Microsoft's Groove Music just got itself a little AI-inspired upgrade, at least for anyone using Windows 10 Mobile on the 'fast' Redstone Insider branch. 'Your Groove' scans your uploaded OneDrive music (it can't handle songs on your local storage, sadly) and your purchases in Groove Music Pass online and then spits out a variety of wackily named playlists. Which is all rather fun, even though results were a little random in my case!
Here's the official changelog from Microsoft:
Introducing Your Groove, the place for music that is centered around you, what you like, and your listening habits. This is where you’ll not only find your recently played items, but also brand new automatically curated recommended playlists built just for your taste. They update often to always give you fresh recommendations, but you can save a copy any time to edit, download or just save to listen to later. For more information on this new feature, check out the post here.
We also fixed a bunch of bugs:
Files opened in Groove from other applications (e.g. email) now continue playing in the background.
The app now skips queuing up unplayable tracks when playing album/artist so your now playing queue is clean and tidy.
We fixed the keyboard shortcut to support ESC to exit full screen now playing.
We addressed a performance issue when playing a large playlist.
We now attempt to recover from situations where playback appears “stuck”.
We added even more telemetry around playback as we continue to improve quality.
We made some changes to improve the playback reliability for Groove Music Pass content in offline scenarios.
Here's the new update in action:
Well, they say 'expert music editors', and I'm sure some of these exist, but there's AI around to produce much of the playlist curation, since it's all available instantly.
'Your Groove' now sits at the top of the hamburger menu, replacing 'Recent plays'...
One step away? Hey, I already have a load of music on OneDrive - I do think that Microsoft could detect this and not treat me like a newbie!
Still, it seems as though you have to tap through anyway, to trigger the new feature getting going..... Ah well. I played along.
Half a dozen playlists were immediately offered, four of them starting with the same Neil Young song from the same album. Err..... Again, I'm sure it'll all get better, with a more mature app, more mature algorithms and so on...
A couple of the playlists which didn't start with Neil! Not that it takes much imagination to work out that Marillion do some long songs and that I already quite like Kari Jobe. Maybe I'm not the target audience here, though, and I'm sure all this will work better in a more mainstream, 'current' pop/indie/rap/whatever setting.
A look at one of the playlists Your Groove came up with. "Morning blend"? Well, they're all good songs, though I'm not sure 'Happy and calm' is a good description. Again, disregard my comments though - I don't think my music collection is typical of the mainstream!
Your comments welcome - how does Your Groove do with your music?