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Microsoft to end Groove Music Streaming & move customers to Spotify

Get out of The Groove

by Mark Hodgkinson Oct 4, 2017 at 7:34 AM

  • Microsoft has thrown in the towel on it Groove Music Pass service but will make it very easy for its existing subscribers to transition to Spotify.
    The company made the announcement via the Windows Blog where, in a less than veiled concession of Groove’s inferiority, they stated that after December 31, 2017, the Groove Music app will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, and download music. Microsoft will continue to invest in Groove, however, as means to organise and playback your owned collection but it will officially be out of the streaming market.

    Beginning this week for Windows Insiders, Groove Music Pass customers will be prompted to transition their collections and playlists over to Spotify. If you haven’t already got a Spotify account, it will be possible to create one easily and it could qualify you for a 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium. Microsoft stated that a more general roll-out of the prompt will follow next week (commencing 9 October 2017) to all Windows devices and Xbox One.

    Following that process, it will then be a simple click through process for existing Spotify subscribers to move artists, playlists, albums and songs over in to Spotify.

    Source: Windows Blog

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