Microsoft still isn't having much luck competing in the digital music realm. The software behemoth has announced that it's axing its Groove Music services (streaming, purchases and re-downloads) after December 31st, 2017. And unlike in the past, there isn't another Microsoft-branded service waiting in the wings. Instead, the company is transitioning everyone over to Spotify. The Groove Music app will offer to migrate your collection and playlists through an update, starting with a preview version this week and more broadly on October 9th.
Groove Music Pass subscribers will have the option of migrating to Spotify until "at least" January 31st. And if you paid for Music Pass beyond December, you'll get a refund for the amount of time you didn't get to play. The Groove app will continue to work with downloaded purchases and other locally stored music.