Microsoft retires Groove Music service, partners with Spotify

Microsoft rebranded Xbox Music to Groove Music two years ago, in a bid to make its music streaming service more relevant to consumers. Despite the name change, Groove always felt like a vestige of the Zune era at Microsoft and something that consumers were unaware of. Microsoft is now giving up on Groove Music today, and partnering with Spotify instead.

Microsoft will stop selling Groove Music passes soon (to stream music), and any customers subscribed to the service will be refunded pro-rata once Groove Music Pass is discontinued on December 31st. After December 31st, Microsoft’s Groove Music app will no longer support streaming music or the ability to purchase and download songs.

Microsoft is partnering with Spotify to make it easy for Groove Music subscribers to move their playlists over to the rival music streaming service. An update to the Groove Music app will be available for Windows 10 users next week, and Windows Insiders will get early access this week. Microsoft and Spotify have been working together on a Windows 10 app and a separate app for the Xbox One, so it’s not a surprise to see Microsoft pick Spotify as its preferred partner for Groove Music subscribers.

While the streaming music element of Groove Music is disappearing fully, Microsoft says it will continue to invest in the music app for Windows 10 to ensure users can still access local MP3 files and those stored in OneDrive. iOS and Android users of the Groove Music app will also be able to continue using music from OneDrive, but streaming will finish on December 31st. Microsoft will now recommend Windows users try Spotify if they want streaming music. That’s a big boost to Spotify, but also an admission that the Zune era is fully over at Microsoft as it seeks to partner instead of creating its own rival services.

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Xbox lol I remember groove music from way back in the day.

Was a pretty dead thing tbh... Spotify will be much better.


lol I remember groove music from way back in the day.


Literally never known anyone to use groove music.


About time. Groove music was shit just like Zune


I really enjoy Spotify, Im glad they finally made the switch.


Spotifiy seems to be the best streaming app I've ever used, much prefer it over Apple Music.


Never really used Groove i used the previous version of it which i believe was Xbox Music on the 360 but i stopped. I prefer Sound Cloud tbh.


Great move, Spotify is the best streaming app by far. Love to see it expanding


Yoke Always saw groove the app on the xbox but never knew it was a music service.

It was nice. FH3 gave you a 2 week beta for it and I enjoyed it.

Yeah they also gave people 3 months free trial which was awesome


Spotify has always been my favorite music app.