The company says that it will continue to develop the Groove Music app (formerly known as Xbox Music) for playing local and owned music (including files stored on OneDrive), but the music subscription capabilities will be removed from the app.
Microsoft is rolling out an update beginning this week created to make it easy for Groove Music Pass subscribers to transition their music collections and playlists to Spotify. Plus, you may be eligible for a 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium.
Microsoft confirmed today that it will soon stop selling Groove Music passes which are required to stream music through its service. Groove Music first surfaced just a couple years ago and was born out of Xbox Music. Groove's subscription service will shut down on December 31. This week, Windows Insiders will be able to start moving playlists and music collections from Groove Music to Spotify, and this will roll out on a wider scale next week.
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Also be sure to download any tracks you've purchased to your devices before December 31 to ensure you'll still have access to your music following this transition. And in 2006, before Spotify was even an idea, Microsoft had Zune Music Pass, a subscription service that gave Zune owners unlimited music downloads every month. After that, the app will no longer allow streaming, purchasing and downloading of music.
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Purchased music remains playable in the Groove application. But it also faces competitors, Netflix and Amazon. It doesn't sound like we should expect similar "partnerships" in these areas, though, which makes sense, given that games and video content also play a major role in the Xbox ecosystem. By collaborating closely with industry leaders like Spotify, we can deliver the music customers want and focus on new and innovative ways to experience music.
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