Beginning Dec. 31, Microsoft will stop offering Groove Music passes, at which point remaining subscribers will be refunded.
It's been quite some time since we've heard from Groove Music, and it turns out there's good reason for that.
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Groove Music users whose subscriptions extend beyond the December 31 will receive a prorated refund if your credit card on file is accessible. This will only be available for Groove Music users who'll move their music before January 31, 2018, and the user must not be now subscribed to premium or have been subscribed previously. However, Groove Music never really caught up to Spotify or Apple Music, and ultimately competed among a list of second-tier services. Some songs available for the Groove Music Pass might not have a direct match on Spotify, so you might have to search a bit for a particular song. There's also an FAQ with more details for users who have an annual subscription. And dedicated Microsoft fans are disappointed by the retirement, and perhaps a sign that the company isn't focused on consumer services.
Also be sure to download any tracks you've purchased to your devices before December 31 to ensure you'll still have access to your music following this transition. There were sightings previous year of a "Groove Music Maker" application, which could be similar to Apple's Garage Band. Forza Horizon 3, a Microsoft exclusive game, included an integrated Groove Music radio station for users to play their playlists from within the game.
It will not, however, be migrating playlists, so you'll probably be wanting to think about how you're going to recreate those.
This should really help if you have lots of music stored on OneDrive that's probably not available in Spotify's catalog.