Microsoft's attempt at a streaming service for its niche audience has been shut down. One of the side effects of this is the loss of one of Cortana's skills.
Microsoft's attempt at a music service for Xbox and Windows users will fizzle out and money will be refunded. Users will have to make bridges to Spotify.
Nowhere near as popular as Apple Music or Spotify, Microsoft's Groove Music service is at least extremely affordable in its bid to draw in more users.
You'll be able to "invoke" the Microsoft-endorsed Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker by talking to Cortana, and stream Spotify or Pandora music.
Who doesn't like Christmas music and freebies? Well, if you do, hurry up and take Microsoft up on its latest free holiday album Windows Store offer.
Canadian startup Groove has been acquired by Microsoft. It draws against a move by Google to subsume a similar machine-learning music service called Songza.
You don’t need to be a The Decemberists fan to appreciate the musical necessity of gapless playback. Concept artists (who might or might not get paid well depending on how you buy your music) will usually take great pains painting a story out through multiple, intertwined songs that blend into each other. If you don’t have gapless playback on, there’s a blaring quarter second of awkward silence waiting between those songs instead of a smooth transition.
As much as I’m pumping up on the experience, it is weird to see that Groove Music has finally been [...]