Windows 10 Groove app gets offline music streaming

Khushaar Tanveer avatar. By: Khushaar Tanveer
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After Microsoft classified its Groove Music app as a replacement for Zune, the former has received constant updates, with new features landing after every month or so on Windows phones. Just recently, another update was introduced by Microsoft that makes the Groove experience more reliable. The update comes with offline streaming support, with music tracks not available grayed out in the app along with an exclamation mark notifying users to turn their internet connection on to access those tracks. When you reconnect, the online pages are automatically refreshed.

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Have a look at the changelog:

  • When you are offline , it is easier to see what’s playable . When you are connected again , online pages are automatically refreshed

  • Please note that not all features are available in all markets

With Groove, Microsoft stated “not all features are available in all markets,” so don’t worry if there are some features not working perfectly on your phone. The Groove app seems to be causing bugs with some specific features and may not be functioning in some regions correctly or not at all. The latest update is released specifically to target such issues.

Just this month, Microsoft updated its Groove music app, improving the overall app performance.

  • A tweaked Seek bar: The design was modified to have the Seek bar pick up a dominant color of the currently playing song’s cover, or adding the default theme’s color if the album cover isn’t there. Also, the Seek bar is improved after continued requests to do so by users. Now, it turns slightly transparent rather than being completely opaque and reflects the color underneath (a lot like the transparent taskbar in the Windows 8).
  • Improved Explore Tab: Each music genre is now assigned a specific color. For example, Soul is gray, Jazz is blue, Pop music is black, and so on and so forth.
  • Animations: The app was tweaked to feature smoother navigation along with animations for scrolling actions in playlists, artist pages and album pages. Not much of an upgrade but contributes to an overall enhanced user experience.

The UWP for Groove was released for Xbox and as for its latest update, you can get it here. Currently, it is limited to Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring only and is on version 10.16092.1028.

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