The Groove Music app on the Xbox One got an update earlier today, one that should get fans very excited. You see, the Groove Music app is not yet fully Universal. At the moment, it is for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, but not yet for the Xbox One.
Microsoft knows this is a problem, which is why the company released an update earlier to make sure the app is able to synchronize content in order for it to work well with the versions on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.
The update comes after several complaints from users stating the Groove Music app tends to fail when it comes down to synchronizing content from other devices.
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The update is available now for all Xbox One owners, even those on the Preview Program. We understand that being on the Preview Program shouldn’t interfere with the update, but Microsoft doesn’t seem to be 100 percent sure of that.
We got the update on our Xbox One, and can say for sure that it works. Synchronizing music content is much smoother now, something that should have been the case since day one.
With that done, the only thing left for Microsoft to do is to allow for background music playback on the Xbox One. Yes, it is possible to listen to your own music while playing any game, but that means the gamer must snap the Groove Music app beside the game. This takes up a lot of screen real estate, so for those with small screens, going down this road is a no.
Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, said several times that background music is coming, but he did not specify when exactly. Chances are, we might have to wait until Build 2016 or the next E3 gaming expo to learn more. If the feature is not announced at either of those shows, then fans are going to lose their minds.