Poll – Do you like the name Groove as a replacement for Xbox Music?
Today we have gone from speculation to confirmation about the name change for Xbox Music. Long rumored to be a consideration, Xbox Music is now just Groove (not Groove Music, as originally reported).
The word 'groove' has many meanings, but one of the most frequent ones is about music.
The name seems very apropos for the service. As explained earlier, Microsoft moved away from Xbox Music due to the failure of Xbox to catch on as a catchall for "Entertainment" instead of just gaming. That and the confusion amongst some novices who thought the Xbox is Xbox Music implied they needed a Xbox 360 or Xbox One console to partake.
New Name Is A Weird Name (Or Is It?)
Interestingly, Microsoft faces a few renaming issues with their new products. Whether it was Hotmail to Outlook.com or Live Mesh to SkyDrive (to OneDrive) or Internet Explore to Microsoft Edge, new names sound weird especially when they are for "old" products.
With Groove, your brain is going to have to rewire its pathways for semantic and phonological associations. This phenomenon is very different from a new service with a new designation, which gets more leeway in naming rights. That is because that thing is unfamiliar, and its odd name reflects that feeling.
Over time, we all adjust. Whether it is an iPod, an Instagram, a Facebook, or a Roku, names grow on us the longer we use them.
An extreme example of this word adjustment is semantic satiation, where you repeat a word over and over until the word temporarily loses all meaning. A lot of this effect has to do with neural pathways and frequency of usage.
My point? Before you take this poll reconsider your gut reaction to how you will feel in six months. From my experience, most of you will shift from disapproval to fondness over time. Like all things in life, you are just going to get used to it, like it or not!
Besides, it is not like Deezer, Spotify, Slacker, Tidal, or Google Play Music are all home run names either! The difference is you are just used to them by now, so they do not sound "bad". Some of you even like Zune, by far one of the oddest names to date.
You know the drill. Head to m.windowscentral.com if you are using our app or on a mobile. Otherwise, just take the survey on what you think of the new name! Repeat votes are blocked by cookie and IP to prevent inaccurate results.
We'll share the results in a few days!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
I hope you got my point. In my personal opinion, these kind of employees shouldn't work FOR MS. They should work somewhere else and develop their passion for other platforms. And may be MS should bring back, every employee must use WP policy. Then they will come across the problems a WP user faces.
And that's what most people today want. I want to listen to my music anytime, anywhere. Waiting at the doctors, travelling by train/bus, sunbathing by the lake... and I don't mind some minor quality loss, after all, we still have digital formats like .flac if I care about audio quality that much.
Something with Chirp. Anything is better than groove!
I knew that, and I don't even live in the US. Seems like a pretty good name for an OS
Running out of steam here...
As far as Daniel's arguement is concerned in favour of this wierd name, I do not find it satisfactory.
Groove sounds like ugly.
Microsoft Music would have been the best choice. Works for non English speaking users as well.
When I hear "Xbox Music", even if I perfectly know it's the Windows (phone) app that refers to my music, it seems too much "Xbox" related. Even just "Media player" is better this way. Xbox was confusing for some. Groove sounds nice, familiar, and simple!
But is Groove really easier for new users to understand than Xbox Music? Will my mother understand from the name of the Live Tile what app this is?
Groove it's not related with dance music, that's beats.
Feel the groove!
I've even gone from advocating Microsoft Music to Microsoft Groove within hours. If only someone at Microsoft marketing was reading this.
Sorry my English, but there's no semantic here... only groove.
Btw, I really like the name. :)
you don't like it, just add it to that list people!
With that being said, one thing that would have made sense and adds to what Microsoft ultimately has planned, is why they didn't just buy Nokia MixRadio. Interesting to see what is planned.
X should be the brand for entertainment in the Microsoft ecosystem (Xbox, Xmusic, Xvideo, Xgames, ...)
So, Groove it's a great name for a music service. :)
For the lords sake, keep some consistency in your branding for once! I get it that using the Xbox thingy does not catch fire but this rename is bullocks.
By naming the apps differently just causes them to be all over the place.
Xbox music is better!!!
- So what music services do ya'll use?
- I use Spotify.
- Groove :) - huh nice ^^ alright I don't know I just think Groove fits in with the other names on the market.. so I like it :)
It's a matter of how good or bad the app is going to be, the name means barely nothing.. Think about it: Facebook? WhatsApp? Apple!? iPhone???? .... The names are lame but after their success people get into them, and that's we all really want, a really good player for our phones and PC's
Xbox Music was okay. At least those sell like hot cakes. People know it.
Groove Music is good but what they need to do is to look back at the Zune software and make a touch version of that!! Call it whatever you want as long is it is as good as Zune was..
I'm not sure what you are saying. Can you explain in more detail? Whose plans, and what?
May I ask, what are you trying to say? What are these plans you speak of? Could you please explain further. Best wishes.
wePresent - PowerPoint
weCount - Excel
weNote - onenote
weSing - music
weWatch - movies and tv
weSolve - calculator
weDraw - paint
wePlay - xbox
weSearch - cortana
weBrowse - edge
weHunt! - maps
weMail - outlook
weStalk - all new social media app from microsoft
weTalk - messenger+skype
weSeeOneAnother - video calls
weDontSleep - alarms hehe :)
weNdows - windows 11 hahaha :D
Whatever, just deliver a great product and not a downgrade.
Many people doesn't knows what meaning of that....why not simple name ?.......after may be ,official release of this name unknown person to this news will search music player in wp store....he will say,"search results shows me groove, but I couldn't find music player."
Many people doesn't knows what means that...Why not a simple name ?like Microsoft music or just music hub..
after may be its official release a person who unknown to this news will try to find music player in wp store and he will say, "search results show me groove but not the music player." as top search result. Or he will says that my phone has not music player it has groove
Just kidding although this will built in app....but that name sucks.
Can you explain further what you mean by the various plans? What, do you mean the thinking is for each? I'm trying to understand what you are trying to say.
Ms decided in 2012 it would make name short to appeal more to users.. But it isn't helping.. This resulted Windows Live Photo Gallery became photo gallery n so all its app in Windows Live suite. Windows Internet Explorer (branding since WinVista) became Internet Explorer... Now Windows Phone just Windows... I think company or flagship product name must be there to make it more appealing. Like google play music (although google play doesn't make any sense for store in first place, yet loved by all), apple music n so on
I'm not sure what that has to do with Xbox Music, but it's what I feel.
My point? I liked it...