Microsoft shut down its Android and iOS apps after shutting down its Groove Music service last year. The tech giant introduced the service as Xbox Music back in 2012 and offers music streaming via subscription or purchase through the Windows Store. However, in October 2017, the company had discontinued the music subscription service, allowing its customers to move their playlists and music collections to Spotify. While the cross-platform music app lost a lot of meaning, the value was in the music stored and synchronized on OneDrive. Now the company has decided to finally pull the plug of the app on December 1, 2018.
According to Microsoft, Groove Music applications will no longer be just installed on Android and iOS devices, but their installations will not work. However, Microsoft has assured that personal files will still be available in OneDrive. In a support page update, the company said, "You can continue listening to these files and their playlists using the Windows 1
Although Microsoft says the music files will still be available and playable on OneDrive, the experience with Album Art and music controls for Groove Music users will be unavailable.
It's clear that Microsoft is cutting support for Groove Music to the bare minimum. Since Spotify has already been adopted, there seems to be no reason to maintain apps across platforms.