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Groove Music for Windows 10 Mobile adds album art option for Now Playing screen

Groove Music for Windows 10 Mobile is receiving a rather big update, bringing the ability to toggle between artist and album art on the Now Playing screen, along with a number of tweaks to how your tracks are displayed and more.

Here's the full breakdown of what's new and changed in this rather massive update:

  • We made a significant improvement to the way we find your local music and sync your cloud music collection that makes this process much faster. This will cause a one-time rebuild of your collection when you first launch the app after this update.
  • We also simplified our logic for hiding duplicates so managing your collection is easier. We'll no longer match local MP3s to similar ones in OneDrive or your Music Pass collection.
  • To make it more clear where your music is coming from, songs are now labeled as OneDrive, Purchased, Music Pass, or Local Only. We show you these in Select Mode (long-press, then Select) to catch you when you need them most.
  • We also added the ability for you to see the full set of details on any track with long-press, then Properties.
  • We brought back autosuggest when searching in the app and the ability to see everything you've searched for since you launched the app.
  • We heard your feedback about the ability to see album art in Now Playing so we added a toggle in Now Playing to allow you to choose either album art or artist art.
  • We added the ability to sort albums by release year.
  • We made playlist editing easier - you can now select multiple items in a playlist and drag them to another spot in the playlist.
  • We added better scaling so that images look better on larger devices.
  • We added the explicit tag to the list of songs in Now Playing so that it's easier to see when a song in your queue isn't playable because it's explicit.
  • We also updated a few things so that the app works better on Continuum:
  • Playback will continue even if the screen locks when using Continuum.
  • We've continued to improve layouts of Groove at high resolution (ex: Explore Galleries & Search Results) We fixed a number of reliability issues – including the one that temporarily required us to disable 'sticky pivots'. With this release we will once again remember what you were doing last and bring you back to the right place the next time you launch Groove.

To get in on all of the new features tagging along in the latest update to Groove Music on Windows 10 Mobile, be sure to grab the update from the Windows Store at the link below. Also be sure to let us know what your favorite new feature is in the comments!

Thanks for the tip, Marco!

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

287 Comments
  • Excellent. Keep the updates coming.
  • Word. And I've been waiting for his one in particular.
  • me too, this app is probably the best app on w10m. Im waiting for the messaging app to become functional and fully featured like Groove has...
  • It's finally gotten pretty nice. Definitely come looooong way since Xbox Music on 8.1!
  • Yep. When I am trying to explain to people how amazing UWP apps are, this is the app that i cite. Its the post child for viewstates and triggers. So clean, so modern. This sort of app that makes me feel ill looking at OSX and all its skewmorphic nonsense :/ If Microsoft could just add curated playlists like Spotify, I would just ditch Spotify and Apple Music all together and never go back. Radio algorithm just doesn't cut it.  
  • skeuomorphic
  • Is it just me or others are also facing problem regarding the absent music meta-data, downloaded my whole collection from mix radio, now all other music app show those data accurately, but groove music is unable to read that i guess, and brings every album or artist under the category of "unknown"
  • Yeah all my global underground won't show up and all other albums do, but get this! They do all show up it I restore from certain backups, it's melting my brain!!
  • How to Edit meta data?any app for it?
  • Theres no app for the phone but you can download AudioShell for PC and edit all your files from it.I use it all the time, it works really well.  
  • Or MP3tag.
  • Or Tagscanner, another good one.
  • Yeah there is an excellent app for editing metadata on windows phone. The app is Tag Editor
  • Thank you! Tag Editor is exactly what I was looking for.
  • You can edit many tags for a file using the Properties dialog. (Right-click/tap-hold -> Properties in Windows Explorer/File Explorer)
  • This is true. However it is often slow and cumbersome to right click > properties and edit each file individually. If you want to be able to batch tag many files at once, I would recommend software like Tagscanner or MP3Tag.
  • Excellent yeah. Except that my Playlists are gone (-_-) and they also removed the What's new section.
  • Groove music is really good. I play music about 90% of the day (cos I play when I working, when I'm driving and when I'm sleeping). I have about all the reasonable music apps on windows 10, but groove has managed to beat them all. I would suggest the ability to map which folder I want the app to pick music from rather than picking anything mp3, (even those stored away in my document folder). Also, if I pick a song for a playlist multiple times, the app should recognize that I had picked that track before. One more thing... The shuffle all tracks feature seems to love some artists mores than others, eve when I activate random play, I never get to hear some artists. I have about 15000 songs.
    Groove music should also suggest similar artists. Well i've given MS these feedbacks before in the forum.
  • About the shuffle, are you using 'shuffle all' or the shuffle button. The only time all the songs appear in the playlist is when you tap 'shuffle all' at the top of the songs list.
  • Forget Shuffle, I wanna know how he sleeps with music playing in his ears :)
  • "This will cause a one-time rebuild of your collection when you first launch the app after this update." Happend to me as well - just wated and it sorted it self out.
  • The songs did refresh, no issue with that. But all of my custom playlists are gone. I have to create them again selecting songs one by one. Meh. No option left. Groove should backup the playlists to OneDrive with phone backup at least.
  • My playlists all gone too, :( but I like the way the app is now rendered on my 1520 (I scaled my display down to minimal size) . @colinkiama I "shuffle all" , even though I see all the tracks in the list, the app seems to play some artists more often, and never plays others.
