To its merit, Microsoft will at least help Groove Music users transition into a new streaming service. Groove Music has been languishing for quite some time, as evidenced by regular and aggressive promotions meant to grow the service.
Launch the Groove application on a compatible device and sign in to your account if you are asked to do so.
Groove Music will be discontinued on 31 December 2017, and those with active subscriptions will receive a pro-rata discount from then.
For the most part, Spotify offers a superset of Groove's music catalog, so except for a few edge cases, there's no reason to believe that moving to Spotify would be a great loss for Groove Music Pass customers. 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.
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The fact that the FAQ includes the question, "What is Groove Music Pass content?" tells you all you need to know about the popularity of Groove.
Microsoft is dropping out of the music streaming game. The company is also facing stiff competition from deep-pocketed competitors: Apple has Apple Music, Google has Google Play Music and YouTube Red/YouTube Music, and Amazon has Amazon Music. It's important for users to download and backup Groove music purchases before the end of the year.
Playlists that you have created will be migrated.
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Now, select Download from the toolbar at the bottom of the app window.
There will be an opportunity for users to bridge their collection and start up an account with Spotify, but we'll get to that in a second. According to a related FAQ, the company will issue prorated refunds to those who prepaid for their subscriptions starting at the service's December 31 shutdown date or wish to cancel before that date.