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.
Recent Groove Music Stories
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.
Tech tidbits from around the web. 8/11/2016 10:34:16 AM Note: I would have published some of this yesterday, but in a weird bit of timing, I signed off from the Windows Weekly podcast and the house—and, as it turns out, the neighborhood—lost power at that exact moment. Our power ended up being out for over three […]
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.