Microsoft will continue to update the Groove Music application on all Windows devices, however, allowing those who have music stored in OneDrive to continue to play and manage their music through that app.
For those that still hope to listen to the tunes they've acquired through Groove Music, you'll be able to move your music over to Spotify after an update later this month.
Microsoft also says that it will be handing out full refunds to customers that cancel their Groove Music Pass subscription within 30 days of its start.
Microsoft plans to roll out the capability to all Groove Music Pass subscribers the week of October 9. Groove will receive an update on Windows 10 next week which will guide you through the process. Microsoft has clearly decided it's in the company's best interest to partner with a music streaming service rather than create one of their own. Groove Music Pass will be available till the end of this year, but after that, the service will no longer be available. To sweeten the deal, some users may be entitled to a 60-day free trial of the paid, ad-free Spotify Premium service. And after the December 31, the app will stop offering and advertising all services related to Groove Music Pass. To be fair, it was a perfectly competent music streaming service, but there was nothing special about it.More news: Former UNC quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to start his first National Football League game
It is important to note that while Microsoft is ending all core functionalities for Groove Music, the company will continue to invest in the application for Windows 10. But after December 31, all Groove Music Pass content is unplayable.
This means that Microsoft is without a music service of its own for the first time in over a decade.
If you bought a Groove Music Pass a la carte, but have not redeemed it, you will not be able to redeem it.
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. The firm plans to assist customers in migrating their libraries and playlists over to Spotify.