Get your groove on. Microsoft has rebranded Xbox Music for Windows 10, with its new app called Groove, while Xbox Video has also ditched its gaming connection. Windows 10’s place for video will now be called “Movies & TV”. The company thinks this will make it “more identifiable for our broad customer base.” They are keeping it simple. To start, the changes will be applied to Microsoft’s new OS when it arrives on PCs at the end of the month, but the company will eventually transition it to apps on all platforms.
This is more than just a name change. Microsoft is touting Groove as being faster to access music, whether you’re using a traditional keyboard and mouse or a touchscreen device like a Surface 3, with pinch zooming for navigating through views. Playlist management will also be easier and you will have the ability to drag songs between lists, or right-clicking to pin an album to the Start menu. Sound good?
When it comes to multi-device use, there’s OneDrive integration upload any MP3s to the cloud, with the Groove app for Windows, Xbox, browsers, and at some point, iPhone and Android streaming them directly.
If you like streaming, there’s a Groove Music Pass subscription for $9.99 a month or $99 a year for access to the Windows Store’s 40m track catalog. You can create custom radio stations from a song, album, or artist too. Seems like they have all of the bases covered.