  • Been playing with this update for a while, it's VERY nice! Lots of UI changes, library population is really quick now, and gosh I've been wanting that album art change for a long time now.
    The UI changes are minor but Imo make skimming large playlists much nicer. Haven't had a chance to see what's different on Continuum. Headed there next!
  • The scrolling is so much smoother now too.
  • It is smoother, a welcome improvement!
  • Swiping from the left edge brings the menu! Finally!!!
  • Yeah! This should be uniform across the OS.
  • This should be really part of UWP when implementing Hamburger menu. I don't know why Microsoft even overlooked this gesture when Android had this for years and it was doing well with it. I used to remember on Android not having it and it was equally horrible to use Hamburger, though not that too horrible since phones during those times are smaller so the buttons are easier to reach. Still the Groove Music Hamburger gesture is far from perfect or even good. It works but its clunky when opening it, the animation is simply bad.
  • Wow, thats BIG. Why wasn't that highlighted. This one is for all the hamburger haters :)  
  • It was... Several updates ago when it was added
  • Great update! Still looking forward to future updates that let you stream FLAC music from OneDrive & remote-control Groove on your PC using your phone!
  • I think your second request won't happen until Redstone is done.
  • Isn't that what remote desktop is for and continuum
  • No mention of the Shuttle not working properly..it just goes from A to Z. Downloading to see if it's fixed. 
      EDIT: Shuttle still not working properly unless you use the Shuttle All feature. 
  • This.
  • NASA retired the Shuttle program.
  • Yeah I wasn't sure what he meant at first.
  • Lol even me
  • Lol
  • It's a bug. Don't tap on the actual letter...tap the empty space to the right of the letter in the list. It will jump you to the shuttle
  • Nice
  • I'm not in W10 yet, so how does the Now Playing screen look like now?
  • You can see the high resolution album art in now playing screen of music app right? And depending on where you live, a faded background pic of artist. Well, say good bye to that. Now, muricans and other people who microsoft thinks loves them with market share the size of error margins, get a huge artist screen, and now an option to have album art too. While the majority of W10M lovers in the world has to live with a basic album art which is compressed to feature phone screen resolution and displayed like it was in the washing machine twice. ☺
  • Similar to the screenshot above the article. On some devices the album art may not fill the whole width of the screen, leaving blank bars left and right. The new update gave a user an option to choose between Artist Image (if available) or Album Art, unlike Windows Phone in the past though the Groove Music for some reason by design it doesn't show both Album Art and Artist Image at the same time. Since the Groove Music in W10M, it only shows album art if the artist image isn't present (which always rely to the internet, the app never stored the image). So if you have a track that has proper metadata (names, artist, etc) that matched from Groove Music Store, it will show Artist image 'only'. Also if you happen to be offline, it also won't show artist image even that track should have one. Its still a back-end flaw in Groove Music that it doesn't store Artist image (and some other things), only cached temporarily which means it always have to fetch that image from the internet everytime you play it and if the app hasn't been closed. Again difference from Windows Phone in the past where the artist image and other info (such as Artist Bio which is still not present in Groove Music) are stored offline.
  • Artist bio has worked for me for a long time maybe not offline but It works
  • It doesn't work anymore. The menu to access the Bio (which is still a bad implementation) is gone despite I got the artist photo and connected to the internet, with a WIFI stable and fast connection. I know it used to be there. So the implementation of Artist Bio in Groove is bad and clunky. Also way of accessing isn't obvious, so I won't be surprise of alot of people don't even know it even exist. They really should just reimplement pivot control to access Bio and Related Artist. It's obvious that way and the same time it doesn't get it a way. Also it make use of the space available for content, instead of this bad implementation in the small tooltip. Not everybody have good vision nowadays.
  • I wonder if it addresses the metadata through bluetooth. Right now it only shows the song tile.
  • Dude that's been fixed like 3 updates ago lol... it's been showing song title, artist and album title for some time now.
  • it still adds WhatsApp audio and other sound files that are NOT in the music folder to the song list, and than it shows up when I shuffle all
  • Weird mine doesn't do that.  Did you set your WhatsApp settings to save those to the Music folder?  By default it saves everything to a WhatsApp folder.
  • there is no such option in whatsapp, the audio files are in SD>Pictures>Whatsapp and I can guarantee they show up the the song list in Groove
  • How can I set WhatsApp to use SD? Currently, it is saving all the media files to my internal memory and I am moving them manually.
  • I'm not sure, I can't find an option in the settings but I'm positive that all my whatsapp pictures and audios are in the SD. maybe it follows the system settings in Windows 10 mobile.
  • Simply direct Pictures to the SD card. Whatsapp pictures are in a separate folder inside Pictures.
  • Mine shows a few ringtones that are not in the music folder. I do I get them to stop showing in Groove?
  • It happens when you use an sd card. It takes all audios on sd card and just audio from the music folder on the local drive.
  • it shouldn't, music should be restricted to music folder or give you the options to choose the folders. it's like the photos app that keeps shoving non-photo images from all around my device in the live tile, even BS people send me. that was clearly not well thought.
  • Well now all FLAC files, (which is nearly my entire library,) show "unknown artist" in the album view and now-playing screen, though they're correctly organized by artist so it at least still knows what's what. It's nice to see higher-resolution album artwork in the navigation but it's still pixellated in now-playing, (at least on my 1520.)   Great update all around though. I like the cleaned up design. Also doesn't delete extra tracks from the card with albums over 80 tracks, like the recently released Star Wars collection.
