Microsoft is ending support for Groove Music in favor of Spotify

  • Microsoft is ending support for Groove Music in favor of Spotify

Microsoft is ending support for Groove Music in favor of Spotify

Microsoft has announced it is shuttering the Groove music streaming service and download store formerly known as Xbox Music.

The app will stop offering the "option to stream, purchase, and download music" beginning on December 31, and you'll have the option to move your library over to Spotify until the end of January.

We're expanding our partnership with Spotify to bring the world's largest music streaming service to our Groove Music Pass customers. Existing Groove Music subscriptions won't automatically transition to Spotify subscriptions, but the two companies are trying to sweeten the deal for Groove Music users by giving them 60 days to try Spotify's premium service for free.

The ability to move your music over to Spotify hasn't gone live just yet, but it'll be available to Windows Insiders this week and will go into wider roll out next week.

To make the move to Spotify, Groove customers have to sign into Spotify via the Groove Music app. To find out if you're eligible for the 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium - and to answer any other questions you may have - you can check the Groove Music Pass FAQ.

Microsoft plans to roll out the capability to all Groove Music Pass subscribers the week of October 9. Not that there was anything terribly wrong with it. Groove Music was quite competent, but there was nothing that made it stand out as being in any way better than the competition. Music services has never been an important part of the business, and Microsoft has never disclosed metrics around Groove.

Those of you who do have a Groove Music Pass will have a couple of months to decide what you want to do. To be fair, it was a perfectly competent music streaming service, but there was nothing special about it. Before then, you'll be able to use your Groove Music Pass through the end of your subscription.

Purchased music remains playable in the Groove application.

However, it will still be able to play music that customers have bought, downloaded or uploaded to OneDrive. Editorial playlists also won't transfer over, so you'll have to create a new playlist for those.