Microsoft Kills its Groove Streaming Music Service and Music Store

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Microsoft has thrown in the towel and given up on making its own Groove streaming music and music store a competitor to Apple Music and Amazon Prime. Microsoft is shutting down Groove Music at the end of the year and has partnered with Spotify for its streaming music service.

Microsoft discontinues Groove Music

Microsoft pulls the plug on Groove Music

Microsoft made the announcement in a blog post saying,

As we continue to listen to what our customers want in their music experience we know that access to the best streaming service, the largest catalog of music, and a variety of subscriptions is top of the list. Which is why we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding our partnership with Spotify to bring the world’s largest music streaming service to our Groove Music Pass customers.

That’s the nice way of saying Groove Music never took off the way Microsoft wanted so they’re pulling the plug. Groove always felt like a service Microsoft crammed into its product lineup just to say it offered music sales and streaming, but never quite gelled.

Groove subscribers can transition their libraries over to Spotify and if they have any other question there’s an FAQ, too. Surprisingly, it doesn’t say, “You should’ve gone with Spotify or Apple Music from the beginning.”

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Paul Goodwin
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Funny. I had forgotten there ever was a Groove Streaming Music Service.

jackadoodle
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I bet Microsloth is happy about this. One more failure to put in the file if they ever get sued for antitrust again. They can pull these out and say, “Look! All these things failed.”

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Good now maybe then I can uninstall it. We build Windows based robot controllers. Part of the set up is to uninstall all the crapware to make the systems look more professional. Stiff like , demo versions of things, Download Microsoft Office, CandyCrush, Solitaire, Minecraft, etc. Groove was one of the bits of crapware that I always wanted to uninstall but couldn’t.