Microsoft closed its Groove music streaming service last year and now they are killing off their iOS and Android Groove apps. Even without the streaming service the apps were still useful for listening to music uploaded to OneDrive. The apps will be retired 1st December 2018 and will not work beyond that date. Also from today, the apps are no longer available in the app stores. Music stored in OneDrive is unaffected and will still be available to listen to via the OneDrive app on iOS and Android but you do not get the same music experiences with the app as it’s just a basic file browser UI. The Groove app will still be available on Windows 10, Xbox and Windows Phone.
It’s sad to see the apps go away as at one stage it was the one of best cross platform music system available.
Here are the details from Microsoft’s support site:
On December 1, 2018, the Groove Music iOS and Android apps will be retired. Your personal music files will continue to be available in OneDrive. You can keep listening to those files, and your playlists, with the Windows 10 Groove Music apps on PC, Xbox, or Windows Phone.
What’s happening to the Groove Music iOS and Android apps?
The Groove Music iOS and Android apps will be retired on December 1, 2018. After that date, the apps won’t work and should be uninstalled.
What will happen to my music?
Your personal music files will still be available on OneDrive. You can access OneDrive online or through the OneDrive app on any supported device. To keep playing your music and playlists in Groove, use the Windows 10 Groove Music apps on PC, Xbox, or Windows Phone.
How can I play my OneDrive music on my iOS or Android device?
Download your OneDrive music to your PC. Get more info about Groove and OneDrive.
Play your music through the OneDrive app. Get more info about Groove and OneDrive.
Play your OneDrive music with another streaming app. Get apps from Microsoft Store.
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.