In a surprise move, Microsoft has announced that the Microsoft Groove music service will be ended on December 31st of this year with Spotify becoming the music streaming service of choice.
As of October 2, 2017, we’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Spotify to bring the world’s largest music streaming service to you. We know that access to the best streaming experience, the largest catalog of music, and a variety of subscriptions are on the top of your list. Now you can move your curated playlists and collection from Groove directly into Spotify.
It is a surprising move by Microsoft but equally, given how competitive the streaming music market is these days, it isn’t completely shocking.
If you are a subscriber month-to-month on Grove, your subscriber, your account will be stopped and you will need to sign up for Spotify. If you are a pre-paid subscriber, you will get a prorated refund.
The FAQs that were sent out indicated that by mid-October, an updated Groove app will be released which will allow you to move your music from the service to Spotify. I highly recommend giving it a read as it has a lot of details for subscribers. Oh, and yes, you will still be able to play your music that you have stored in OneDrive.
As for me, I’m a Google Play Music guy so personally it doesn’t impact me even as I’ve moved to Windows 10. I use the gPlayer for Google Play Music on my Windows 10 PC and the same service on my Android Phone & Apple iPad.