Microsoft has announced that it is winding down some of the functionality of its Groove Music service, pushing customers over to Spotify instead.
You possibly haven’t thought about Groove Music since you laughed at the name when it was rebranded from Xbox Music two years ago. Although it will continue to live on as the Groove Music app – which Microsoft says it will “continue to invest in and update” – the company is discontinuing the Groove Music Pass streaming service and also music download sales through the Windows Store.
“With the continued advancement of music streaming today, all the world’s music has become easily accessible across a variety of devices, unlocking new ways to discover and experience music”, says Microsoft in a statement. “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 catalogue of music, and a variety of subscriptions is top of the list. Which is why we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding our partnership with Spotify to bring the world’s largest music streaming service to our Groove Music Pass customers”.
Groove Music Pass customers will be able to move their playlists over to Spotify, and will also receive a 60 trial of Spotify Premium. The Groove Music app will lose the ability to stream, purchase and download music after 31 Dec, leaving it as an app to simply play and manage music already owned by the user.[from http://ift.tt/2lvivLP]