Just over a year ago, Microsoft and its Groove Music service (formerly Xbox Music) offered a free four-month trial for Canadians, but last fall, the service came to an end.
Microsoft will shut down Groove Music for Android and iOS with effect from December 1, 2018. The Groove Music apps are no longer available for download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, but it'll continue to work for existing users for the time being.
The news isn't too much of a shock, given that Microsoft got rid of most of the apps' features in December and encouraged people to move their playlists and collections to Spotify. That being said, Microsoft confirms that those files will still be available and playable right within OneDrive, and other apps may be able to access them as well.
The company reassures that any personal files will continue to be available in OneDrive.
It also suggests switching to the Groove Music app for PC, Xbox and Windows Phone, although the latter isn't a viable long-term solution due to the protracted demise of the mobile OS. It was primarly made for Windows 10 users. Of course, it's odd for Microsoft to mention Windows Phone as a recommended platform given that company itself has discontinued it.
What's happening to Groove Music on iOS and Android? It's the result of many things, chief of which is the radically changed music industry, which now prefers streaming over buying individual albums or tracks.