  • Also, you're still unable to stream FLAC files from OneDrive.
  • When the files in unknown artist, I keep the unknown artist section open for a minute or two and they all started reorganizing into the proper artist section. I do not know if the files are flac or another format. So you may have a different problem but that solved it for me.
  • Awesome
  • It's very nice, but I'm still waiting for my two features I've requested: The option to add album art and to rip CDs in Groove instead of WMP.
  • Add or edit album art! My gawd me too
  • I mid the MPATool app from early WP8 that let you add artist and album art.
  • CD capability for Groove Music desktop is still a long-overdue feature that still not yet implemented. Looks like it will be a long way before WMP can really retire as its still got alot of features that Groove don't have. Not to mention it's reliable to use.
  • Speak for yourself. WMP often hangs for me in windows10. Even on clean install.
  • It doesn't in my case. It could be really the Windows 10 underlying issue that cause some things to misbehave. Heck Groove Music on mine sometimes crash which is really the issue with runtime related to Universal Apps in Windows 10. Making them freeze unless I restarted the Runtime Broker, making the apps responsive again.
     
  • About fyking time! Now if Groove can have ID3 tag/ metafile editing I won't complain anymore
  • Does groove music now allow you to play your old music files via cloud to another windows device your logged into?
  • if it in onedrive yes
  • Windows Central is like my app updates notifications center.
  • Only problem is windows central won't update their own app p
  • Be patient, Daniel tweeted it's coming soon.
  • Yeah, Daniel said the new app would hit beta in 7-10 says, like, a month ago, I believe.
  • Lol! It looked like his tweet was serious tho. ☺
  • Can't wait for the April 1st tweet =) Posted from my Note 5
  • Soon LOL!!
  • I'm looking forward to the "no longer crashes on load" update.
  • It's fixed!  At least for me :)
  • It doesn't crash on mine recently but I do hope that Groove Music will reach the stability and reliability at least on-par with WP8 Music+Videos.
     
  • FINALLY
  • Wonder if the Bluetooth will completely crap out still when Groove is running the same time Maps is giving directions. That has been ******* me off more than anything. I mean who wants to get directions while playing music without the music skipping or directions pausing for 30 seconds? ?
  • Weird mine works fine on my 640 XL.  I wish the music faded out instead of suddenly stopped though.  Your issue sounds more like a firmware issue.
  • I've had this issue in every build on my 1520
  • Never had the issue mine just pauses all the time especially in smaller neighborhoods where street names change every few minutes
  • I have bneen having this discussion with someone from MS who is involved with maps on Reddit. Including having an Audiobook/Music toggle so it will fade and give directions while playing music and stop if playing an audiobook.
  • Added this feedback Windows-Feedback:?contextid=293&feedbackid=db471ecf-f373-4bfe-a1b0-3647e4a77015&form=1&src=2
  • Yes, this would be nice!
  • Dude refused rules
  • Adds album art. Oooh, welcome to 2009, Microsoft!
  • Ah yes, mobile payments in 2018 boys! Posted from my Note 5
  • )
  • Album art is been there in Groove Music, the problem is that they designed only to show Artist image if availble or else its an Album Art.
    I still don't get it why they ditched the WP8 Now Playing screen layout which was a virtually a well balanced approached to show both Album Art and Artist Images (which can be customizable with 3rd-party tool called MPATool), user can always have album art even artist image is present.
  • Link please can't find it
  • These are some of the WP8 Now Playing screen I can find. http://www.windowscentral.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/larger/pu... https://i.ytimg.com/vi/FSkSuLkowrk/maxresdefault.jpg http://www.windowscentral.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/pub... MPATool still exist: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co... Also while looking for the images, I just found the old WPCentral article about the Heart system that has been abadoned pretty mch during WP8 days. Together with SmartDJ that seems one of the examples of Microsoft long history of ditiching good ideas instead of improving them.
  • So a useful link is bad now...
  • I guess I'm the only one who likes Artist Art instead.  It would be cool if they can implement an Artist Art slideshow like they do in the Groove for Windows 10 Desktop app.
  • I do like Artist art too! The problem is that they designed the Now Playing in Groove Music to have either Album Art or Artist Art, not both. This cause issues to the users where it doesn't show album art at all bacause artist image is present. WP8 Now Playing screen was way much better since it both shows album and artist art with next track as a bonus in much nicer and cleaner layout. It wasn't perfect but it can be enhanced from there. Like moving those playback buttons down, a functional and larger seek bar. For me it would be nice to have Groove Music similar to this. http://i.imgur.com/eGisw2w.jpg Artist Art slideshow would be indeed a nice to have one, at least its going to feel like Zune partially. Still it would be nice to have an optional Zune-ish animation.
  • Yea I miss the Zune screensaver fav feature they had an app that used on wp8 but I wish it had option to have the desktop now playing at least allow it on continuum like it is on Xbox one
  • The screensaver would be make more sense, just like the good-old Zune software. Even for Xbox One, I would love to have it back while playing music!!! I don't why this still not a possibility. It was praised back then about that Zune animations. Too bad everybody thinks Zune is total failure, so does the great ideas went down in a sink with it.
