Microsoft is Axing its iOS App on June 1

Last year, Microsoft announced that it was axing its Groove streaming music service, effectively removing one alternative to Spotify and Apple Music from the market.

At the same time, though, the company confirmed that it would be still investing in the app itself, specifically for Windows 10 users, so they could keep using it as a digital locker service for purchased MP3s and other music. That same idea won’t be holding over for iOS and Android users, though. The Verge is reporting on Thursday that Microsoft is killing both iOS and Android apps on December 18, 2018.

On that date, the service will no longer be accessible at all, and those previously accessible music files and other MP3s will no longer be reachable, either. Groove Music will not serve as a locker service from that date forward. However, if you store music files in OneDrive, users will still be able to use that service to access those files.

Microsoft notes that its Groove Music app will no longer be available to download from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store beginning June 1:

“Tomorrow we’re notifying customers that on December 1, 2018, the Groove Music iOS and Android apps will also be retired and, effective June 1, are no longer available for download.”/blockquote>

Our Take

Considering how much Microsoft has put into becoming a services business, supplying options for all of the major platforms rather than just relying on its own, it’s strange to see Microsoft giving up on something like Groove Music — a streaming service that has its roots way back in the Zune platform. Then again, considering the presence that services like Spotify, Pandora, and, increasingly, Apple Music have, maybe it isn’t too surprising.

[via The Verge]