Microsoft enters streaming partnership with Spotify

Microsoft enters streaming partnership with Spotify

The cull is coming on December 31, and after this date the Groove Music app will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, and download music.

Those already subscribed to Groove Music will receive pro-rated refunds.

If you've purchased an annual subscription to Groove, though, there's some good news: Microsoft will refund your money at 120%.

Today, in a quite serious blog post, Microsoft officials annouced that Groove Music Pass and it's related services will be discountinued starting October 9, 2017.

Spotify's library is huge, so the chances of you not being able to find a song you had on Groove are slim. If you don't have one yet, you will have to sign up (and get a 60-day free trial to Spotify Premium). Users of Groove Music have been asked to migrate all their playlists and collections to Spotify.

Here are a few things for Microsoft Groove Music Pass users to know.

Those who hold a Groove Music Pass subscription that extends beyond December 31 will be given a prorated refund or a Microsoft gift card for the remaining value.

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Groove Music was originally known as Xbox Music before the name change in July 2015. There is also an FAQ section from Microsoft for those who want more details on the Groove Music closure.

Are you a Groove Music Pass subscriber? This includes downloaded tracks, music videos, and streaming music. Next week, Microsoft will launch a Groove Music update that'll kickstart process.

Later this year, Microsoft will close down its Groove Music Pass and the company will stop selling music via the Windows Store.

Migration is not supported on older devices, e.g. If you're on Windows 8.1 or earlier, you'll have to stick with the Win32 app.

Spotify was added to the Xbox One platform in August, paving the way for Microsoft's home-grown service to be closed.

Then again, those hundreds of millions of Windows users didn't help Microsoft's own service gain traction, so it's perhaps best to set expectations low for now.

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