Microsoft Groove Is Leaving, so Switch to Spotify

If you’re one of the few people using the Microsoft Groove Music app and Groove Music Pass streaming service, the bad news is that the company is discontinuing the Groove Music Pass subscription and the ability to stream, buy or download music with the Groove Music app at the end of the year. Instead, Microsoft has partnered with Spotify to allow users to move selected Groove Music content to the streaming service.

This is an inconvenience, of course, but at least you don’t have to rebuild your music library from scratch. In a blog post announcing the end of the service, Microsoft announced support for a smooth transition from your Groove Music app to the native Spotify music app and streaming service.

To successfully export your selected Groove music, you need to be using the latest version of the app . The app will guide you through creating a Spotify account and will actually transfer settings such as saved albums, user-created playlists and other saved songs to your new (or existing) Spotify account. If you want to save playlists from Groove Explore, you need to make copies of them for your account.

Switching music services is always difficult, but the good news is that eligible Groove Music users can get 60 days of free Spotify Premium (assuming they haven’t signed up for the service in the past). Music Pass subscribers can also receive a prorated refund (or 120% of said Microsoft Gift Card refund) if their subscription expires by December 31, 2017.

If you own an Xbox One using Groove Music, you should know that the Spotify app for Xbox One, like Groove Music, also lets you play music from the Spotify catalog, search for new tunes, and listen to your own playlists while you play. You can find it on the Entertainment page under All Apps.


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