Groove Music failed because of Microsoft's smartphone missteps

There are many reasons why Microsoft terminated its Groove music streaming service, but it's the lack of a mobile platform that is the real culprit.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it is terminating the Groove Music Pass streaming service later this year. Going back to Zune (and even further with MSN Music), the move puts the proverbial nail in Microsoft's long-failed attempt to become a preferred service for online music.

While the cost of maintaining a large music catalog...

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