Groove is the name of default music player in Windows 10. It replaces Xbox music app included in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft had undoubtedly made some improvements on the original Music app from Windows 8 but still it is just not worth using for power users. The included Groove Music app in Windows 10 allows you to listen to your favorite music on your Windows, iOS, and Android devices. You can create a playlist with music you've purchased or uploaded to OneDrive or pick your background music on Xbox One.
Windows 10 users should be aware that if they update to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update it may affect their ability to listen to uncompressed music.
Since its release in 2015 Windows 10 has touted native support for FLAC encoding, which offers full quality uncompressed music. The support has however never been as full as for MP3’s however, and in the October 2018 update appears pretty broken.
With the April 2018 update users were not able to rate music or edit meta-data and in the October 2018 Update Microsoft introduced a new bug which results in existing metadata being truncated, with long track names and other details being cut off, as can be seen in the screenshot above. The same track will show the full track name on an April 2018 PC.
Worse still, when arranged in a playlist, for some reason both Groove and Windows Media Player would skip the first minute of a track, and shorter tracks would not even play.
Microsoft appears aware of the issue, with Microsoft noting in a 19H1 build:
We fixed an issue resulting in FLAC metadata being cut short in File Explorer and other locations.
It is not however listed as a Known Issue for Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and Microsoft has clearly not backported the fix to existing installations.
There is an ongoing thread at Microsoft Answers here where users are lamenting the problem.
Groove Music Play Flac
FLAC is of course not the most popular format in the world, particularly in these days of streaming, but as usual, introducing bugs to what should be a basic and stable feature does raise questions regarding quality. Hopefully, Microsoft will do the right thing and bring the fix to existing October 2018 Update users, especially if they are planning to start pushing out the update to regular Windows 10 users soon.
Can Groove Play Cd
Thanks, MS for the tip.
Any one know how Groove functions with FLAC format.
I just ripped a CD to .flac and put a copy in my local music file folder and it sounds so much better on my PC with crap speakers than the same album using my Groove Music Pass.
I used Groove to play both copies.
I am intending to use the .flac format for all my CD's and future music on PC/Mobile/Xbox
However when I put the same CD in OneDrive it will not show up on my mobile or the Xbox, I tried deleting some of my old MP3 files in there and their deletion showed up immediately.
If I have to I will forgo using OneDrive and go back to local music (Just means copying them) but it would be easier for me to use OneDrive.