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Microsoft Discontinues Groove Music Service, Partners With Spotify


Microsoft announced Monday that it plans to discontinue its Groove Music Pass streaming service and music purchase in the Windows Store. Instead, it will partner with streaming giant Spotify.

In a blog post, the company said that as of December 31, it will cut off the ability to stream, purchase and download music in Groove. The app will continue to support playback and management of music customers already own.

Microsoft rebranded its Xbox Music service to Groove Music two years ago with the release of Windows 10 in 2015. Groove Music Pass allows customers to download or stream millions of songs and upload their own music collections to the OneDrive cloud. It costs $9.99 per month or $99 per year.

Beginning this week, Microsoft is rolling out an update to make it easy for Groove Music Pass subscribers to easily transition their existing music collections and playlists to Spotify.

According to Microsoft, Spotify is the world's largest streaming service, and its presence in everything from smartphones to connected cars make it easier for Groove Music Pass users to access their tunes.

The company noted that with Spotify on Windows, music fans will enjoy an incredible music streaming experience with a catalog of more than 30 million songs, popular playlists like Today's Top Hits, RapCaviar, and Rock.

Jerry Johnson, GM of Groove Music wrote in the blog post, "Our partners are at the center of delivering great experiences on Windows and enabling them to shine on our platform is a top priority. By collaborating closely with industry leaders like Spotify, we can deliver the music customers want and focus on new and innovative ways to experience music."

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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