Microsoft is “retiring” its Groove Music Service (aka Xbox Music aka Zune). Why am I blogging about this? Partly it is because I just removed support from Groove from music4dance. Partly because that service was part of the reason that music4dance evolved the way that it did. But mostly it is because there is some overlap between music4dance users and Groove subscribers. Approximately 15% of users that expressed a music service preference checked the Groove Music box as one of the options. So for those of you that are Groove Music subscribers, please make sure to check out the Spotify migration option before the January 31st, 2018.
In any case, you’ll no longer see the Groove Music symbol in the play or purchase song options on the site. Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music are still fully supported though, so most songs can be located in at least one of those catalogs.
The other statistic I noticed while checking on Groove usage is that only about 25% of registered music4dance users have expressed a preference for any music service. So if you’ve got a minute please head to your profile page and let me know which music services you use. This helps me prioritize features. And if you use a service that I’m not currently listing, please send me feedback directly and I’ll add it to the list of choices.
Most of the time that I use music4dance it’s on desktop computer, but I certainly want access to all of what it can do on my phone and tablet. And I have tried to take what user interface designers call a “Mobile First” approach whenever possible.
But I noticed a while back that there are a few things that just weren’t working as well on smaller devices as I would like. Several of them were on the core song list pages, which is particularly important.
So I finally took a couple of days off from other things and reworked these issues.
The Play Menu
The play menu (which is documented here) is now a modal which allows for bigger buttons and the ability to control the sample being played.
Dance and Tag Menus
I’ve also converted the dance and tag menus (documented here) to modals. This let me make the buttons bigger as well as adding some styling that I hope will let you navigate through options more easily. The large chunks of text in the old interface were hard to distinguish even for the person that wrote them.
Let me know what you think. Do you prefer the before or after? Are there other aspects of the site that you find difficult to use on a small device? Let me know by responding to this post or sending feedback.