Do you use Microsoft’s “Groove Music” app to listen to music on your iOS or Android mobile device?
If so, you’ll need to switch to something different before December rolls around.
Microsoft has just announced that they’ll be “retiring” the Groove Music apps for both Android and iOS on December 1, 2018.
After that date you’ll still be able to access any music that you have stored on OneDrive, but you’ll have to listen to it using OneDrive or some other Microsoft-based player because the Groove Music app on your Android or iOS mobile device will no longer work.
Their Groove Music service never really took off the way Microsoft hoped it would, probably because they were late getting into the digital music streaming game and iTunes, Pandora, Spotify and Amazon Music were already serving that market quite well.
Truth be told, relatively few people signed up for Groove Music even though it was available to Windows users right on their PC’s and other Windows devices.
Bottom line: The impact of this change on the streaming music industry as a whole will be negligible, but if you happen to be one of the affected users you’ll need switch to an alternative service for your Android and/or iOS listening pleasure by December 1.
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