This week on the TDL Show we interviewed JT Kimbell Senior Program Manger on the Groove Music team. During the interview (which you can listen to here) JT gave us an insight into some of the new features coming to Microsoft Groove on Windows. Later this year, possible this summer Microsoft are adding Visualizations, custom playlists and a graphic equalizer to Groove Music. Anyone that has used Windows for a long time may remember visualization in Windows Media Player. You could have colours, shapes and patterns designs that would move and flow in time with the music. They were almost hypnotic to watch and a great way adding interesting UI to music playback. The feature will be coming to Groove on Windows 10 and it will be great to see how this looking with modern Windows design.
One of the most requested feature for Groove is an equalizer, which is a way of tailoring the audio output of Groove to suit your device and taste. It’s great to see the Groove team listening to the community and implementing the feature.
Another feature coming to Groove later this year is playlist customisations. You can create a playlist assign it a custom image and even ink on top, so you can have a personalised playlist that you can also share with your friends via places like Facebook.
During the interview we also talked about the one of the top features about requested to the Groove team: A family music pass subscription. Microsoft certainly heard the feedback on that so I am pretty sure Microsoft are looking at it. In the chat we also talked about how the Groove team are using the Windows Insider program to test new builds of Groove and how that has impacted their development process.
You can listen to the full interview on this week’s Digital Lifestlye Show (which is available now) and why not subscribe to our podcast feed so you can get the show delivered directly to your favourite podcast app. Jump to the 28mins mark to here JT talk about the new features.
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.