Microsoft to kill off Groove Music Android and iOS apps

Groove MusicMicrosoft has announced that it will retire both its Android and iOS Groove Music apps – six months after discontinuing its Groove Music Pass streaming offering.

From 1 December 2018, both apps will stop functioning and, as such, should be uninstalled by users, otherwise it’ll just be taking up unnecessary space on their devices.

Though getting rid of its Android and iOS apps, all personal music files will still be available on OneDrive. And these files can still be listened to via the Windows 10 Groove Music apps on PC, Xbox, and Windows Phone.

Upon killing off its streaming service in December 2017, Microsoft linked up with Spotify to enable Groove Music Pass customers to move their curated playlists and music collections directly to Spotify.

The decision from Microsoft to get rid of its Groove Music mobile apps, and to favour Spotify as the place to continue listening to music, is a clear sign of the tech giant conceding in its attempt to battle with the music streaming big dogs like Spotify and Apple Music.