Beats Music for Windows Phone gets big performance update

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Spotify finally picked up a big update this morning. Now we’ve got one for Beats Music, the newcomer in the music streaming game. Today’s update is all about speed and optimization. Let’s check out how much faster they made Beats Music today. 

The last update for Beats Music we covered took place in late February. It wasn’t a major update and instead addresses a handful of bugs that impacted playback. Today we’re looking at a bigger update and one that a lot of you Beats Music fans should really like. Here’s what’s new in version 1.9 of Beats Music:

  • Decreased download size from 8MB to 4MB
  • App is 200% faster
  • Startup time is down by half
  • Recommendations have been added to the Live tile
  • Bug fixes

Pretty big update for Beats Music. We’re pretty amazed at the optimization that has gone into version 1.9. It’s probably something the Xbox Music team should do to alleviate community complains. Zing. Jokes aside, we’re digging this update to Beats Music and really appreciate the team took the time to make it faster. We know you guys like things faster.

Download Beats Music from the Windows Phone Store.

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Beats Music for Windows Phone gets big performance update


After your post I was thinking "Ugh, fine I better find this video." But you supplied the link. Thank you kind sir.

Ha! And as a once loyal MOG user (MOG begat Beats), I just dumped Beats and my family plan subscription for the updated Spotify app.  I look forward to reading whether I ran out of patience with the sloooowness of the Beats Music app 4 hours too soon.

I was wondering about that; releasing a WP update after suing the hero of WP development. But I guess most people don't follow that kind of thing so it probably won't affect most people's decisions. I'm happy with XBox music, although I might try the other services if they have better international music support. Half the stuff I want isn't even on iTunes though so I won't hold my breath.

App actually looks gorgeous. Might just switch to this when my Music Pass expires.

Assuming, of course, Apple doesn't screw it up.

I just canceled Beats on my Lumia just this week.  I usually put music on my phone when I go jogging but one day I decided to rock Beats. The sound quality was simply weak.  The navigation I could live with which isn't the best for active types but as compared to Jazz Radio, Pandora and even Rdio, it was like listening to an AM radio in stereo. A big disappointment for such a big name product.

See Spotify story <copied and pasted indeed>

(aside from the app itself needing some refinements...) I see no reason to think about any other streaming music service if you have Xbox Music on a Windows Phone with a subscription. I am really enjoying its features and the tracks on demand feeling on my Windows Phone. Then there is the radio station creator if you want to mix it up a bit. I find Xbox Music to just make sense to have if you have a Windows Phone and want to subscribe to music.

add-on: and to think this will be an Apple product in the near future.... no thanks! Xbox Music rules for me.

What exactly does "200% faster" mean? If it took 4 second to open before, now it opens 8 seconds before you tap the tile? I mean, really, claims like this really turn me off as I'm not into hyperbole. 150% improvement... 200% faster... These are impossible things to say without making stuff up.

200% means two-times or twice as fast. In not sure why they didn't just say timing was halved across the board, though.

If you say something is 100% faster it means it is twice as fast(x+x=2x), if you say it is 200% faster it's three times (x+2x=3x).


If you say it is 100% as fast is the same speed, same for it is 100% of the speed of X

Lol my thoughts exactly, what were they using to bench mark their app that's what I want to know. My hunch is probably a way more than few dozen rolls of weed, uncountable amount white powder and alcohol :p. Given that they are filed a case for the use of the term "studio" against Rudy's trademark request for 6studio.

Can someone be kind enough to give me their login credentials? I would like to test this app. I cannot register in my country.

You cant. It would check your ip for your location everytime you try to play a song. Tried this with Pandora, made an account by proxy, and turned off the proxy (its next to impossible to stream on a proxy) and it detected that I'm not in usa/australia.

I was using Beats for a while since it came out due to the nice UI which was much better than Spotify. With today's Spotify update I'll drop Beats and go back to Spotify 100% of the time. Even with today's Beats update it's still not fast enough transitioning between screens. I'm way too invested with Spotify and the playlists I've created to pay for both. Goodbye Beats.

does anyone think apple will pull the app now that they own Beats like they did with that transportation app ( cant remeber the name)?

Apple does not own Beats yet - in fact there is not even an official confirmation that they're talking to Beats about an acquisition.

Is beats any good? I use NokiaMix Radio and have never looked back! Something about not having to look for music anymore and just letting the mixes take me away just feels so freeing.

Yeah. Sad no one mentioned mixradio. Its my favorite music app ! (well, we dont have many here in India for English songs :-P)

Takes me to a super happy place, lol. Tbh, before I got a Lumia I thought music was dead except for the odd track because as I got older, trying to discover new music felt like work. I've even discovered whole new genres like Nu Disco and Future/Electro R&B! And the house / bass stuff I love too. Oh and the movie and game soundtracks, lol! It's just easy discovery. :-)

I liked Beats Music app when I tried it, but it was a bit slow. Doesn't really offer anything major that Nokia Mixradio does though.

1. Beats is pro Apple
2. Beats is anti Rudy H.
Nah, not even the free trial gets on my Lumia. Doesn't Songza do the same thing...for free??

That's just it though... It's not better than Xbox Music... And given how little Beats actually pays musicians, I wouldn't use it to save my life... Apple only want it so that they can screw over more musicians...

You weren't reply to me but I'll answer your question anyway: problem lies on user experience and user interface misplaced elements. For instance, the play controls are back at the bottom (remember Windows Phone pre-Mango?) and if you hit the volume rocker you'll now get two instances of the play controls, sweet! /s

Next update: The app just redirects you to the apple store website prompting you to buy an iPhone =)