Microsoft brings Spotify to Groove Music Pass customers

Microsoft said Monday it plans to discontinue its Groove Music Pass streaming service and it will instead partner with streaming giant Spotify

Microsoft also recommends that users download and back up their purchased tracks, since the download feature, like the streaming service, will also be discontinued on December 31.

With the closure of the streaming offering, Groove Music Pass customers will be able to move their curated playlists and music collections directly to Spotify, starting with Windows Insiders this week.

Spotify would have been an easy choice for Microsoft, given the fact that it is the largest streaming music service in terms of paid users.

An update for the Groove Music app is scheduled for the next Patch Tuesday - to be deployed on October 9 - which prompts paying Groove Music Pass customers to move their music collections over to Spotify accounts. Qualifying music will then be moved over to the user's Spotify account, at which point it is advised that you hold a moment of silence for Groove Music Pass. Microsoft will stop selling Groove Music passes soon and customers will be refunded after the specified date. Instead, it's partnering with Spotify, further reducing the number of first-party consumer-specific cloud services Redmond offers. Not that there was anything terribly wrong with it. Groove Music was quite competent, but there was nothing that made it stand out as being in any way better than the competition.

Some users might even be eligible for two months of Spotify Premium for free. Microsoft will also begin recommending Windows users to try Spotify to stream music. 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. After the rebranding, the company tried to compete with Spotify, Apple Music, and other music streaming services but failed.

As part of the Groove Music Pass program, subscribers also received a complimentary allotment of OneDrive storage.

Are you an existing Groove Music service users?

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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