Microsoft shifts Groove Music customers to Spotify

Terry Joseph
October 4, 2017

On Monday, Microsoft announced it will shutter its own music streaming service, Groove Music Pass, and encourage its subscribers to migrate to the streaming giant Spotify.

Microsoft announced yesterday that the company is killing its music streaming service Groove Music Pass. The Groove application will keep on being ideal with downloaded buys and different other privately put away music, notes Engadget. The app doesn't support FLAC like Groove Music, which is a bit of a disappointment if you like to listen to really high-quality music. This move all follows on from Spotify's debut on the Xbox One, the app is also available on Windows Phone, so it slots right in to Microsoft's Windows ecosystem.

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

You can read this detailed Groove Music shutdown FAQ to learn a lot more on the specifics about the service's closure (via WindowsCentral).

"The process of moving your music to your Spotify account will take a few minutes", Johnson promised.

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

To make the move to Spotify, Groove customers have to sign into Spotify via the Groove Music app. Existing Groove Music subscribers are being encouraged to transfer their playlists and libraries to Spotify. Groove Music Pass content will be available to move to Spotify until at least January 31, 2018.

A chatbot extension on the Bing search engine adds another level of utility for users to get a more seamless and friction-free experience, as well as an opportunity for brands to directly connect with consumers. That will go away once the pass expires or on December 31 at the latest. Obviously, Groove Music Pass did not pan out financially as the company expected.

Music downloaded via Music Pass will no longer be valid after the cutoff date.

Purchased music remains playable in the Groove application. It's important for users to download and backup Groove music purchases before the end of the year.

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