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Spotify replacing Xbox One's Groove Music Pass

Spotify replacing Xbox One's Groove Music Pass

Despite cutting off its streaming component, Microsoft will continue to "invest in and update the Groove Music app on all Windows devices".

Admitting that more customers prefer Spotify, Microsoft has chose to discontinue its Groove Music service by the end of the year and expand its partnership with Spotify. Beginning this week, Groove Music Pass customers can easily move all their curated playlists and collections directly into Spotify. The Spotify app is available on Xbox One and Windows 10.

If you've been using Groove Music to collect and curate your music, you will now be able to move them directly to Spotify with just a few simple clicks. The company will no longer sell Groove Music passes, and Microsoft will officially pull the plug on Groove on December 31. Groove will receive an update on Windows 10 next week which will guide you through the process.

The competition among streaming services, the undeniable go-to source for the majority of listeners' music needs, has exploded in recent years. Basically, download your music (if you have any) is the message to 99 per cent of people, as the whole point is that hardly anyone used Groove Music anyway.

Given how competitors like Spotify and Apple now own the markets for streaming and purchasing music online, this move doesn't come as a total surprise.

Microsoft is not introducing any new music service; instead, the company is transferring existing Groove users to Spotify.

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Are you a Groove Music Pass subscriber?

If the alliance evolves into something promoting Spotify directly to buyers of new Windows computers - Spotify as a preloaded application with a free trial of its premium tier, for example - it could be meaningful for the service's growth.

Groove Music Pass will remain available until December 31 when it completely shuts down.

Once these steps are completed, users will be able to listen to their music library in the Spotify app. There are plenty of other questions the FAQ answers as well, including what will happen to your music, OneDrive streaming, and more.

Purchased music remains playable in the Groove application.

But here's the thing: Even if you intend to keep using Groove, you must download your purchased music: This music will not be available to you to stream starting on January 1, 2018.