Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Science | By Tyler Owen

Groove Music says goodbye as Microsoft partners with Spotify

Groove Music says goodbye as Microsoft partners with Spotify

However, the Groove Music app will continue to support playback and music management of owned content and Microsoft will be releasing updates to the app every now and then in the future.

Users of Groove Music Pass can easily move all their selected playlists and collections directly into Spotify from this week as Microsoft is partnering with Spotify. Apple Music is available on Windows through iTunes, but Spotify is more of a neutral platform, not to mention the market leader with 60 million paid subscribers, so it makes sense to send Groove customers there. First you launch the latest Groove app version from the Windows Store or Xbox One. The company also pledged that Groove Music Pass users will be able to move their content until at least January 31, 2018. And Sony replaced its own music service with Spotify in early 2015.

The potential of this partnership isn't about transferring over Groove Music users. Spotify has the largest subscriber base of any music streaming service, unlikely to receive a noticeable bump of Groove Music subscribers.

If you were to ask anyone around you to name streaming music services, you'd likely hear Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, or Google Play Music.

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Microsoft and Spotify aren't the only ones making noise in the music streaming scene. But the efforts did not turn out well and Microsoft is finally giving up on Groove Music and moving its customers to Spotify.

Microsoft is dropping out of the music streaming game. Groove's subscription service will shut down on December 31.

Those of you who do have a Groove Music Pass will have a couple of months to decide what you want to do. Tom Warren from tech news site The report says why individuals even utilized Groove Music isn't clear, given that Spotify has dependably been an unrivaled alternative. Consumers will no longer be able to purchase or download music from the Windows Store next year, but will still be able to access local music files or those stored in the cloud.

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