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Not to be confused with Groove (music). Groove Music_sentence_0

"Xbox Music" redirects here. Groove Music_sentence_1

It is not to be confused with Xbox Music Mixer. Groove Music_sentence_2

"Microsoft Groove" redirects here. Groove Music_sentence_3

It is not to be confused with Microsoft Office Groove. Groove Music_sentence_4

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Groove MusicGroove Music_table_caption_0
Developer(s)Groove Music_header_cell_0_0_0 MicrosoftGroove Music_cell_0_0_1
Stable releaseGroove Music_header_cell_0_1_0 Windows 1010.19072.14111.0 / September 9, 2019; 15 months ago (2019-09-09)Groove Music_cell_0_1_1
Windows 10Groove Music_header_cell_0_2_0 10.19072.14111.0 / September 9, 2019; 15 months ago (2019-09-09)Groove Music_cell_0_2_1
Operating systemGroove Music_header_cell_0_3_0 Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.1Groove Music_cell_0_3_1
PlatformGroove Music_header_cell_0_4_0 x86, x64, ARM, ARM64Groove Music_cell_0_4_1
Available inGroove Music_header_cell_0_5_0 113 languagesGroove Music_cell_0_5_1
TypeGroove Music_header_cell_0_6_0 audio playerGroove Music_cell_0_6_1
LicenseGroove Music_header_cell_0_7_0 FreewareGroove Music_cell_0_7_1
WebsiteGroove Music_header_cell_0_8_0 Q1358859?uselang=en#P856Groove Music_cell_0_8_1

Groove Music (formerly Xbox Music or just Zune Music Pass) is an audio player software application included with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. Groove Music_sentence_5

The app is also associated with a now-discontinued music streaming service, Groove Music Pass which was supported across Windows, Xbox video game consoles, Windows Phone, as well as Android and iOS. Groove Music_sentence_6

As of 2014, The Groove catalogue had over 50 million tracks. Groove Music_sentence_7

Its subscription service Groove Music Pass was officially discontinued on December 31, 2017, and the Android and iOS versions of the Groove Music app were discontinued on December 2018, restricting the player to its native Microsoft Store base. Groove Music_sentence_8

History Groove Music_section_0

Microsoft had previously ventured into music services with its Zune brand. Groove Music_sentence_9

The Zune Music Marketplace included 11 million tracks. Groove Music_sentence_10

The line of Zune players and Zune music store were somewhat unsuccessful, and the brand was largely discontinued at the beginning of the 2010s, although it continued to exist on different devices and the Zune Music Pass offered unlimited access to songs for US$9.99 per month. Groove Music_sentence_11

During its E3 2012 press conference, and in the wake of the upcoming release of Windows 8. Groove Music_sentence_12

Microsoft announced the relaunch of the service as Xbox Music. Groove Music_sentence_13

With the accompanying announcement of Xbox Video, this move was intended to position Xbox as the company's main entertainment brand. Groove Music_sentence_14

Both services launched October 16, 2012. Groove Music_sentence_15

On July 6, 2015, Microsoft announced the re-branding of Xbox Music as Groove to tie in with the impending release of Windows 10. Groove Music_sentence_16

The new brand utilized the Microsoft-owned "Groove" trademark formerly used for the unrelated product Microsoft Office Groove (now OneDrive for Business). Groove Music_sentence_17

Joe Belfiore explained that the re-branding was intended to disassociate the service from the Xbox product line, making it more inclusive to non-Xbox platforms. Groove Music_sentence_18

On October 2, 2017, Microsoft announced that it would discontinue its subscription service Groove Music Pass and music purchases on Windows Store after December 31, 2017, leaving support for playing music stored locally and on OneDrive. Groove Music_sentence_19

At this time, Microsoft began advertising the competing service Spotify, displaying a banner ad for the service within the Groove Music user interface, and offering the ability to migrate music collections and playlists to the service. Groove Music_sentence_20

As a side effect of the discontinuation, Microsoft additionally announced on May 31, 2018 that the Groove Music apps for Android and iOS would also be discontinued and cease functioning on December 1, 2018, with users being redirected to Google Play Music and iTunes Match for similar cloud synchronization functionality (the OneDrive app still offers limited music playback functions within). Groove Music_sentence_21

Groove Music Pass Groove Music_section_1

Groove Music Pass (formerly Xbox Music Pass and Zune Music Pass) is a discontinued pay subscription service that allowed unlimited streaming of the service's catalog on any device with the service installed. Groove Music_sentence_22

The pricing in the U.S. included monthly and annual subscriptions. Groove Music_sentence_23

A one-month trial offer was available, but those who previously tried the Zune Music Pass subscription prior to the rebranding were ineligible for this offer. Groove Music_sentence_24

An advertising-supported streaming tier was previously available, but discontinued effective December 1, 2014. Groove Music_sentence_25

Music could also be purchased directly from Windows Store. Groove Music_sentence_26

Users' purchased music, and playlists consisting of songs available on the service could be synced through OneDrive and accessed from multiple devices. Groove Music_sentence_27

Songs in a user's local library on a Windows 8.1 PC could be matched and made available to other devices if available on Groove Music Pass. Groove Music_sentence_28

Custom "radio stations" could be generated using songs related to user-selected songs. Groove Music_sentence_29

Songs could be downloaded for offline listening on smartphones. Groove Music_sentence_30

Uploading of non-Groove music became available on Windows 10. Groove Music_sentence_31

Windows 10's Anniversary Update allowed users to hide features that require a Groove Music Pass from the interface. Groove Music_sentence_32

On October 2, 2017, Microsoft announced the discontinuation of the Groove Music Pass service effective December 31, 2017. Groove Music_sentence_33

Existing subscribers were refunded, and Microsoft began promoting Spotify as an alternative by allowing saved playlists to be migrated to the service. Groove Music_sentence_34

Cloud Collection Groove Music_section_2

Groove Music lets users create a collection of songs and playlists that roam through the cloud on all the supported devices. Groove Music_sentence_35

The songs can be added from the Groove Music Store or matched (within the Groove Music Catalog) to songs either saved locally on the user's machine or uploaded to the user's OneDrive account for the country the user is in. Groove Music_sentence_36

APIs for developers Groove Music_section_3

The Groove Music API provides access to RESTful web services for developers to leverage the catalog and features of the service in their application or website. Groove Music_sentence_37

Geographical availability Groove Music_section_4

Countries where Groove is available include: Groove Music_sentence_38

See also Groove Music_section_5

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Music.