  • Have to careful with features like that. Most desktops have a fixed ISP with significant data allowance, if not unlimited. Adding the data draw associated with slideshows on what very possibly is a capped cell data plan can be hard on folks. They need to get better at allocating data over WiFi vs cell and better controls for me to make those decisions. Where is the 'only stream music/video/slidshow over wifi' in settings? W10M already uses way more data than WP8 ever did. I've got plenty, but not everyone does.
  • This is why having an option to turn off is always been a good idea. Option to not download it over cellular network and turn off the dynamic slideshows. Also it can reduced its usage by caching and storing those images offline, so everytime you replay the same artist, those images will be simply read from the device, no need to redownload from the internet which is inefficient. The animations and text are simply generated by the app, so there's no data usage with that.   The problem with current Groove for what I observed is that the artist image are temporary. They tend to lost after restart even its been previously loaded before.
  • Seriously great update day! Groove, Dropbox, Mail & Calendar and several more! Woot!
  • Wow amazing update!  The other teams need to take note on how to do updates... proper changelogs, big updates, Windows first. :-)
    ​The app is really amazing now.  I hope they add an option to show BOTH the artist photo and album art (like Zune did).  That'd be cool! :D    
  • I think it depends on Satya needs. He probably don't listen to music much on his iPhone Pro
  • Yeah, at least we need similar layout from WP8 Music + Videos Hub (not the Xbox Music of WP8.1 which I still find it horrible). It was almost perfect, only needs certain functionality like a proper seekbar and buttons at the bottom. The layout from WP8 was almost perfect except for fewer issues, it was balanced and clean.
  • Is there any way to add artist image?
  • Nope, they still refuse to have that feature. Its been long requested one that MPATool is no longer can change artist image since WP8.1 ridiculous Xbox Music app. So expect no artist images when that artist is not available on Groove Music database, and even its present some still don't have one.
  • It would look grt if there was an artist image behind album art..
  • Yeah, it is. It will be a balanced and better approach. It works well before during Zune and Xbox Music+Video days of Windows Phone. The layout was almost perfect that way, it even got next track information at the bottom, a feature that isn't even much present to any music player app I've ever encountered even when I was a primarily an Android user back in a day. Here are some of the images from WP8 that I found, kind of rarity these days.
    http://www.windowscentral.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/larger/pu... https://i.ytimg.com/vi/FSkSuLkowrk/maxresdefault.jpg http://www.windowscentral.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/pub... I wish that Groove Music will turn out closely like this soon. http://i.imgur.com/eGisw2w.jpg  
  • When can we edit/update metadata in groove music app?
  • yesss
  • Now Playing screen with Album art is still kind of pixelated, in my 925
  • They're only at 2009. Give them another year and several updates.
  • For a moment i thought they finally added lockscreen artist image support :\ Anyways, i dont see any toggle for songs, like mentioned in the changelog. Although all my album art show up like it always used to.
  • That's what I think as well
  • Thanks a lot for this! I use this app everyday.
  • Since you use it everyday and I only use it a couple times a month I was wondering... Is there a way to access the equalizer from within the app? The burger dot about the explicit content. Does Groove automatically not play explicit content or is there a toggle somewhere to permit or deny playback in the app I can't seem to find? Or is there a toggle in account management?
  • Now we need to have album art on the lock screen.
  • How? How you do that?
  • Is that you, Gabe Aul?
  • They still even not restored the Artist image on the lockscreen. Looks like we need an OS update for that since its really the OS that handles it which wasn't present in current build of W10M.
  • Nice, was wondering why the app kept going to albums when I opened it
  • That was one frustrating thing
  • Still does for me... Annoying!!!
  • Go to sngs and kill the app.. It wont now
  • Hey friends. Has anyone else's Groove Music hamburger menu changed to the one in the first picture of the post? The Groove Music apps menu in my Lumia 950 XL is the same as before the update but I really like the menu in Windows Central's screen shot.
  • Wait, how is it different?
  • Hey there. The menu list for my groove music app is: Recent plays, Albums, Artists, Songs, Playlists, Now playing. The picture in the post though has sort by and genre and other options that don't show in my app. Is yours like the picture?
  • It has changed as you said, I couldn't notice iti n the picture myself, but you are right about it, sort of. The menu is the same as ever, but that new menu is the filter menu, which shows up while looking at music. In the past, I think you just had the option to select the music location from the top of the music list. Now, it's a pop-out menu of filters.
  • The menu is the same. The one shown in the screen shot is from the Refine Filter thing on top of the app, beside the hamburger menu. Tapping that opens the menu as shown in the screen shot above.  
  • Even as individual developer I can achive this type of small milestones in days, I still wonder what all those falks at microsoft does all the time 
  • Your apps probably suck.
  • Iyae, you suck.
  • Probably don't suck per se. But definitely full of grammar and spelling errors.
  • Hey guys m not able to share songs via groove music can anyone help...
  • Use file explorer.
  • Use file explorer. Then Share the songs that you want to share  
  • And the people rejoiced!
  • Yawn, call me when the lockscreen support from 3 years ago returns, along with Song view while looking at a specific artist. Still the worst music player I've used in the past 3 years.
  • Lol
  • Agree
  • What makes it the worst music player? I guess they are focusing on features that people really want first since the other 132 comments seem to be happy about this update.
