Best alternatives to Groove Music for Windows users in 2022

Now that Groove Music has shut its doors, many faithful subscribers are wondering where now to turn for a great streaming music experience on Windows 10. Here are the best alternatives to Groove so you can get back to jammin'.

Spotify

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To make things easier for Groove users, Microsoft partnered with Spotify (opens in new tab). Up until January 31, 2018, users were able to move their Groove libraries over to Spotify to pick up essentially where they left off. Whether you made the move or not, Spotify is an excellent choice to replace Groove.

You can use Spotify for free, but you'll have to put up with ads, and you'll only be able to play pre-determined mixes. If you opt for Spotify Premium, which costs about $10 per month for one person, you won't hear any ads, you can play any track, and you can listen offline. A student plan for $5 per month and a family plan for $15 per month (up to five people) are also available. Apps are available for desktop, mobile, and Xbox, but they each require a separate download.

Pandora

While it's currently only available for U.S. customers, Pandora has about 30 million songs that are curated by 80 musicologists to deliver a listening experience that closely suits your interests. A free version of Pandora is readily available in which you can listen to ad-supported radio, but there are also paid plans. Pandora Plus costs about $5 per month (opens in new tab) for a single user, and it's basically personalized radio without any ads. You can choose up to four stations to keep for offline listening, and you can skip around and replay any songs you want.

Pandora Premium, which costs about $10 per month (opens in new tab), gets you a full gamut of features, including access to the entire music library, the ability to create playlists, offline listening, and no ads. To test out its service, Pandora offers a 30-day trial for Plus, and a 60-day trial for Premium. The best part? The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app works with Xbox, desktop, and mobile.

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Tidal

Audiophiles out there will no doubt love Tidal's high-fidelity model, which delivers music in an uncompressed format; something that seems to be disappearing in the streaming age. A HiFi subscription costs about $20 per month for a single user, plus there's a $30 family plan for five users, and there's a $10 student plan.

If you don't need HiFi and just want access to more than 46 million songs and 190,000 videos, a Premium plan costs about $10 per month, with family and student plans also available. A 30-day trial is available for all plans, so you can get a good idea whether or not Tidal is for you.

As far as using Tidal on your Windows 10 devices, there is a desktop app available for download from the Tidal website. Unfortunately, the UWP app has disappeared from the Microsoft Store.

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Apple Music

With iTunes expected to hit soon the Microsoft Store, Windows users will easily be able to take advantage of Apple Music. You can get a three-month free trial (opens in new tab) to see whether or not it's for you, over which time you'll no doubt be enticed by the 45-million-song library. If you do decide to stick around, choose from a $5 monthly student plan (opens in new tab), a $10 monthly individual plan (opens in new tab), or a $15 monthly family plan (opens in new tab), which provides music for up to six people.

Apple Music allows you to add 100,000 of your own songs to your music library for streaming at a later time, discover new music with Beats 1 radio, and share music with your friends. If you're thinking about moving to an iPhone from Windows 10 Mobile, this might just be your best choice.

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Google Play Music

Much like Apple Music is usually an iPhone user's top choice, Google Play Music is quite attractive for Android users. It boasts a collection of 40 million songs, plus you can add up to 50,000 of your own songs to the service for later streaming. There are radio stations and podcasts in the free version of the service, but paid plans offer a lot more, including unlimited playlists, mixes, and sharing.

An individual plan with all the bells and whistles costs about $10 per month (opens in new tab), plus there's a family plan for six people for about $15 per month (opens in new tab). If you'd like to test out the service, a 30-day free trial is available.

An unofficial Windows 10 app for desktop and mobile, called gPlayer, is available for about $10 (opens in new tab), plus there are a few other options in the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

See gPlayer at Microsoft Store (opens in new tab)

Deezer

Like most streaming music services, Deezer has a free listening option alongside a couple of paid plans. If you want to go free, you can listen to unlimited music on your PC, or flows and mixes on your phone, but you'll have to put up with ads and a lesser sound quality. For about $10 (opens in new tab) a month, you can get a Premium+ plan with unlimited streaming and no ads, and for about $15 (opens in new tab), you can get that same deal for up to six people.

Deezer's music library has about 43 million songs to enjoy, plus there are plenty of curated mixes and flows that suit your mood or activity. You can download to your library for offline listening, and great free apps (opens in new tab) for PC and your Windows phone bring it all together.

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Amazon Music Unlimited

It's hard to say how many songs it actually has in its library — it currently sits at "tens of millions" — but Amazon Music Unlimited is a great choice for anyone, especially if you already have a Prime plan (opens in new tab). For those already subscribing to Prime, a membership costs about $8 (opens in new tab), whereas non-Prime customers will pay about $10 (opens in new tab). There's also a family plan for up to six devices that costs about $14 (opens in new tab), and there's an Echo plan for anyone who owns a standard Echo, Dot, or Tap (opens in new tab). For about $4 (opens in new tab), you can stream unlimited, ad-free music to an Echo device, but that's it. No phone or PC. It's not the simplest pricing plan, but it works.

Free apps are available (opens in new tab) for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS, and a free 30-day trial (opens in new tab) is available if you want to test things out before committing.

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More resources

Check out these links for more info on streaming your music in the Windows ecosystem.

Updated February 5, 2018: This list has been updated to include Deezer and Amazon Music Unlimited.

Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.