Microsoft changed the default music app in Windows 10 from Windows Media Player to Groove Music. Now, Groove Music is retiring, but it’s not completely the end of the road for this app. If you’re a Groove Music Pass subscriber, you’ll already notice some major changes.
Groove Music Is Retiring
Microsoft announced the end of Groove Music in October 2017. However, the app itself isn’t being retired. It’s only the Groove Music Pass streaming service that came to an end.
The streaming subscription service as supposed to be Microsoft’s entry into the competitive streaming music industry. With so many other popular services already on the market, it wasn’t nearly as popular as Microsoft had hoped.
As of January 1, 2018, Groove Music Pass was discontinued completely. In place of the service, Microsoft has partnered with Spotify.
Even though Groove Music is retiring the streaming service, the Groove Music app is still alive and well. You’ll still be able to use it to play all your downloaded music, CDs, and other audio files on your computer.
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Switching to Spotify
If you enjoyed the Groove Music Pass service, you might be frustrated to have to start creating your playlists all over again. Microsoft has you covered. Thanks to their partnership with Spotify, your existing playlists and collections should transition easily to Spotify.
You will need to create a free or premium Spotify account to make the switch. You can create one now or do it as you transition your Groove Music account to Spotify.
To switch things over:
- Open the Groove Music app.
- Log in to your account.
- At the Important News prompt, click Move my music to Spotify.
- Either log in to your Spotify account or follow the prompts to create a new one.
- Click Move music after logging in to Spotify. The process may take several minutes.
- Play your music as normal within Spotify after the move is complete.
Other Streaming Options
You’re not limited to just using Spotify if you want to stream music in Windows 10. The Windows Store has other streaming music apps available for download, such as Pandora.
You can also use many streaming apps within your browser. For more options, see our guides Free vs. Paid Music Streaming Services and Best Music Apps That Offer Online Playing (ideal if you’d rather use your phone without using all your data).
Existing Groove Music Pass
If you haven’t used the service lately, the news that Groove Music is retiring might be shocking. What’s more, you’re probably wondering what’s going to happen to the money you’ve already paid.
Microsoft is issuing refunds to every subscriber who has already pre-paid for service past January 1, 2018. If you have a credit card or other payment method on file, Microsoft plans to have refunds completed by February.
If you used a gift card or no longer have a card on file, Microsoft will still give you a refund. However, it comes in the form of a Microsoft gift card that you can only use in the Microsoft Store. The best part is you’ll receive a gift card for 120% of your refund amount, so you get a little extra for the inconvenience.
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