Microsoft Groove Music Service Gets The Axe At Year's End, Transitions Playlists To Spotify
Microsoft has announced that the end is near for its unloved Groove Music app. As of December 31, 2017 the Groove music app will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase or download music. However, Microsoft says that it will continue to invest in and update Groove Music app on all Windows devices to support playback and management of owned music.
If you want new music and streaming you will have to transition to a new service. Thankfully Microsoft has announced that it has teamed up with Spotify to move curated playlists and collections directly into Spotify.
Microsoft wrote, "An update to the Groove Music app including the ability to move music to Spotify, will be available for Windows Insiders beginning this week. The Groove Music app update for Windows 10 and Xbox One devices will roll out broadly the week of October 9, 2017 and will enable Groove Music Pass customers to move existing music collections and playlists to Spotify. Groove Music Pass content will be available to move to Spotify until at least January 31, 2018."
Starting this week for Windows Insiders and next week for everyone, Groove Music Pass subscribers can start moving music collections and playlists to Spotify. This process requires the launching of the latest Groove app and signing into your account. A popup will present instructions on how to move your content.
People who already have a Spotify account will need to enter a username and password. Those without and account will be asked questions to help create an account. Once signed into Spotify, the collection and playlists will be moved automatically. Users can then play their music in Spotify shortly thereafter.
Microsoft adds, "With Spotify on Windows, music fans will enjoy an incredible music streaming experience with a catalog of more than 30 million songs, popular playlists like Today’s Top Hits, RapCaviar, and Rock. This, plus on-demand access across all your devices (PCs, mobile phones, tablets, home entertainment systems, cars, gaming consoles, including the recently launched Spotify on Xbox One, and more)."