Microsoft rolls out a big update to Groove music app for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring

Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Although it will be a little while longer before new Windows 10 Insider Preview builds arrive, Microsoft has today announced a new release of its Groove music app for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

Some of these features have already been made available to users of the app on the Xbox Preview program earlier this week, but the biggest new feature for Insiders on Windows 10 is the ability to edit metadata for locally-saved music from within the app.

As Microsoft's Ellen Kilbourne explained today, all you need to do is "right-click on an album or song and choose Edit Info. BAM!"

The Explore section of the app has also been updated with a new "focus on genres," Kilbourne said. "You can now see curated playlists, new releases, best new songs, and top artists... all by GENRE!!" However, this feature is only available in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada and Germany for now.

Playlists in the Explore section now include highlighted examples of artists, to give you a flavor of what to expect as you browse.

Additionally, you'll now see Radio stations show up in your list of recent plays in Your Groove. Microsoft added the Your Groove section to the app a few weeks ago to offer a more personalized experience for users of its music service.

Along with recent plays, those with larger music collections will see personalized playlists, which - for users with a Groove Music Pass subscription - also includes tracks not in their collections, helping them to discover new music that they might enjoy, based on their music tastes.

Microsoft is also offering users the ability to give feedback on playlists with new 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' buttons. Users can also mute specific songs that they don't like in playlists to ensure that those songs don't pop up again in future playbacks.

This is the latest in a series of improvements to the Groove music app on Windows 10 in recent weeks. Microsoft has also made some of these new features available in the app on iOS and Android, and promises to continue making improvements to its music service across all platforms.

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