Groove Music Will Use New Share Interface in Creators Update

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Groove Music, Windows 10 with 17 Comments

Groove Music Will Use New Share Interface in Creators Update

This week, Microsoft updated Groove Music on Windows 10. But the biggest new feature—playlist sharing—won’t be enabled unless you’re using the Creators Update.

Which means, for now, that only those on the Windows 10 Insider Fast ring can actually access this functionality. But the other new features, noted below, are available to everyone.

Here’s what’s new in Groove build 10.17012.1030.0.

Playlist sharing. Groove now integrates with the new Share functionality that is coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update and lets you share playlists with other Groove users. (Several people actually contacted me about this new functionality last week, but I didn’t see it appear until yesterday.)

Groove Music Pass preview. Now, those who are not Groove Music Pass subscribers can preview “millions of songs” for free. I do have a Groove Music Pass, so it’s unclear what changed here. I’m guessing Microsoft doesn’t allow non-subscribers to actually listen to full songs, for example.

Get going on Android or iPhone more easily. If you’re using Groove on your Windows 10 PC and would like to Get the app more easily on your handset, you can now text yourself a link to do so, right from the Groove app.

And more… As always, Microsoft made various other (and undocumented) minor fixes and improvements.

Microsoft also notes that some features are limited to certain (also undocumented) markets, as always. This is in addition to the limitation on the playlist sharing feature.

 

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