Microsoft is to close its last remaining music streaming and download service, Groove Music.
Microsoft has announced that it is winding down some of the functionality of its Groove Music service, pushing customers over to Spotify instead. The process is pretty simple: Users open the Groove app and go to "My Music" and "Songs" to filter by "Purchased".
For customers who continue to use Groove Music to manage and play their music collection, Microsoft has promised that it will continue to invest in and update the Groove Music app into the future.More news: Roger Federer surprised by Rafael Nadal's China Open win
The Spotify app was added to Xbox One back in August, after a 16-month stretch where the music service was exclusive to PlayStation.
Admitting that more customers prefer Spotify, Microsoft has made a decision to discontinue its Groove Music service by the end of the year and expand its partnership with Spotify. Once you are signed into your account, you'll see a pop-up window from Spotify with instructions on how to login or create a Spotify account. Other tech behemoths have tied their premium music offerings as included goodies for Prime and YouTube Red subscribers, primarily because they haven't been able to stand out on their own the way that Spotify and Apple Music have so far. Killing off Groove Music seems like the right move, and hopefully it will allow Microsoft to focus on more important and worthwhile ventures.
You can read this detailed Groove Music shutdown FAQ to learn a lot more on the specifics about the service's closure (via WindowsCentral). Next week, Microsoft will begin enabling non-Insiders who are Groove Music subscribers to start moving their music collections and playlists to Spotify, as well. 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.
Microsoft also notes that it will be reimbursing customers that have a Groove Music Pass subscription that extends beyond December 31. Starting this week, Microsoft will be encouraging those using Groove Music to migrate their playlists and music to Spotify.