Microsoft’s streaming music service has gone by more names over the years. First, it was called Zune Music, after that, it was rebranded to Xbox Music back in 2012, and it eventually became Groove Music in 2015.
The Android app for Xbox Music was launched back in 2013, and it was updated to match the new Groove branding.
Groove’s essential features
- You can add your MP3s to OneDrive and play them wherever you go.
- You can download playlists, albums, and songs from OneDrive to enjoy your favorites even when you’re off the grid.
- You can see at a glance what’s available where (online, offline, both).
- You can add songs, albums, and playlists to your Groove music collection and access them from your phone, Xbox, PC, and the web.
The Groove app to be discontinued in December
Microsoft decided that it’s time to shut down the Groove music store, and streaming service in 2017 but users were still able to play MP3 files that were uploaded to OneDrive using the app.
If you are among those users, it’s recommended to consider switching to Google Play Music or Plex really soon because the Groove app will be discontinued.
A new support document revealed that the iOS and Android Groove apps will stop working on December 1, 2018. The music files will continue to be available via OneDrive, but the app is not designed as a media player.
The good news is that the Groove apps for Windows 10, Xbox and Windows Phone will not be affected at all.
Users have a few suggestions regarding the app.
For instance, someone says “This app needs a facelift and functionality increase! Just port the Windows 10 mobile app over and I’ll be happier. Pivot views and alphabet headers would be welcome rather than having to scroll through 600+ albums! Also, need to be able to install to SD card… It’s a must for big collections.”
Someone else agrees, saying that “Microsoft has major trouble making music apps. I have used their apps on several platforms. They had some good apps, and then something changed. They all started to suck. There are a lot of little things that prevent it from being really good and one major problem that makes it suck. It will not play music from an SD card. It will not allow you to download Music Pass music to SD card. This is a major fail.”
We’re not sure whether it’s worth expecting an update for the Groove app since Microsoft just decided to terminate the version for Android and iOS.