Earlier last month, a Groove Music update rolled out for Insiders on the Fast Ring (+Skip Ahead) that added hints at future support for visualisation, now we’re getting a closer look at what else is planned (via Thurrott.com).
There’s support for visualisations as mentioned above, users can pick between different patterns and designs and watch them dance around on the screen as the music plays. Microsoft previously included this in Zune Music player and Windows Music player but had yet to add it to either Xbox Music or Groove Music –the spiritual successors of both those apps.
Microsoft is also adding support for equalisers, a long awaited feature from which requests to include it in Groove (previously Xbox Music) date back to the WIndows phone days. While Microsoft’s Windows phone didn’t have equaliser support, OEMs like Nokia would build in their own equaliser apps in the settings allowing users to control the way their music sounds. Now, this functionality is coming to Groove Music as a native, integrated feature.
For more modern oriented users, Microsoft is aping Spotify’s Discover and Apple Music’s For You with recommended playlists. These aren’t the recommended playlists Groove already has mind you, Microsoft is adding in two playlists that will automatically refresh under the recommended playlist section Fresh on Friday and Today’s Picks.
Groove will also make use of machine learning to automagically generate playlists for you with parameters you feed it like genre and artist, and you’ll be able to customise the playlist hero image with built in WIndows Ink support.
Microsoft’s Groove Music — especially on PCs — has grown into a competent music streaming service, as well as a decent local music player. While the lack of some old functionalities from Windows Media Player and Zune like podcast support and CD support will hurt those users who still prefer to play music the old fashioned way, Groove’s modern sensibilities will fit right in with those who cut their musical teeth on streaming services.