"On December 1, 2018, the Groove Music iOS and Android apps will be retired", a Microsoft support page notes. The Messenger app is a prime example of this, as it was originally made as a Skype client and later for SMS, but neither of those things work anymore unless you have an LTE-enabled PC. Microsoft is planning to retire the apps December 1st, 2018 and effective June 1st the apps would no longer be available for download.
One unique feature Groove Music had was the ability to play MP3 files stored in OneDrive. Interestingly, the company is also recommending iOS and Android users to either stream their cloud music collection with the OneDrive app (a rather clunky workaround), or switch to other digital music lockers from Google or Apple.
"Your personal music files will still be available on OneDrive", Microsoft wrote.
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. While it supports playback of media, it is not as well suited for that than dedicated applications to play music on mobile devices.
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The cross-platform music apps lost a lot of their goal when Microsoft closed its Groove music store and subscription service a year ago.
Grove Music is still available for Windows 10 devices but it remains to be seen for how long this will be the case.
The current version of Groove Music does not inform users yet about the upcoming retirement of the application.