Microsoft is “retiring” its Groove Music Service (aka Xbox Music aka Zune). Why am I blogging about this? Partly it is because I just removed support from Groove from music4dance. Partly because that service was part of the reason that music4dance evolved the way that it did. But mostly it is because there is some overlap between music4dance users and Groove subscribers. Approximately 15% of users that expressed a music service preference checked the Groove Music box as one of the options. So for those of you that are Groove Music subscribers, please make sure to check out the Spotify migration option before the January 31st, 2018.
In any case, you’ll no longer see the Groove Music symbol in the play or purchase song options on the site. Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music are still fully supported though, so most songs can be located in at least one of those catalogs.
The other statistic I noticed while checking on Groove usage is that only about 25% of registered music4dance users have expressed a preference for any music service. So if you’ve got a minute please head to your profile page and let me know which music services you use. This helps me prioritize features. And if you use a service that I’m not currently listing, please send me feedback directly and I’ll add it to the list of choices.