Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Groove’s Android and iOS apps are shutting down later this year

Groove’s Android and iOS apps are shutting down later this year

Microsoft will kill off the Groove Music iOS and Android apps on December 1. Users' personal files however, will still be available in OneDrive.

It also suggests switching to the Groove Music app for PC, Xbox and Windows Phone, although the latter isn't a viable long-term solution due to the protracted demise of the mobile OS.

Given that there are so many options to listen to music on both iOS and Android, we can't imagine there were that many users anyway, but one thing that was quite nice about the Groove client was that it let you stream music stored in Microsoft OneDrive.

To access the personal music files loaded on Groove Music, you need to access OneDrive on the web or via the OneDrive music app on any supported device.

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Believe it or not, Groove Music was a very good streaming music service.

It was in 2012 when the tech giant introduced the service as Xbox Music.

Prior to its shutting down on December 31, 2017, the digital music streaming service boasted a directory of over 50 million tracks. That will end on the retirement date, with Microsoft saying that not only will the application cease to be available to install but also that existing installations will stop working. However now, users will have to rely on other clients for music playback. That being said, Microsoft confirms that those files will still be available and playable right within OneDrive, and other apps may be able to access them as well.

Instead, it would partner with Spotify to help migrate users playlists over for those who wanted to continue streaming.

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