Admitting that more customers prefer Spotify, Microsoft has decided to discontinue its Groove Music service by the end of the year and expand its partnership with Spotify.
Microsoft’s Groove Music service will be retired on Dec. 31, 2017, after that the app will no longer support the ability to purchase, stream, or download music. However, users can play music which they have already purchased and downloaded or uploaded to OneDrive.
Users of Groove Music Pass can easily move all their selected playlists and collections directly into Spotify from this week as Microsoft is partnering with Spotify.
General Manager of Groove Music, Jerry Johnson said, “The process of moving your music to your Spotify account will take a few minutes.”
Groove Music app’s new update will be available for Windows 10 users next week and Windows insiders will get early access this week. Microsoft and Spotify are working together on a Windows 10 app and another app for the Xbox One. So, there’s not any surprising thing as Microsoft is picking Spotify as its preferred partner for Groove Music Subscribers.
The app will support iOS and Android devices to use the music from OneDrive, but streaming will discontinue on Dec. 31st. Now, Microsoft will suggest Windows users try Spotify to stream music. That’s a big encouragement to Spotify.
For those users who have a Groove Music Pass subscription that extends beyond Dec. 21, 2017, Microsoft will give a prorated refund for the difference.