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Say farewell to Xbox Music

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If you happen to have a copy of Windows 10 then you might have noticed a link to “Groove Music”. Clicking on this link though surprisingly takes you to the existing Xbox Music app. After lots of questions Microsoft has now confirmed that the Xbox Music brand we have all come to love or hate is being ditched and replaced with the new name “Groove”. However as you can clearly see from the welcome screen it states Groove Music, but Microsoft have stated this is an error and will be changed in the next update.

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So what can Windows 10 users expect to see in the new Groove app:

  • The Look and Feel: Groove provides an improved experience for listening to and managing your music in Windows 10. Getting into music is faster than ever with easy-to-use menus and navigation controls that work well with both mouse/keyboard, and with familiar touch gestures on touch-screen devices. Pinch to zoom in or out of different views, drag your favorite tracks in to playlists, hover over the Taskbar icon for playback controls, or right click for contextual menus to pin an album to your Start menu. And you can also infuse your personality in to Groove – choose a light or dark theme for the app depending on your mood, or pick an accent color in Windows Settings and the Groove app makes it shine.
  • Accessing Your Music on your favorite devices: We’re also making it easy to access your content across your favorite devices – with built-in OneDrive integration making your favorite songs only a few clicks away. Upload all your MP3’s to OneDrive, even songs purchased from iTunes, and access them all for free with the Groove app on your Windows devices, Xbox, the web — and even on your Android phones and iPhones (coming soon).
  • Music and the Windows Store: You can also sign up for a Groove Music Pass subscription – a premium ad-free listening experience with no interruptions. $9.99/month or $99/year gets you complete access to stream and download music from the Windows Store — one of the largest music catalogs on the planet with over 40 million tracks. Subscribers can also create custom radio stations based on their favorite songs, albums and artists. Subscribers that already have an Xbox Music pass will automatically change to a Groove Music Pass when the service goes officially live.

 

It doesn’t end there though and Microsoft also announced that the Xbox Video app will also be rebranded with the new and exciting name “Movies & TV”. (tumbleweed rolls past)

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Here is what Microsoft had to say about the new Movies and TV app:

  • Enjoying Videos in Windows 10: You will find the Movies & TV app in Windows 10 better than ever for playing all your personal videos, as well as all the movies and TV shows you love. Import your personal video collection, and play back your content in a fast and elegantly designed app that is optimized for both mouse/keyboard as well as touch. Drag and drop videos between your collections, use right clicks and hot keys for contextual menus, or go full-screen with easy to use playback controls. We’ve also added additional file format support like .MKV too.
  • The Windows Store: Movies & TV has direct integration with the Windows Store, where you can buy or rent from all the latest movies and TV shows in HD, as well as thousands of other favorites. Weekly new releases, access to TV shows a day after air, deals and discounts, and personalized recommendations just for you. And on Windows 10 devices, Xbox and the web, the Movies & TV app lets you start watching purchased or rented content on one device, and pick up where you left off on another device.

So with the name changes is Microsoft U-turning on their decision and refocusing the Xbox name back to its gaming origins? Both Groove and Movies & TV apps will officially go live for Windows 10’s on its launch, July 29. The apps will then continue to roll out to other devices in the following months.

Xbox Music: OneDrive Integration now available

It was announced this week that Xbox Music has integrated with OneDrive to allow access to your entire personal music collection from your Xbox Music application for free!  Any music files that you upload to your new “Music” folder in OneDrive will start to show up in your collection on music.xbox.com and in the Xbox Music apps for Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1, Xbox 360, and Xbox One and you don’t even need an Xbox Music Pass. If you do have a music pass, you’ll get an extra 100GB of storage on your OneDrive.

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There is more information on the Integration here – I don’t have a music pass but will certainly be checking this out. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how it works if you do.

Xbox Music Rolls Out To iOS and Android – New Features For Future Announced

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Xbox Music has been released today on iOS and Android and additionally as a free streaming service on the web – so long as you’re running Windows 8! The service will drop down to a limited streaming plan after 6 months.

Xbox Music is now available on iOS and Android devices worldwide, expanding the number of devices the service is available on. And this is only the beginning since continued plans to improve the service on these platforms will eventually bring an offline mode to iOS and Android in the coming months.

Free Streaming on any Web Browser. Today an update to the Web-based music player rolled out to introduce free streaming on the Web. That means you can simply visit http://music.xbox.com and begin listening to free music immediately. This will drop down to a limited service after 6 months.

Xbox Music will continue to grow and evolve over the coming months, too, with the addition of the following features and updates:

Web Playlist. A new Web Playlist feature is built into the Xbox Music app for Windows 8.1. The tool scans for artists’ mentions on a given Web page and creates a custom playlist of their music. Think about the Web page of your favorite radio station, or an upcoming music festival, and all the bands and songs included on that Web page. Web Playlist identifies all that music and creates an instant, custom playlist inside Xbox Music with the simple touch of a button. We’ll release Web Playlist along with Windows 8.1 on Oct. 18.

Bing Smart Search. Xbox Music is integrated seamlessly into Bing Smart Search for Windows 8.1. Using Bing Smart Search, you can find musicians, bands and artists presented in a rich field of content, including top songs, albums, videos, images and relevant Web pages. If you select a track from the song list in the Bing results, it will immediately begin playing in the Xbox Music app. By collaborating with the Windows and Bing teams, Xbox Music on Windows 8.1 will make it easier than ever to find tons of great info about your favorite artists and instantly listen to the music you love without backing in and out of apps.

Radio comes to the Web. Creating a new form of artist-based radio, the Radio feature is a quick and dynamic way to personalize your collection, discover new favorites and create ultimate playlists by launching instant mixes based on your favorite artists. With unlimited skips and a view of the full recommended music stream, Radio puts you in control of your Internet radio experience. Radio will release to the Xbox Music web player later this year.

Via Xbox Wire