Microsoft Pauses Groove Music, Spins New Tune with Spotify
Microsoft today announced changes to its music offering for Windows devices that will see it transition from its own Groove Music service to Spotify. According to Microsoft, the Groove Music media player application will continue to work for playing back owned music on Windows devices, but it will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, or download music after December 31. Microsoft says all Groove Music Pass customers can easily transition their curated playlists and libraries to Spotify. The newest Groove Music app for Windows devices will encourage customers to initiate the transition from Groove to Spotify. Spotify is one of the world's largest music streaming services and has more than 30 million tracks available for on/offline listening. Some Groove Music Pass customers may quality for a free 60-day trial of Spotify Premium, which normally costs $10 per month.
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Microsoft says Android and iOS users of its Groove Music mobile apps will soon need to find another way to listen to their tunes. "We're notifying customers that on December 1, 2018, the Groove Music iOS and Android apps will also be retired and, effective June 1, are no longer available for download," said Microsoft in a statement provided to The Verge.