Oct 3, 2017

Microsoft axes Groove Music service

Microsoft is to close its last remaining music streaming and download service, Groove Music. People will be prompted to move their music collection to Spotify, while eligible Groove Music Pass subscribers will be offered a 60-day free trial of Spotify's premium tier. The company has struggled to create a music service to match the popularity of rivals such as Spotify, Google Play Music and Apple's iTunes. Groove Music was its latest attempt, which replaced the Xbox Music service when it was launched in July 2015. Announcing the closure of Groove Music, Microsoft said customers wanted "Access to the best streaming service, the largest catalogue of music, and a variety of subscriptions".

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