When comparing Groove Music vs CloudPlayer, the Slant community recommends CloudPlayer for most people. In the question“What are the best Android music player apps that can stream from cloud storage services?” CloudPlayer is ranked 1st while Groove Music is ranked 4th.
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Pro Available cross-platform
A Groove Music application is available for Windows 10, Xbox, Android, iOS and Windows Phone. There is also a web app that will open all of your music with a simple sign in.
Pro Huge music library
Groove Music has a massive music library with over 40 million songs, more than Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Google Play Music,
Pro Integration with OneDrive
Groove Music integrates the music streaming service with OneDrive so that users can stream their own music files hosted in their OneDrive.
Pro Modern UI design
The designs of each Groove Music application from the web application to the Windows Phone 8 application are all slightly different but they all share a modern and attractive design. Though the applications on iOS and Android are less appealing than on the other platforms.
Pro Ability to request missing content
While other music streaming services simply suggest to contact the artist to add their music to their service, Groove Music allows you to easily file a request for missing content right from the Groove Music player.
Pro Free music streaming on computers and tablets
The Groove Music web application and Windows 8/10 application offer free music streaming on demand or artist based radio stations with unlimited skips. Although there are occasional advertisements and after 6 months of use, free streaming is limited to 10 hours a month.
Pro Over 92,000 music videos available with Groove Music Pass
Pro Has monthly and yearly subscription plans
The Groove Music Pass offers unlimited on demand music and artist based radio stations with unlimited skips, no advertisements, and offline playback. A one month Groove Music Pass is $9.99 and (a better deal) a 12 month pass is $99.90. The 12 month pass is great for kids, those that do not want to pay for a continuous subscription, or those that do not want to use their credit card.
Pro Supports lossless .flac playback.
Pro Supports a custom lock screen.
Pro AllPlay and Chromecast support
Premium version of the app allows you to cast to AllPlay and Chromecast devices.
Pro Protects you from accidentally using cellular data
The app has a setting that when turned on will prevent it from using cellular data so you can rest assured that you won't accidentally rack up a phone bill even if your Wi-Fi drops out.
Pro Elegant interface
The app has a clean material design UI that doesn't get in the way. It focuses on album art to make it vibrant and throws in small touches throughout that highlight the attention to detail. For example, the color of the name of the artist and title of the album matches the color of album art, etc.
Pro 10 band EQ
Premium version of the app has a 10 band EQ with 17 presets and PreAmp.
Pro Android Wear support
Pro Can sync playlists across devices
Pro Android Auto support
Con Poor music quality
Bitrate quality is not explicitly stated by Microsoft, but music is reported to be streamed at 192kbps WMA which is lower than most comparable streaming services. While music is downloaded at 256kbps WMA, an improvement but still lower than Google Play Music and Spotify.
Con Inconsistent updates to Android app
It's a lot better than it used to be, but the update cycle is a slow and painful process.
Con No social network integration
This may be a huge pro or a con for different types of people. Groove Music does not offer comprehensive social integration like other music services such as Spotify. The only social feature Groove Music offers is the ability to a share a link to a song to Twitter, Facebook, or email. Groove Music will keep all your musical tastes strictly private unless you individually share it.
Con No song lyrics
Con No family plan
Many other streaming services now offer a family plan, Groove is lagging behind.
Con No tablet specific app for iOS or Android
The exclusion of a tablet specific application leaves Android or iOS tablet users with an unoptimized feeling experience.
Con No gapless playback
Con No crossfade
Con Cloud storage streaming is a premium feature
The killer feature of CloudPlayer is not available in the free version of the app.
Con Initial indexing can take some time
First time you start the app and connect it to you cloud storage account it will index all local and online music, pull metadata, album art, etc. At a rate of about 2-3 seconds per song the process can easily take a good while.