Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Is Exiting The Music Business Altogether

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

Microsoft's Groove Music service will be retired on December 31, 2017, after that the app will no longer support the ability to purchase, stream, or download music.

Beginning Dec. 31, Microsoft will stop offering Groove Music passes, at which point remaining subscribers will be refunded. Microsoft has finally shut down the service and is making it easier for the users to switch to Spotify and move their playlist there.

For Groove users looking to transfer music collections and playlists over to Spotify, simply open an updated version of the Groove app and click the Spotify pop-up window. Users of Groove Music can move the content to Spotify until at least January 31, 2018. The most likely explanation is that the service did not perform as well as Microsoft hoped it would be.

The Spotify app was added to Xbox One back in August, after a 16-month stretch where the music service was exclusive to PlayStation. The Groove application will keep on being flawless with downloaded buys and different other privately put away music, notes Engadget.

Microsoft will keep the Groove app around, but it won't stream music; instead it will be for users' existing libraries of downloaded music (which most listeners aren't into these days).

Over the last couple of years, several new players have entered the music streaming service arena, each one trying to take on Spotify.

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Given Microsoft's partnership with music-streaming giant Spotify, this was probably inevitable-and now it's confirmed. Some customers may be eligible for a 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium.

Music downloaded via Music Pass will no longer be valid after the cutoff date.

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All Groove Music Pass content will be unplayable.

This means that Microsoft is without a music service of its own for the first time in over a decade. Spotify also offers music fans a personalized music experience with playlists like Discover Weekly and Release Radar, so you can always hear your next favorite song. "After December 31, 2017, you'll still be able to listen to your purchased music if it has been downloaded".

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