When comparing Groove Music vs Beat, the Slant community recommends Beat for most people. In the question“What are the best Android music player apps that can stream from cloud storage services?” Beat is ranked 3rd while Groove Music is ranked 4th. The most important reason people chose Beat is:
You simply browse through the folders on your Dropbox and select which folders or songs you want to play or add to the playlist. Play controls along with album art and track title are always available at the bottom of the screen. Tapping on album art or track title will open up the play queue allowing you to adjust it. You can rearrange songs simply by dragging them and remove songs by swiping them away. A swipe from the left side of the screen gives access to shortcuts that allow you quickly jump between folders and a swipe from the right - to settings.
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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 Straightforward interface
You simply browse through the folders on your Dropbox and select which folders or songs you want to play or add to the playlist.
Play controls along with album art and track title are always available at the bottom of the screen. Tapping on album art or track title will open up the play queue allowing you to adjust it. You can rearrange songs simply by dragging them and remove songs by swiping them away.
A swipe from the left side of the screen gives access to shortcuts that allow you quickly jump between folders and a swipe from the right - to settings.
Pro Can precache next song so you don't have to wait for it to buffer
By default the app will load the next song in queue into cache while the current song is playing so there's no downtime between songs. You can turn off this behaviour in settings if you want to and you can adjust cache limit if you're worried about filling up your device.
Pro Includes a floating widget that allows you to access music controls from anywhere
You can have a small circular widget that floats atop any app you have open. When you tap on the widget it will open music controls.
The floating widget will stick to the side of the screen, but you can change which side and at what heights it will stick to. And you can change the position of the widget at any time simply by dragging it to the desired place.
Pro Customizable appearance
Things like theme, text size, placeholder images, list style, swipe animations and a bunch of other small tweaks can be made to the app to both change the look and feel of it.
Pro Comes with a widget
The app includes a simple square widget that shows album art, track title and transport controls.
Pro Built in EQ
The app has a 5-point EQ with bass boost slider and loudness toggle. It comes with a presets for various genres of music and allows creating custom presets.
Pro Can automatically download album art
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 Not a looker
The app uses a mismatch of styles and strong colors.
Con Won't organize your music for you
Beat deals with files and folders. It won't organize your music based on things like artist, album, song, genre or composer automatically.