We just got an update from Microsoft where the company announced the official retirement of Groove Music is going to be December 2018. At this point in time, you can no longer download the Groove Music app for iOS or Android. We have known that this day was coming, since last year Microsoft first announced that Groove Music would be retiring.
Groove Music is one of the lesser-known and used music streaming services out there. Most people are using other music streaming services like Spotify, which is why Microsoft felt it was best just to retire Groove Music forever. Read on to learn more about the official retirement of Groove Music for both iOS and Android.
Microsoft Retires Groove Music on Both iOS & Android
While we knew it was coming, it is still sad that Microsoft has officially retired Groove Music on both iOS and Android. We knew last year that the Groove Music app would be retired this year, and now it has finally happened. As of now, you can no longer go into Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store and download the app. While the app is unable to be downloaded at this point in time, the app is still functional for a while longer. It will be December 1, 2018, when Groove Music is officially retired, and this means you will no longer be able to use the app itself.
Groove Music will no longer be able to access audio files, including the MP3s. It also will no longer be able access OneDrive cloud services. If you go through Microsoft OneDrive itself, you will still be able to play and access those music files. Other apps that you might use to play music will also be able to play those tunes that you previously used this app to play. Groove Music allowed you to have music controls and various album art. This means the overall experience will definitely be different using other music apps.
Microsoft Dumps Groove Music as Spotify Becomes Best Source
We have long been telling you about how Microsoft has been focusing on both iOS and Android as the Windows Mobile platform has failed. Microsoft has given up the Windows Mobile apps due to iOS and Android both being the most used mobile platforms out there. The company even partnered up with other companies like Samsung within the past year. This was to help marketing other Microsoft apps like Skype, OneDrive, and OneNote.
Several months ago, Microsoft began telling the music users to head on over to Spotify. That seems to be where Microsoft is trying to push the base, although Spotify was already very popular. In fact, Spotify is likely one of the biggest music streaming services out there.
Even as Microsoft was trying to get people to Groove Music, the app itself was able to still provide the functionality to listen to files. Now, even the ability to listen to your personal files is going away, and the Groove Music apps have already been removed from Google Play and Apple’s App Store. Since the apps have been removed from the app stores, now the focus is on officially ending the app functionality altogether in December.
Groove Music Just the Latest Microsoft App to Fall
It is not a shock that the iOS and Android apps have already been removed from Apple’s App Store or Google Play Store. When it comes to how Microsoft goes about removing apps, the decision is always made to remove the apps from the cross-platform world first. That is because cross-platform apps are not seen as a necessity and these are the apps that Microsoft cannot afford to keep running.
We want to know what you think of this news if you are currently using Groove Music. Are you one of the 50 million subscribers to Spotify? Do you think Spotify is a great replacement for this particular app? What do you think is the best option for Microsoft when it comes to various apps that the company put out for Windows Mobile? Is removing the apps from iOS and Android the best thing to do? We want to know what you think of Groove Music and what your suggestion is for another music streaming app.