Groove Music pass which was formerly known as Xbox Music Pass and Zune Music Pass, was a paid subscription service that allowed streaming of music from the app’s huge catalog. Microsoft discontinued the Groove Music Pass service on the 31st of December back in 2017 due to its unsuccessful nature. Microsoft started to promote Spotify after discontinuing the Groove Music Pass service.
Discontinuation Of Streaming From OneDrive
After the streaming service was discontinued it still retained some abilities. You could still stream your own tracks from OneDrive, which still made it useful for users who used Onedrive to stream songs. However, this feature will no longer be usable as it is coming to end at the end of this month.
Today, Microsoft posted a support document that stated Windows 10 users would no longer be able to stream music from OneDrive through the Groove Music app. This will affect Windows 10 PCs, phones, and Xbox One consoles. This will also affect Forza Horizon 3, which includes the ability to play music through Groove while playing the game.
However, this is not a big deal since if you have your OneDrive synced to your PC, you’ll still be able to play your music. This new policy only affects the streaming of music. Of course, you can still use the Onedrive app to play your music if you don’t have your music synced to your PC.
This new policy is just another step in Microsoft’s plan to retire Groove music once and for all. In May of last year, Microsoft announced that it would be removing the Groove apps for iOS and Android in December. Microsoft’s next step in retiring Groove could possibly be the Windows 10 app.
You need not worry about your OneDrive files as they will all remain in your Drive. An alternative to Groove Music can be Google Play Music or the One Drive web player.