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Groove Music – Music Acquisition Still Sucks

I loved my Zune.  However, there were only about 8 of us who did, so it died a quiet death.

I now have all my music on my phone.  Well, let me take that back.  I want to have all my music on my phone, but it doesn’t seem to want me to have all my music on my phone, and never has.

Previously, I would always use the Desktop Lumia app to sync between my local home source of music (usually my laptop) and the phone because Groove just didn’t hack it and it was a waste to even try.

Supposedly, if you put your music up on OneDrive in a folder called Music, it will automagically see it and download it.  Except it doesn’t work right.

For the sake of argument, let’s say I have 15,000 songs on OneDrive.  If you reset a phone, it will ignore those files for a while, and then randomly say it is adding music.  The last time around when I got my Lumia 950, it eventually downloaded, I don’t know, I’m going to guess and say 11k of them.  Every once in a while, it would notice it didn’t have all of them and put a whole bunch of songs in a download list, but never download them.

Just recently, Groove has a major update, and part of what it did was to get rid of its knowledge of my local music collection (this was listed in the update notes, so it was expected).  Keep in mind, i still have the 11k on my phone.  It added maybe 2k of them and then stopped.  Frustrated, I went to the online store to download an album (“Daddy, what’s an album?”  Shut up kid), and it ‘woke up’ and so then re-added some large subset of the songs that are on my phone already, but not all of them.  And, it readded the 4k that it never added to the phone to the download list, where it will say it downloads a song, says ‘finishing up’, but then never finishes, until Groove eventually throws an exception, and I have to force quit the bitch.

It’s like how my wife refused to update iTunes for years after learning every time there was an update, it ruined everything. 

Groove is now iTunes.  Congrats, Microsoft.

posted on Sunday, February 07, 2016 4:22 PM Print
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