Microsoft axes Groove Music service

Microsoft axes Groove Music service

Microsoft axes Groove Music service

Microsoft is migrating all Groove Music Pass subscribers to Spotify before killing off the streaming service on December 31. However, this migration does not include any existing Groove Music Pass subscriptions, so Microsoft are throwing in 60 free days of Spotify Premium to eligible users.

Microsoft is to close its last remaining music streaming and download service, Groove Music. As we continue to listen to what our customers want in their music experience we know that access to the best streaming service, the largest catalog of music, and a variety of subscriptions is top of the list.

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Is Microsoft's exit a sign that the streaming music industry is in trouble? To transfer your music collection to Spotify, you'll have to go into settings and click the "Move over your collection to Spotify" button. You can find out more about what'll happen to your music after Groove Music Pass is killed here. You will then see a pop-up window with instructions on how to login or create a Spotify account.

While not all the streaming music services are profitable - Spotify lost over $600 million a year ago - they are adding new users at an impressive pace and signing new deals with record labels that offer more favorable terms. All songs from your Groove Music collection, including playlists and music stored on OneDrive will be added to your Spotify music library (assuming Spotify already has licenses for all of your songs).

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Exploring the music collection is as simple as searching keywords, browsing playlists, or discovering new music through tunes picked just for your taste. That feature is now available on Groove Music for Windows Insiders in Windows 10.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about this services shut down and option for moving playlists and music over to Spotify answers your concerns about refunds, purchased music, etc. but the nuts and bolts of moving that data over to Spotify requires an updated version of the Groove Music App. Groove Music Pass content will be available to move to Spotify until at least January 31, 2018.

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