Microsoft is shutting down Groove Music in favor of Spotify

Microsoft is shutting down Groove Music in favor of Spotify

To do it, launch the Groove Music app on Windows 10 or Xbox One and you'll see a pop-up window from Spotify asking you to log in to an existing account or create a new one.

Microsoft says that it will continue to invest in the Groove Music app though, but it will only be for playing back owned music (including music uploaded to OneDrive), which you also won't be able to purchase anymore.

Windows Insiders will be able to test this out with the next update, which is scheduled to roll out next week.

Groove Music Pass was never a tremendous hit - while Microsoft has never released specific user numbers or revenue for the service, it's generally understood that Groove Music lags well behind the market-leading Spotify's 60 million subscribers, or Apple Music's 30 million.

The company will stop serving subscription customers and selling music downloads at the end of December, but maintain the app as a way to play local music libraries.

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If you have a Groove Music Pass subscription that extends beyond December 21, 2017, Microsoft will give you a prorated refund for the difference. Groove Music Pass will be no more.

Groove Music Pass content will be available to be moved to Spotify until "at least" January 31, 2018, Microsoft officials said in a blog post on October 2 announcing the plan.

Those of you who do have a Groove Music Pass will have a couple of months to decide what you want to do. You'll still be able to use the app for playback and management of your owned library, but given the proliferation of music streaming services these days, we're guessing a lot of those libraries will be tiny.

If you have an active annual subscription, the same refund policy as the monthly subscription's applies here. If you're on Windows 8.1 or earlier, you'll have to stick with the Win32 app. Microsoft seems all-in on Xbox Live and is looking to it as a way to help monetize Windows. The plan seems to be to make Microsoft Health as a service for obtaining health and fitness insights regardless of what type of devices and platforms to which it's connected.

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