Two years ago, Microsoft rebranded Xbox Music to Groove Music, promising that its music streaming service will be more relevant to customers. However, the company didn’t have much luck competing in the digital music realm. And now, Microsoft just announced that it is giving up on Groove, and partnering with Spotify instead.
In a blog post, Microsoft wrote that from December 31, 2017, you will no longer be able to download, purchase, or stream music from the Groove Music app. On Windows 10 devices, the app will still work. However, playing and managing local and purchased music will be limited.
Those who are using Groove, the music app will offer an update that allows you to migrate your playlists and collections. A preview version will start this week and more broadly on October 9th. You will be able to migrate to Spotify until January 31st, 2018. Besides, if you’ve already paid for Music Pass beyond December, the company will give you the refund for the amount of time you didn’t get to play.
As a sugar coating on such bitter news, Groove Music Pass users migrating to the new Spotify services will be able to enjoy 60 days of free Spotify Premium. However, to get this free service, you will have to ensure that you don’t have any existing Premium account and not using an existing promotion for this service.