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Microsoft to Shutter Groove Music | Here's What Users Need to Know

Microsoft to Shutter Groove Music | Here's What Users Need to Know

Microsoft will still maintain the Groove Music app, which can play and manage music that has already been purchased and downloaded, but after the discontinuation date users will no longer be able to stream, purchase, or download additional music. Microsoft announced that its own subscription streaming service, Groove, will be mothballed, and that it's arranged a partnership to move you Groove-lovers into a safe zone with all your tunes.

Windows Insiders in the fast ring will be able to transition their Groove Music Pass libraries over to Spotify as early as next week by signing in to their Spotify accounts through the Groove Music app.

Groove Music Pass was accessed via the Groove app in Windows 10.

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Microsoft will continue to run Groove Music Pass until the end of calendar 2017. In May this year, Microsoft announced that its Windows 10 operating system had 500 million active users, up from 400 million in September 2016 with ambitions to reach 1bn in the next couple of years. Are you happy to switch over Spotify? Groove Music will guide users every step of the way. They're also eligible for Spotify's 60-day free trial if they haven't taken one before.

Microsoft's plan to continue to operate the Groove Music app implies to me the company may still have more music-related apps and/or services in the wings. Music services has never been an important part of the business, and Microsoft has never disclosed metrics around Groove. Obviously, Groove Music Pass did not pan out financially as the company expected.

Groove Music users whose subscriptions extend beyond the December 31 will receive a prorated refund if your credit card on file is accessible.

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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.

However, others said Groove Music had always struggled to match services offered by competitors. Editorial playlists also won't transfer over, so you'll have to create a new playlist for those.

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