Cortana's music recognition feature not working any longer due to Groove Music closure

If you have a device that uses Cortana, you'll be unpleasantly surprised to know that the music recognition functionality will not work anymore. Microsoft announced last year that it will shut down its Groove Music streaming service at the beginning of 2018.

Because of that, Cortana's music recognition functionality has been retired, Microsoft recently confirmed. Even so, if you're using Cortana on a smartphone, there are plenty of alternatives that some would say that make a better job.

It's unclear whether or not this feature will make a comeback to Cortana later on, but Microsoft was very specific and said the “music recognition functionality has been retired.”

Obviously, this isn't too much of an issue for Android and iOS users who are probably using Shazam, but it's a real problem for Windows 10 users since Shazam has pulled its app from the Microsoft Store.

source: Jason Deakins (Twitter) via WindowsCentral



1. jellmoo

Posts: 2627; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"... but it's a real problem for Windows 10 users..." Nah, Microsoft called both of them. They're cool.

4. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Windows 10 is the most common Windows edition these days, it surpassed Windows 7 at the end of last year. That obviously means it's also the most common desktop operating system version, all brands and developers included.

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Yeah, but many of those aren't Cortona compatible, I've got 2 desktops I don't have microphones on.

11. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

That's relevant, how? :) I don't use the Google voice assistant, most Android users don't. I do however have a microphone on my Windows laptop, tablet and even my desktop. Go figure... \o/ And no, I don't really use Cortana either.

2. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

I hope tah Microsoft will see that sometimes services that are not profitable, sometimes is more expensive to shut them down and bring negative impact on users than to keep the service live... There are to to many bumps on the jurney that Microsoft took us... sometimes i wish there is real third desktop option. My mobile expirience was grat with Lumia 950 but the apps are pulled every day out of the store and.. there is no future. Windows S? I'm afraid it will have the same feauture as RT :(

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I always had hope and believe in that Microsoft is a huge company that no matter what will make Windows phone much better and will improve it. Bringing iOS apps to Windows would have done great for Microsoft but apparently they failed or discontinued this idea and they bought the only company truly trusted MS and then just stopped releasing phones whether flagships or low end. They even abandoned and abandoning their own OS before other apps abandoned windows mobile, At least Sound Hound is still in Windows 10 mobile After all of that and a similar pattern with Windows phone 7 & 8 I can't trust MS very much and my believe in their PC software is shaken If they will produce any product (other than Windows and Office for PC), I am sure I will stay away no matter the promise or the functionality of the product.

6. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

But there is no point of continuing to put money into something people aren't using or buying. Windows Phone has less than 3% of the market. With such small market, it cost more to keep it going and support than what revenue was coming in for it. Let me ask you, of you put gas in your car and it simply poured out the bottom, would you keep pouring gas in? Even Apple shuts down things no one is using or supporting with revenue. So does Google and everyone else Everyone who has had a music service has shut them down because iTunes, and Spotify have the lions shares. We don't need anything else. PLUS when you have Sptify, Amazon, Google and even Apple Music on all platforms, how many more do you need? If you got m9neybto waste, then you open a service and see how long it last. Even Zine Music failed. MS should just stick with what they are good at, Windows, Office and Xbox.

10. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I understand what you say and I agree if I thought that their problem is because it is not working. The issue is far more than that, they put promises they didn't fulfilled, and also they have gone to many wrong directions , but at least their security updates are lasting far more than Android AFAIK. Maybe by killing the OS, they are doing the right thing, but also in the other hand there is rumors about new Surfer phone ,maybe I am over reacting but I know they could have done better

5. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Shazam didn't pull the app, Apple did. Apple doesn't believe in sharing and isn't cross platform friendly vs Google or Microsoft. Because they can't make any money supporting other platforms. Apple knows if it moved to many of it's services to other platforms, people will move away from Apple. I seen many people say if iMessage was on Android they wouldn't even buy an iPhone. Anyways, Groove sucked and I'm glad it's gone. Microsoft should have bought Shazam and it would still be cross platform. Apple trying to eliminate more competition. Though I feel buying Shazam was a better buy, then buying Beats.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Shazam didn't pull the app, Apple did." I'd LOVE to see your sources for that claim, but considering said source is likely your own arse, I think I'll pass :).

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