  • The menu is an ergonommic/logical disaster. Why, when most of the world is right-handed, would you put the button in the place hardest to reach with one's right hand? My hands are small, though they're not large. On my 950, it's annoying to use Groove with my right hand because of the terrible menu placement. Also, remember I'm putting this up against all of its predecessors. The gesture-based navigation was significantly better. It's why the preferred manner of navigation for me, viewing an artist's list of songs, disappeared. That still irritates the hck out of me, because listening to music has gotten worse without it. I don't get to choose the first song I listen to (as I did before), unless I do some annoying thing where I start a random playlist, choose the song I want, then reshuffle it. That's highly inefficient. This app is also the slowest and shallowest player, for me. I never liked or used OneDrive storage for my music, so its addition means nothing to me. Uncoupling it from the OS allowed it to be updated more frequently, but took several features away in the process, some of which we've yet to get back. 3 years ago, I could set my lockscreen to the Now Playing artist whenever I had music on. If I wasn't listening to music, it had my default image. We can't do that now. Their API changes also rendered Scrobble.Me and MPATool useless, so I can no longer record my music plays to Last.FM, and I cannot use MPATool to fill in missing album art or to add artist art to the not-insignificant number of artists in my library that Groove Music doesn't have an image for. It's also just slower at basic stuff. The re-reading of music (which my phone had to do for this update) is insanely slow, compared to what it was when WP8 launched. It's better when the initial change started, but it's still annoying to see it take 5 minutes for my library to re-scan, maybe more, and seeing a newly added album not show up for a few minutes when you're trying to leave the house and listen to it sucks. Oh, and don't forget that movies and music were in one app before. Now, they're two separate apps in the app list, and despite being uncoupled from the OS for the sake of updates, neither can be uninstalled (and don't get me started on all of the "system" apps for W10M that I'd like to uninstall, because there are about 10). This app really has come a long way since they initially took it out of the OS to spped updates along. They just neutered the thing so badly at first that the improvements are mostly just making it less slow (it used to be legitiamtely fast) and putting back some features (but not others). People here are happy because it's being improved, not because it's better than we've ever had. Most on here would likely agree that Zune on WP7 and Xbox Music at the launch of WP8 were simply better versions of what we have now.
  • Shut the **** up. Noone cares.
  • You ACTUALLY responded to my answering someone's question by saying no one cares? Not only do you obviously care with your vitriol and comment, but I was literally answering someone who asked me to explain myself, so he obviously cared as well. Feel free to reassess what the meaning of your comment was, because it clearly wasn't what the words spewed indicate. It more sounds like, "I'm a very angry person,. I disagree with you, and I cannot make it throughout the day without gratuitous cursing, probably because I'm not mature enough to have a civil conversation."
  • "The menu is an ergonommic/logical disaster. Why, when most of the world is right-handed, would you put the button in the place hardest to reach with one's right hand? My hands are small, though they're not large. On my 950, it's annoying to use Groove with my right hand because of the terrible menu placement. Also, remember I'm putting this up against all of its predecessors." Ah, gotcha. Yeah, I have no idea why all platforms put the hamburger menu on the left side instead of the right. I'm thinkful for the one-handed mode that is on my XL to reach these menus with just a straight thumb. Then the button on the left sense makes more since I don't have to curb my thumb to reach it like I would have to if it was on the right side. "The gesture-based navigation was significantly better. It's why the preferred manner of navigation for me, viewing an artist's list of songs, disappeared. That still irritates the hck out of me, because listening to music has gotten worse without it. I don't get to choose the first song I listen to (as I did before), unless I do some annoying thing where I start a random playlist, choose the song I want, then reshuffle it. That's highly inefficient." I don't have this problem, but I hardly ever used the gesture-based navigation either so my usage patterns haven't changed much from before. I can understand you being annoyed when the interaction model you are used to changes. "This app is also the slowest and shallowest player, for me. I never liked or used OneDrive storage for my music, so its addition means nothing to me. Uncoupling it from the OS allowed it to be updated more frequently, but took several features away in the process, some of which we've yet to get back. 3 years ago, I could set my lockscreen to the Now Playing artist whenever I had music on. If I wasn't listening to music, it had my default image. We can't do that now. Their API changes also rendered Scrobble.Me and MPATool useless, so I can no longer record my music plays to Last.FM, and I cannot use MPATool to fill in missing album art or to add artist art to the not-insignificant number of artists in my library that Groove Music doesn't have an image for." I find the music player to be perfectly smooth and not at all slow for me on my XL, granted I don't have much music on it since I mostly use the "radio" function to find similar songs to my favorite artists and then save these as playlists. "It's also just slower at basic stuff. The re-reading of music (which my phone had to do for this update) is insanely slow, compared to what it was when WP8 launched. It's better when the initial change started, but it's still annoying to see it take 5 minutes for my library to re-scan, maybe more, and seeing a newly added album not show up for a few minutes when you're trying to leave the house and listen to it sucks. Oh, and don't forget that movies and music were in one app before. Now, they're two separate apps in the app list, and despite being uncoupled from the OS for the sake of updates, neither can be uninstalled (and don't get me started on all of the "system" apps for W10M that I'd like to uninstall, because there are about 10)."   I haven't had a re-reading of the music library before since my first install, but I remember this taking hours on my old Android-phone and it being done almost every other time I started the phone or adding a single song could start a complete re-read of my entire library. I also prefer having my music and video apps decoupled to make them as smooth as possible. I don't want my video-app to scan all my videos when all I want to do is listen to music. "This app really has come a long way since they initially took it out of the OS to spped updates along. They just neutered the thing so badly at first that the improvements are mostly just making it less slow (it used to be legitiamtely fast) and putting back some features (but not others). People here are happy because it's being improved, not because it's better than we've ever had. Most on here would likely agree that Zune on WP7 and Xbox Music at the launch of WP8 were simply better versions of what we have now." I'm sure they will add everything back that you are missing. :) I think it is a lot better than the WP-versions. :)
  • Ok, you made some valid points, but I have to admit... Windows isn't getting better... They are simply fixing issues they had years ago. About the menu on the left... Every software has menu on the left, and remember they are making their apps universal. All apps features are identical on all platform. Imagine using groove music on you laptop and you had to click on the right for the menu. It would seem illogical. I do miss zune music, those were the glory days, but adding music back then was "Zune exclusive". I like the fact that music send by Bluetooth shows in music player, music dragged to the device simply add to the music player. So yeah, its not the best, but they are fixing what they had (and trying to get up-to-date... Which they are clearly behind time)....
