoff date. But after December 31, all Groove Music Pass content is unplayable.

Purchased music remains playable in the Groove application.

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