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Microsoft announced that the Groove Music Pass is coming to an end for the Xbox One, and the company has begun offering helpful tips on how to move over your music from the Groove Music profile to Spotify ahead of the closure of the service at the end of the year on December 31st.
Over on the official Groove Music FAQ page, it's announced that starting December 31st, 2017 the Groove Music Pass will cease operation. This means that you will no longer be able to download music from the service, you will no longer be able to stream music from the service, your playlists will no longer work, and all of your content that you purchased will no longer be accessible from the Groove Music online network.
During the middle of October Microsoft will work with Groove Music Pass subscribers to help facilitate the process of getting their music and content off of Groove and onto Spotify. You'll be able to transfer all of your content from one service to the next. If you don't plan on moving over to Spotify, you will only be able to access your music if you download all of your songs to your Xbox One. But after December 31st you will not be able to re-acquire the music you purchased from Groove Music.
Microsoft suggests backing up all of your tracks as soon as possible before the end of the year gets here. You'll still be able to play local files that have been downloaded but you won't be able to buy anymore songs or re-download them once 2018 rolls around.
The Groove Music Pass was originally part of the Zune Music ecosystem, but it never really took off. Microsoft rebranded the Zune Music services as the Xbox Music services by 2012, and then in 2013 the company attached Xbox Music to the Xbox One as a one-stop destination for downloading and streaming digital music content.
For a time the Xbox Music app was the only way to listen to custom music while you played games due to a lack of native DLNA support on the Xbox One. However, doing so required giving up a lot of screen real estate for the Xbox Snap feature. You could then play the Xbox Music app in the Snap screen while you played your game in the main screen. This was highly inconvenient and Microsoft eventually enabled true DLNA support for the Xbox One, rendering the Xbox Music app somewhat redundant.
Things still didn't quite work out, and Microsoft then rebranded the Xbox Music app into the Groove Music service, allowing users to purchase passes to access all sorts of streaming music, and music downloads.
Well, things still didn't manage to work out in Microsoft's favor, and the company ended up deciding to scrap the Groove Music Pass altogether. If you've been using the Groove Music Pass and plan on moving over to Spotify, now would be a good time to mark the spot on the calendar when the Groove Music Pass update will roll out that will enable you to move your music over to Spotify so you can avoid losing all your music when December gets here.