The Phone Companion app in Windows 10 refers to Xbox Music as Groove Music, and to Xbox Music Pass as Groove Music Pass. Is Microsoft rebranding Xbox Music?
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If you're familiar with streaming music services like Spotify, Apple Music will seem very familiar. But it will be a compelling choice for Apple fans.
Google announced this morning that it will now offer a free, ad-supported version of its Google Play Music streaming music service that works like radio.
MixRadio—previously a Nokia music streaming service that was exclusive to Windows Phone—is now available on Android and iOS. But no worries, Windows Phone fans: MixRadio tells me it is still very committed to your favorite mobile platform. I was invited to MixRadio’s announcement today in New York but couldn’t justify the expense. But I have […]
Spotify announced this morning that it has partnered with Starbucks to bring its streaming music service to over 7,000 US-based Starbucks retail stores.
In late 2006, Microsoft announced Zune, “the next big milestone for its Connected Entertainment vision.” Zune was, let’s face it, an iPod rip-off, though it did offer some unique features and, more important, came in a sweet brown version. So sweet, in fact, that I still have mine. I’ll provide a number of looks back […]
This week, Microsoft updated Movie Creator Beta for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, adding a number of useful new features, including OneDrive integration and support for 4K video. However, this useful app continues to be limited to Microsoft’s Lumia handsets and Surface tablets for some reason. Note: I’d be surprised if Microsoft continued […]
For the few, the proud, the Zune HD users, there is Zune HD and then there is nothing else. But what do you do when a Zune HD gives up the ghost? Is there an acceptable modern alternative? Why yes. Yes, there is. I thought you’d never ask. Larry S. asks: My beloved Zune HD […]
Microsoft has updated Xbox Music for Windows Phone again, this time adding two small but very nice new features. This is the first update since Microsoft added OneDrive integration a month ago, and comes during a time in which the firm could have been forgiven for focusing on Windows 10. So kudos to Microsoft—well, the […]
Since I literally just ripped my collection of Star Wars Blu-Ray discs to 1080p video files—you’re welcome, world—Disney has finally announced a long-overdue milestone: All six Star Wars movies are heading to digital video stores on Friday, backed by tons of bonus content. And yes, that includes Xbox Video. (Music and video releases used to […]
Roku arguably makes the best living room streaming players, but it’s been a while since the firm has updated these devices. That changes—sort of—this week with updated versions of the existing Roku 3 and Roku 2 devices, both of which now offer better performance and additional functionality. And the new Roku 3 adds voice search, […]
Thanks to a recent software update, Amazon’s inexpensive Fire TV Stick—an HDMI dongle that works as a sort of mini digital media set-top box—has improved its support for Miracast wireless display. This means that in addition to its normal functionality, you should be able to use Fire TV Stick to mirror the display on your […]
With Microsoft finally offering a way for Xbox Music users to add their own music to a cloud-based music collection, it’s time to re-examine a golden oldie of sorts: What’s the best way to rip the music you already own on CD to a digital format you can then access from all your devices with […]
Microsoft issued a minor update to its Xbox Music app for Windows Phone 8.1 that explains the recent OneDrive integration functionality and allows users to download playlists that include music from OneDrive. This isn’t quite “nothing to see here” territory, as I do appreciate it every time that Microsoft effectively communicates what it’s doing. But […]