  • I have already won...just got mail from mobile nations displaying that your 950 xl is on the way :P ​
  • Can we select multiple songs n send them via Bluetooth to other devices directly from groove music?
  • Well, you could use File Explorer to do that...
  • Is that legal?
  • A big thanks to Groove team for making it better day by day. I find Groove the best part of W10M. Special thanks for year support.
  • Here here!!
  • Hi how to share songs in groove music.....plz help...it says not in groove catalogue cant share.
  • Now I'm only missing the social playlist sharing and browse features of Spotify and I'm ready to switch
  • I wish we could edit songs details... Still trying to understand the album art change update
  • Updates are good. Keep them coming. And Messaging please!!
  • These are all nice additions.  Hopefully the first bullet point addressed the well reported issue of Groove mobile failing to interrogate changes to the file system on extra large local collections stored internally or on SD cards.  Once the database gets damaged and it stops showing the 'adding music' you never get that functionality back unless you do a hard reset since you can't uninstall the app.  We had also asked for a reset database option like WMP has if things really go south.
  • does this update fixes that flickering music name bug on lockscreen? that is too annoying.
  • The Music control toast is really the OS issue in this case. It also happens to my other 3rd-party music player that I have. The issue is still present and cannot be fixed by Groove team. W10M team has to fix this!
  • Has anyone reported this? Microsoft needs to know about it!
  • Alot of people already submitted this on the Feedback app, though for some reason its only been a trend lately even though the issue exist since the early days of W10M Preview.  
  • I really hate that bug
  • Can I scream?!!!
  • Well finally, at least there is an option! Though, I would still prefer to have similar to WP8 layout for Groove Music, instead of big Album Art which covers the artist image in the background as a compromise. The WP8 Music+Videos Hub Now Playing screen was a perfect balance to show Album Art, Artist Image, Full music info and it even shows the next track as a bonus. It was almost perfect except for Playlist.
     
  • Error on install and can't uninstall now.
  • Nice update for sure, but still a disaster in landscape (but so is maps). Maybe this is up for the next round of fixes. Really need shuffle and repeat options in landscape view.
  • Does Cortana finally recognize my locally stored music and playlists and play them on command?
  • Nope, still broke.....
  • Works fine for me.
  • Best
  • 90% of my onedrive music is not syncing. Smh
  • I just spent days in support because I wasn't able to download songs on my device anymore when I tried to remove the device it was telling me to wait 2.9 million days. This didn't seem to raise a flag to anyone in support and just kept trying to blame my device. Which I hard reset with and without backup. I had everything from people in support telling me that I needed to upgrade to Windows 10 and they themselves stopped using the service because of this transition. I was bounced back and forth between 7 different people in support. Even called and requested a supervisor still not happily resolved. But the issue has fixed itself.
  • so i wasn't the only one, had the same issue in wp8.1, and windows 10 on my pc. my account only showed my phone, and later the whole page wasn't available, i guess an issue on their side. got back into insider builds on my phone and i could download again on both devices.
    as for the 2.9 million days, i guess that's a typo or something, i think it calculates the remaining days as a floating integer, and rounds it down to complete days usually
  • Wish I had Windows 10 Mobile on my Lumia 925. Waiting for the Lumia 950XL to come down to a more reasonable price like $399 before I step up. Or Surface Phone. We'll see.
  • Always nice to see updates to core apps, but... 1) Still no artist art, 2)Album art is pixilated on Now playing, 3) Still defaults to listing music by Album, and 4) Still ridiculously small letters in the headers, even if sensitivity has been improved.
    And my albums have always sorted by year, nothing new...
  • Great!
  • This may sound like a broken record. But, Microsoft needs to bring their core services (Music, Cortana, Bing, etc.) to more regions. I understand it's tricky for Music (legal stuff), but for the others I feel like they are either moving too slow or not serious enough.
  • Now all my album arts are gone :'(
  • And in all of these update still there's no album art on the lock screen while playing which is a shame, it seem like the most difficult task for grove team to implement or the OS has not yet enabled that option for them to do so
  • I think they are waiting to test out on the pc
  • I think they are waiting for new API that would come with a new lock screen update. Hopefully they would us interactions on lock screen in the Redstone update.
