Microsoft Groove Music users will no longer be able to stream, purchase, or download music using the app after Dec. 31, 2017, Microsoft announced Monday. The announcement was made in conjunction with the company expanding its partnership with Spotify.
Groove users will still be able to play music they have already purchased and downloaded or uploaded to OneDrive. “We will continue to update the app to support playback and management of owned music…” wrote GM of Microsoft Groove Jerry Johnson in a blog post Monday.
Here are two important things to know if you use Microsoft Groove:
1.) How to move your Groove playlist to Spotify: Johnson added that Groove Music Pass subscribers will be able to move their curated playlists and collections directly into Spotify. This option will become available for Windows Insiders this week and for everyone else next week. Johnson provided instructions in his blog post, but essentially it involves launching the Groove app and clicking on a prompt to either log on to Spotify or create a new Spotify account. Once that step has been completed, users will see a “Move my music” popup with a blue button to start the process.
Once these steps are completed, users will be able to listen to their music library in the Spotify app.
2.) How to download (or make sure you have downloaded) all the music you purchased through Microsoft Groove: Remember, after Dec. 31, the app will only support the playback of music users have already purchased and downloaded (or uploaded to OneDrive). The process is pretty simple: Users open the Groove app and go to “My Music” and “Songs” to filter by “Purchased.” Once some or all the songs in the list are checked off, they can be downloaded. The default folder will be one on the device’s “C” drive.
CNET provides more in-depth instructions on the download process, along with screen shots.