Spotify replacing Xbox One's Groove Music Pass

12 October, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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The company says that it will continue to develop the Groove Music app (formerly known as Xbox Music) for playing local and owned music (including files stored on OneDrive), but the music subscription capabilities will be removed from the app.

Microsoft is retiring its Groove Music service and expanding its partnership with Spotify. Now Groove Music Pass is shutting down, although its Groove Music app lives on as a way for people to play their owned tracks. Instead, an official Spotify app has finally made it to the Windows Store (soon to be branded as the Microsoft Store) this year and also to Xbox One.

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Launch the Groove application on a compatible device and sign in to your account if you are asked to do so. Spotify has the largest subscriber base of any music streaming service, unlikely to receive a noticeable bump of Groove Music subscribers.

Jerry Johnson, GM of Groove Music wrote in the blog post, "Our partners are at the center of delivering great experiences on Windows and enabling them to shine on our platform is a top priority". From 31st December 2017 the Groove Music app will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, and download music.

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Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Spotify are the two heavyweights in music streaming, collectively commanding almost 100 million paid subscribers at this point. So far, there have been no announcements from the Redmondians about the existence of such an application, but with the focus on "creators" with Windows 10 and Surface these days, I still could see Microsoft fielding such an app/service at some point.

That's the nice way of saying Groove Music never took off the way Microsoft wanted so they're pulling the plug.

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Microsoft has announced that it'll be discontinuing Music Pass support in Groove and music purchase in the Windows Store. Some customers may be eligible for a 60-day free trial of Spotify Premium. If you want to save playlists from Groove Explore, you'll need to make copies of them for your account. Users of Groove Music can move the content to Spotify until at least January 31, 2018.


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