Microsoft Groove Music

Version10(as of 7/14/2023)
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Rating:3.5  |  31 Votes

Main Features

  • Play locally stored music files, such as .MP3, .M4A, and .WAV
  • Create playlists to organize your music
  • Set the playback equalizer and choose between light and dark color schemes

Software Overview

Screenshot of Microsoft Groove Music 10
Screenshot of Microsoft Groove Music 10

Microsoft Groove Music was the default music player for Windows 11. It allows you to play various audio file types, organize your music in playlists, and stream music through the Spotify streaming service. (Groove Music has since been replaced by the 2022 version of Windows Media Player.)

Groove Music is created to be your go-to player for playing music in Windows. The app supports many of the most common audio file types, including .MP3, .M4A, .WMA, .WAV, .FLAC, .AAC, and .3GP, and you can organize locally stored music files in playlists.

The music player originally allowed you to stream music through a Groove Music Pass subscription. However, Microsoft discontinued this service in December 2017, along with the Groove Music mobile apps for Android and iOS.


Groove Music is a simple music player that does not offer many features beyond simple playlist creation. This may be enough if you are just looking to play supported audio files with the default player. However, if you are a music enthusiast that appreciates advanced features, such as playback and library organization options, you will be disappointed. Overall, Microsoft Groove Music is a simple music player that will play supported audio formats but offers very little beyond that.

Primary File Type

mp3 icon.MP3MP3 Audio

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.MP3MP3 Audio
.3G23GPP2 Multimedia File
.3GP3GPP Multimedia File
.AACAdvanced Audio Coding File
.AC3Audio Codec 3 File
.ADTADTS Audio File
.ADTSAudio Data Transport Stream File
.AMRAdaptive Multi-Rate Codec File
.EC3Enhanced Audio Codec 3 File
.FLACFree Lossless Audio Codec File
.M3UM3U Media Playlist
.M4AMPEG-4 Audio
.M4RiPhone Ringtone File
.MKAMatroska Audio
.MPAMPEG-2 Audio File
.OGAOgg Vorbis Audio File
.OGGOgg Vorbis Audio
.OPUSOpus Audio
.WMAWindows Media Audio
.WPLWindows Media Player Playlist
Updated 7/14/2023