Microsoft to discontinue Groove Music app, transitions Music Pass customers to Spotify

Microsoft has just announced that it will drop support for its Groove Music app after December 31, 2017. The company's music streaming service will no longer offer customers the option to stream, purchase, and download music starting next year.

The reason is simply to deduct, and even Microsoft admits in the announcement that its service hasn't been able to meet customers' demands. The competition was tougher and Groove Music was becoming slowly completely redundant on a market that's already becoming pretty crowded.

The good news is Microsoft is expanding its partnership with Spotify to allow Groove Music Pass customers to move their curated playlists and collections directly into Spotify. Additionally, they may be eligible for a 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium.

It appears that Microsoft will continue to update the Groove Music application on all Windows devices to support playback and management of owned music, but only until December 31, 2017.

It's also worth pointing out that Groove Music Pass content will be available to move to Spotify until at least January 31, 2018, so, theoretically, there's plenty of time to put all your music affairs in order before the deadline.

source: Microsoft



13. scarecrowsyn

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

"The reason is simply to deduct..." Perhaps "simple to deduce"?

10. Eclectech

Posts: 364; Member since: May 01, 2013

So it looks like the infamous Windows Media Player, that hasn't been updated in over a decade, will continue to live on.

9. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I always said Spotify should be bought by MS or Amazon to consolidate against iTunes. I see in the not so distant future, Amazon & MS in a merger. It would consolidate the two largest cloud providers, and everything MS needs to be Amazon already is. Amazon would also get the tech of MS and patents.. In a Apple/Google duopoly, MS with Surface/Xbox and Amazon with Dot and Amazon Prime. It just makes sense. Then they launch the Surface phone as a Amazon geared phone. Integrate Amazon into the Xbox along with Cortona, and we already see Amazon/Cortona working together.. So.... just saying.. If I could I would buy Amazon and MS Stock. Amazon understands sales and customers something MS repeatly screws up.

8. raiter

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

It starts to seem typical for MicroSoft, to build something, and then to drop it (and drop the customers). Ther wher Zune, then Xbox-music service, Then Groove - all three dropped by MS. The same way is story of WindowsPhone... If to continue, MS could drop the OneDrive, Outlook, Xbox, Skype and Minecraft, too...

7. chancooluk

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 13, 2015

The article isn't 100% accurate. The windows/xbox app isn't going anywhere, it will remain as the default music app on Windows and Xbox for local music and OneDrive streaming. It's just Groove Music Pass which is being dumped.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Now why would anyone want to post an accurate article? It's the internet for God's sake. I'm losing zero functionality because what remains is all I use anyway.

6. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Why MS is giving up everything now?

11. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

now? they've been abandoning their products for years...

4. torr310

Posts: 1735; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I wish that I can uninstall Groove from my Windows 10.

5. Cicero

Posts: 1164; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

You can. Use blamed Ccleaner and you can uninstall all Windows components that you don't need. I did that on slow machines and replaced with small footprint software.

2. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1616; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Doubt windows will go away any time soon, but Micrsofts hopes of being competitive in the mobile market and having a good app store continue to die off.

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

After the Note 8, I'm not even looking forward to a Surface Phone. All I want now is Windows 10 on ARM being an upgrade to the DeX software and finally materializing this Samsung Patent: That will be far beyond even a Surface Phone, 'cause it'll be the best and most versatile of a Smartphone with Android, and the best and most versatile of a Desktop with the full Windows. My 256GB Exynos Note 8 already packs all the hardware necessary to run Windows 10 on ARM, all that remains is a software update to make it beyond even this my once-upon-a-time Smartphone wish: Unless it outperforms my Surface Pro 2 without compromise, a Surface Phone will be too little too late for me at this point. But it'll still be an awesome deal for enterprises, until Samsung materializes that patent.

1. hopper

Posts: 80; Member since: May 08, 2017

One more nail to the coffen

14. scarecrowsyn

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 26, 2012


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