  • At that time, we will have interactive tiles as well ;) or may be exploding tiles ..cough..McLaren ;)
  • Thanks you MS! I love the music app.
  • Now we are talking... :D
  • The album art's quality is still really bad
  • For some albums ...yes... But i think you should blame the meta data.. Not the app
  • I added my album art myself, and know it to be of adequate quality, meaning that Groove must be actively reducing the resolution displayed...
  • "We added the ability to sort albums by release year" I was so excited to see this, then I realized it's not what I thought it was. I want to be able to sort by artist, then choose an artist and be able to change the sorting of albums by release year from acending to decending or visa versa. Right now it automatically goes from oldest to newest, I would rather have it go newest to oldest. I usually want to here the newest album from a band. It's not the end of the world, I still like groove music a lot better than any other music app, except zune of course. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Love the update but my main problem with the app wasn't fixed. The flickering of the the title when skipping to the next song. Gave feedback multiply times
  • That's an OS issue, so it won't be fixed in a groove update. Other music playing apps have the same problem when skipping songs in the system volume dialog.
  • Yup
  • No update here.
  • There is no benefits of album art on Lumia 630!
  • Switch to L650 ;)
  • Donate me some money ;)
  • Great update, but goddammit I think it killed some metadata. Metadata has to be 100% precise now for some reason, otherwise it shows 'Unknown Artist." 
  • metadata is broekn, I have 2 artists that actually show up and none of my streaming music is showing. rebuilt the whole phone (again) to try and fix it still broken, this is an absolute mess.  waiting for a call from ms this is just stupid.
  • Really great and amazing update for us!
  • Auto Playlist? Metadata edit? No!? Okay, back to good old Windows Media Player.
  • Err.. Can't back to Artist Art!!!
  • Me too I can't find the toggle... I prefer the artist art
  • How to rename songs' in the groove app?
  • I think you got to edit it in the file explorer
  • Still the songs downloaded from Nokia music are listed under unknown album. Quit frustrating and irritating.
  • So nice
  • Can we have a "download with music pass" button as well as the "listen with music pass" button in store please!
  • Since the update all of my Local music is labelled as 'Unknown Artist'. It looks like I need to re-tag all of my music files again. Yay.
  • Same here... And some of the songs are showing wrong artist picture .
  • This has been my biggest bother all along in my life as a windows 10 mobile beta tester
  • Shame Properties doesn't show encoding, like MP3/FLAC
  • Hopefully that duplicates fix is coming to Groove PC too. Been a huge issue for me
  • Duplicate songs issue resolved.... Shuffle works better than before.... Even though it's preview OS it works almost like a final build on my Lumia 730...
  • Ok, why do I have a heap of 'Unknown Artists' now??? Will it sort them out via metadata? Not good if not.
  • The tracks are required to have the artist name in the 'Album Artist' field within the tag. The update ignores the 'Artist' field for the new database...
  • all this is great, but i really want the ability to play a song/album/artist using Cortana, as was there in WP8.1.
    why do they always have to scrap off good features?
  • Holy crap, awesome update! Now where is that "Windows Phone is not dead" article on iVerge... Oh yeah I forgot. Over iVerge's dead body.
  • Groove music in theory for Lumia 520 users.
  • What the hell is wrong with MS, this update killed the volume of Groove Music, the songs play like whispers. Can someone compare the sound quality with Mix Radio please
  • I noticed, I played my favourite song and it sounded like **** even at a volume of 20/30
  • I want player controls on the lockscreen! Right now the popup disappears way to fast and the buttons are to small.
  • Fantastic
  • The animation when we swipe and open the hamburger menu is still glitchy... Needs polish...
    New features are welcome.. But it needs polish.. I need a smooth experience.. Looking forward for coming updates...
  • Hope this fixes my problem that my playlists won't sync to my PC and laptop but show up in the web player
  • Now the photos app needs to have more options. It needs a huge update too.
  • Its raining app updates?
  • That's great. I wish if we could have "DLNA/Play To" feature as well as soon as possible. It was available in Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 but it's not brough in to the new platform. https://groove.uservoice.com/forums/209733-microsoft-groove-feature-sugg...
  • I need it too ! Bring back "DLNA/Play To" to Groove !!!
  • Grove and Movies & Tv apps are confused about SD card
  • Woke up to find half my music gone
  • Same here.
     
  • Why is there such a difference between Groove app for Windows 10 desktop and Mobile ? In the desktop version, we are still waiting for features which are available in the mobile version (gapless playback, ...). I'm still waiting for "DLNA/Play to/Cast to" in Groove : https://groove.uservoice.com/forums/209733-microsoft-groove-feature-suggestions/suggestions/9079087-groove-music-application-playto-and-dlna-support​
  • Since it's introduction and all relevant updates, Groove music has arguably been one of the better streaming music services, why then with this update does it feel the need to download every single track I have in my music library? It's never had to do this before with any previous update....
  • They have changed the way the tracks are databased, requiring a full re-scan and sync.
  • One of the newly added features listed was... 'selecting multiple items in a playlist and dragging them to another spot in the playlist' I can select the song but I can't seem to drag it to another spot in the playlist. Anyone figured out how to do this?
  • Groove need to be like pandora one free and other Premium
  • Yeah that would have been a nice feature if it would actually recognize album artwork of local files in the first place. Folder.jpg files are perfectly recognized by other music players and occasionally, even that fubar Xbox Music app would recognize them. But Groove refuses. What a mess.
