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The Xbox Music Android App Has Found Its Groove, Rebranding Takes Effect In Latest Update

Xbox Music is now Groove. This is news that Microsoft detailed weeks ago, but it's only now—coinciding with the release of Windows 10—that we're seeing the name change on Android.

In the latest version, the rebranding has taken place. Microsoft highlights the ability to upload your music to OneDrive, stream music with a Music Pass subscription ($9.99 a month or $99 a year), and save files for offline use.

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Not wasting any time, Sonos has already announced that it supports Groove. The integration is still in beta, but you're free to try it out right away. Look for it under Add Music Services.

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Xbox Music 3.0 Update Adds OneDrive Integration, Access Without Music Pass, And Offline Support For More Devices

Microsoft has a music app. No, really, they do! It may have escaped your notice with the launch of a new service from a certain other company and the continuing dominance of Spotify, but the Xbox Music service is still going strong. Sort of - apparently Microsoft didn't think that brand name was strong enough, so they changed it to Groove. That name hasn't made it to the official Android app, for some reason.

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But some other much-needed changes have been implemented in version 3.0, specifically the ability to access your Microsoft account and stream music stored on your OneDrive cloud.

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Xbox Music Android App Ditches Its Always-Online Requirement, Gets Offline Playback Support For Playlists

Remember when Microsoft angered legions of fans by announcing that the Xbox One would require an Internet connection to use? The company reversed that decision, but thus far, the Xbox Music Android app has functioned in much the same way. Fortunately for it, streaming music is already an established thing, so there won't be nearly as many people excited to find out that the newest version of the app now supports playing playlists offline.


A single switch appears on each playlist that designates which ones should be downloaded, somewhat similar to pinning lists within Play Music. Once toggled, users should be able to take those tunes anywhere that lacks a solid data connection, like an airplane or, depending on their carrier, most of the country.

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