Microsoft to discontinue Groove Music, asks users to go to Spotify

Some customers may be eligible for a 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium

Groove Music has been languishing for quite some time, as evidenced by regular and aggressive promotions meant to grow the service.

Over the last couple of years, several new players have entered the music streaming service arena, each one trying to take on Spotify.

Beginning this week for Windows Insiders and rolling out broadly next week**, Groove Music Pass subscribers will be able to easily transition existing music collections and playlists to Spotify with a few clicks.

You have to launch your Groove app first and log into your account.

Once you are signed in, a popup is displayed in the application that explains what is happening (Groove Music Pass shutting down, migration to Spotify an option).

If you've already paid up for a year, the remaining balance will be refunded.




Users will be able to move their Groove Music Pass content to Spotify until January 31, 2018.

If you have a Groove Music Pass subscription that extends beyond December 21, 2017, Microsoft will give you a prorated refund for the difference. Plus, you may be eligible for a 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium.

Customers that have bought a Music Pass subscription and haven't redeemed it yet can receive a gift card for the Microsoft Store that is worth 120% of its value. There's also an FAQ with more details for users who have an annual subscription. Obviously, Groove Music Pass did not pan out financially as the company expected.

According to the Music Consumer Insight Report, in August 2017 YouTube received 1.3 billion visitors who came specifically for streaming music - although most of these listeners aren't subscribers. The company is also facing stiff competition from deep-pocketed competitors: Apple has Apple Music, Google has Google Play Music and YouTube Red/YouTube Music, and Amazon has Amazon Music. That dream is over", while Tom Warren from The Verge's news site posted a tweet that, "Not sure why anyone ever used Groove Music.

Groove Music users on iOS and Android will similarly be disabled from streaming or downloading music beginning December 31, but they'll still be allowed to access music files from OneDrive.

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