  • Still pretty awful tho. Flickering when changing tracks in volume menu, any command from Cortana gives black screen, loading circle and ages to do anything, and if you touch the phone during that time - better restart the phone, cause sound is screwed... Update killed most of the album art I had. The quick selection letters are tiny and too close to artists/albums, so when you try to press it to get to the alphabet selection, 80% chance you will start the music instead. And its on 1520, I guess on smaller phones one has to have needle fingers to operate this.
  • They should learn from the developer of loco music player in all aspects of making a powerful music player......
    But they have prestige!! Lol!
  • what about finding album art that groove on pc finds but not the phone
  • wish the messaging could read all my contacts even those on sim card
  • Use musicus player.1000 times better than groove
  • Yeah I agree with you but loco music player is more better than musicus.....you can try it
  • IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!
  • Well my 950 and 950xl now won't synchronises any music at all.
  • same here
  • Greetings from Portugal
  • It's not the Eurovision Song Contest :-o
  • What a pile of crap, it just rebuilt my music library listing virtually everything under "unknown artist"
  • This is a really impressive update. Well done Groove team. I hope you fixed a lot of bugs and performance issues as well.
  • Ok.. This is bad... I did the update and the app is smooth but now its not detecting any of my music on the sd card.... Any1 else having the same issues... Plz help
  • Wait for it or reboot it
  • If only it could find the album art lol
  • Anybody noticed that the "Select All" button next to the search is gone? Or is it only me?
    Quite confused how I should quickly select multiple songs to add to my playlist now.
  • Tap on any song of album for seconds' you'll see select option, then you can select different songs. :)
  • Songs that start with special characters finally sort correctly!
  • Never mind... Still doesn't sort correctly...
  • i never used groove, but i just use it when i read this, but i cant see explicit label on my songs, is this just a bug or groove cannot show itunes purchased songs explicit label??
  • That's great news. Hopefully album art on lock screen, one of these days.
  • Looks like the Groove team has been hard at work.
  • if only all stock/os apps and 1st-party services apps were this good on w10m. hell, if only all w10m was this good. groove, even if still needs improvements(or additions, better said), has become an example for the rest of apps and the os itself.
  • I love Groove Music. I prefer it over Google Play music. I even have the Groove Music Pass and I love it, I've had no problems with it. I use it the most on W10M.
  • after this update no artist art is showing up and artist bio is completely un available what happened?  how do I reinstall?
  • Excelente
  • Groove music is not working in latest windows 10 update. It jus opens and crashes
  • Great, alot of my music files in my playlist give now the message: Need a groove music pass bla bla bla. Going back to ipod bye bye MS.
  • They weren't joking about the rebuild, not only did the app re-add all songs to the library, my whole collection is now being downloaded again, but it must be overwriting songs because there is no way I can fit my 5000+ songs collection time on the SD card twice. Perhaps changes to DRM? I wouldn't mind but Groove doesn't do background downloads, so you can have to keep the app open and make sure the lock screen doesn't run. Which is mighty difficult when they removed the never option on the timeout options. I really hope this really a "one time" only event.
  • All artist art has vanished. The player was just about full of art prior to this update and now it's back to the drawing board. Rubbish.
  • As its rebuilt the library, it might take a while for the metadata to be downloaded again. Let it sit for a while, should correct itself.
  • Ah. Same here. It's ******* me off. It has been more than 24 hours now, all i've got is a single artist picture
  • Thanks. It's sat for 10 hours so far. Added one pic. We'll see.
  • Anyone figured out how to toggle between the artist picture or the album art yet, I can't seem to find it
  • Press the dots on the bottom right of the player
  • Cool
  • Can we get the now playing on the lock screen back? Would be nice. And weather as well?
  • Yay!, now fix the live tile so it can do something when you aren't actively listening to music and bring back all the indie artists you dropped from the catalog!
  • this update broke my app more wtf ms fix this absolute crap app
  • The last "great" update sucks. It's not possible to play my own compositions without a groove pass. 
  • Since I downloaded this update I notice that in app Volume is lower. I used to use it at level 13 whit in ear headset, now I have to raise volume up to 15-16 to get a similar experience. Did someone noticed that too?
  • It's not about the groovemusicpass, it's about broken metadata. The artist name disappeared and that's where the trouble with play lists comes from.
  • I wonder if anyone knows why Groove won't display certain album art, or what I can do to force it. I have a few thousand albums digitized, and I load all the artwork in mp3tag. Covers used to be 200x200, but lately I've been saving them at 300x300. All jpgs, sized in photoshop. 99% of them show up, but a few absolutely refuse. I've checked them in mp3tag, and the artwork is there. I've deleted the folders from Groove, added different versions of the cover art, then moved the folder(the album) back into my music folder, and it reappears with still no artwork. It's becoming very frustrating. The albums are exactly the same as every other album, there's no reason for them not to display properly, but they won't. This is in the Groove Music application on my PC with Windows 10. If I can figure this little annoyance out, I'll be quite happy with the program. Thanks.
  • can anyone tell me how to add artist art(not album art) manually in groove for wp10??  
  • How do you add album art to albums that don't have it?. This is driving me crazy trying to figure it out
  • Im still missing the option to start radio from song on mobile.... or am i missing something?
  • how do I switch between Album Art and Artist's picture in Groove Music?