Microsoft to close Groove music and move to Spotify

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The software behemoth has announced that it's axing its Groove Music services (streaming, purchases and re-downloads) after December 31st, 2017. "We will continue to update the app to support playback and management of owned music..." wrote GM of Microsoft Groove Jerry Johnson in a blog post Monday. Instead, Microsoft is partnering with Spotify, and letting users move select Groove Music content to the streaming service.

The Groove Music app will be updated this week for Windows Insiders with the ability to move their music to Spotify, and it will be generally available on October 9. However, Microsoft has teamed up with Spotify to allow current Groove Music Pass subscribers to transfer their collections and curated playlists to Spotify. Playlists and collections from Groove will move to Spotify and paid users will get 60 days free of Spotify Premium.

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The company has struggled to create a music service to match the popularity of rivals such as Spotify, Google Play Music and Apple's iTunes. 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.

Groove Music Pass subscribers will have the option of migrating to Spotify until "at least" January 31st.

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Groove was Microsoft's attempt to compete against popular streaming services from rivals like Apple and Google.

Spotify inched a little closer to owning the whole music streaming market today. This includes downloaded tracks, music videos, and streaming music. Before then, you'll be able to use your Groove Music Pass through the end of your subscription.

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The fact that the FAQ includes the question, "What is Groove Music Pass content?" tells you all you need to know about the popularity of Groove. Consumers will no longer be able to purchase or download music from the Windows Store next year, but will still be able to access local music files or those stored in the cloud.

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