• Sat. May 14th, 2022

Microsoft remembers they have a music player on Android, shut it down

About 6 months ago, Microsoft finally removed Groove Music Pass, and with it the most important feature of their Groove Music app.

So it was a surprise when Microsoft today released an update for the Groove Music app, bringing it to version 12.0529.1719. The update only makes bug fixes, but since the app’s functionality is drastically reduced, it can really only play music from your OneDrive, even a maintenance update is unexpected.

In the Google Play Store, the app suggests, without irony, “Groove brings you all the music you love, the way you want”.

The following features are supported:

  • Add your MP3s to OneDrive and listen to them wherever you go
  • Download playlists, albums, and songs from OneDrive to enjoy your favorites even when you’re not connected to the network
  • See at a glance what’s available where (online, offline, both)
  • Add songs, albums, and playlists to your Groove music collection and access them from your phone, Xbox, PC, and the web

I suspect something more is brewing, as Microsoft may be looking to bring Timeline support to the app, adding another element to the web of Microsoft apps and services linking Windows 10, iOS, and Android.

Update: On the other hand, Microsoft may have other projects …

Update 2: A Microsoft FAQ clearly states that Groove apps will be discontinued on iOS and Android tomorrow.

What Happens to Groove Music on iOS and Android?

As of June 1, 2018, the Groove Music iOS and Android apps are no longer available for download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. On December 1, 2018, the Groove Music iOS and Android apps will be retired. After this date, applications will no longer work and will need to be uninstalled.

If you still have a large MP3 collection and therefore see little reason to subscribe to a streaming music service, the app might have been perfectly adequate for accessing your collection on the go. However, the day after tomorrow it will be a collector’s item. Find it in the Google Play Store here.

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