December 31st. Remember the date. That is when Microsoft is giving up entirely on making money with Groove (formerly Xbox Music) and limiting it to a stock media player for Microsoft’s Modern UI. But what does it truly mean for us, as Linux users?
I’m looking at this from the perspective of giving people who are tired of Microsoft’s shenanigans the gift of Linux. If you know somebody who is a music lover but doesn’t really do anything much that’s exclusive to Windows, try to goad such people into installing and using Spotify; The option to move their Groove subscription music to Spotify will be there before shutdown, and the option to export in Groove will probably be available to everyone next month.
This isn’t me advocating for Spotify. I wouldn’t care if you cling onto Pandora (especially because they’re most popular at the moment). But there is a first-party Debian package for the Spotify desktop client. That’s a thing to consider heavily if you or anyone else used Groove to manage music on Windows. Come holiday, we can make some big moves to introduce a few more users into our userland. Just don’t be so overbearing about it and you’ll probably convince a few people it has potential if they just work with it for a week.