When it comes to music subscription services, Microsoft's Groove really is unique. In that it doesn't offer a family plan.
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Tech tidbits from around the web: Groove Music is updated in Windows 10 Insider Preview, Runtastic and Google Play Music partner up, Oculus held a press conference and you're not going to believe what happened next, and Google is actually advertising its new phones.
I received an email from Microsoft this morning alerting me that music I had purchased from the Zune service before 2012 would need to be downloaded or it will be lost forever. Here's what happening ... and how you can fix this.
Spotify this week said that it now has 40 million paying subscribers, up from 30 million in March. That means that the music subscription service is growing well over twice as fast as its closest competitor, Apple Music.
In the coming weeks, both Amazon and Pandora are expected to upend the digital music industry and offer streaming services to consumers that start at just $5 per month. Will this be enough to disrupt the market leaders?
Microsoft's Groove has really stepped it up over the past year. But it's still missing one key ingredient: Alone among the major music services, Groove doesn't offer a family plan.
Microsoft's new Xbox One S isn't just the premier video game console. It also offers an elegant solution for living room entertainment, providing access to many popular services and capabilities.
Here's a quick follow-up to my previous "Woku" articles. At this point, I can make two generalizations: While workable, the PC is still uneasy in the living room. And this didn't qualify as a BYOPC project.
Microsoft has steadily improved its once-lackluster Groove apps across multiple platforms this year. And now it's done so on Xbox One, too, bringing a new user experience and background audio playback to its flagship console.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Groove gets another nice update for Windows Insiders, Gears of War gets a gorgeous 4K trailer, the Lumia 650 is on sale too, and the HDHomeRun DVR app is now available on Xbox One.
For over two weeks now, I've secretly made a major change to my daily workflow and have been using as many Microsoft mobile apps on PC, tablet, and smartphone as possible. And my relative levels of success speak volumes, I think, to the state of Microsoft's mobile efforts here in mid-2016.
I'm tired of waiting for Microsoft to make what I think of as a "Woku," a Windows-based Roku-type device that I can use inexpensively and elegantly access my Windows 10-based media apps and services. So let's build one for ourselves.
Microsoft continues to update Groove across various platforms. Today, those on the Windows Insider program can preview a coming update that improves Your Groove playlists and provides a way to once again edit song metadata.
Xbox One S owners can now enjoy background music playback and control on their consoles. This feature still requires app support, so the ways in which you can keep music playing in the background are currently limited.
Here's a tip for Windows 10 users: Microsoft is offering deals on apps, games, movies, TV shows, and music in the Windows Store tied to the July 29 anniversary of the initial Windows 10 release.
The first-ever major update to the Microsoft Groove apps on Android and iPhone brings most of the improvements we've seen in the Windows 10 version of the app these more popular mobile platforms. This is a big deal.
Microsoft has updated the Groove app for the shipping version of Windows 10, bringing it up to date with the version Windows Insiders have been using. And that means they get the new Your Groove and Explore features that elevate this service to a new level.
Moving from Windows phone to Android or iPhone is a revelation for most Microsoft fans, since the software giant generally provides better coverage on these mobile platforms than it does on its own. But there's one obvious exception: Groove.
Happy 4th of July! Here are some tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's Ultimate Game Sale starts tomorrow, Xbox Play Anywhere launches on September 13th, Your Groove gets a little bit groovier, NuAns NEO running Windows 10 Mobile heads to Kickstarter, more.
Starting with the Anniversary Update, the Groove app in Windows 10 can now help you discover music with a new feature called Your Music, somewhat closing the gap with more popular music services like Spotify and Apple Music.
An update to the Groove app on Windows 10 Insider Preview builds of Windows 10 for PCs and Mobile adds the Your Groove feature that enhances Recent plays with curated playlists that can help you discover new music, and rediscover music in your own collection.
Microsoft is bringing a new feature called Your Groove to your favorite music service. Your Groove provides a new view in the PC, Mobile, and HoloLens versions of the Groove Music app with recently played music and curated playlists.
While Spotify is arguably the most popular full-featured music subscription service in the world, it lacks one key feature for those with their own music collections: Spotify offers no way to upload your own music to the service.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Kangaroo releases Mobile Desktop Pro, Microsoft Groove app is now "truly universal," the Minecraft generation, Google Play Podcasts is finally happening, Google launches Live Cases for Nexus 5X and 6P, more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: On the way to San Francisco, Xbox One's growing backwards compatibility library, what was lost when Microsoft restarted work on Gears 4, coming Groove Music improvements, and more.
A few tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft throws a bone to MixRadio users, Microsoft offers big discounts on tons of Xbox One and 360 games, Vizio P-Series is the First Google Cast-compatible TV, some interesting details about iPhone and iPad sales, RIP Andy Grove.