Groove is the new name for Microsoft's Xbox Music app on the iPhone and iPad

Groove is the new name for Xbox Music, and iPhone and iPad owners can now download an app update that not only makes the rebranding complete, but adds new features as well.

  • You no longer need Groove Music Pass to use the app! (Certain features still require it)
  • New app name and design
  • Music in your OneDrive music folder now appears as part of your collection
  • In addition to playlists, you can now download individual songs and albums for offline use
  • Filter your music to see just what's available offline
  • Various bug fixes

The rebranding of the service has already happened on Windows 10, Android, the Xbox One and the web.

The name change for the app is due to Microsoft deciding to focus its Xbox brand on the company's gaming efforts, and as a result, the company chose Groove as the new name for its music service. However, if you are already familiar with Xbox Music, the Groove music app still allows users to either purchase and download tracks and albums from its library, or stream music for a monthly or yearly fee.

What do you think of the new name for Microsoft's music service? Let us know in the comments!

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