OneMusic for Windows Phone 8.1 is now available

Last week, I previewed OneMusic from developer Phillipe Maes. The third party, full-featured MP3 app serves as a viable alternative to Xbox Music for those on Windows Phone 8.1. I'm happy to announce that OneMusic is now available to download, with a free 5-day trial, after which users can buy the app for $1.99 if the app meets their needs.

OneMusic is a very clean and minimalist app that can access all of your music, whether it is main memory or on your SD expansion card. Users can create and manage playlists, repeat music and randomize tunes as well, with full album art support.

Since I previewed the app, it has received a few more features to round it off, including alphabetical jumplists and the ability to sort tracks when creating playlists . I'm told by Maes that the next update will focus on adding a Live Tile and tag editing , which should complete the music app for many users.

Perhaps the only limitation of OneMusic for some users is it cannot access Xbox Music DRM protected files, nor work with an Xbox Music Pass, for obvious reasons.Other than that though, OneMusic is a stellar creation, especially for a 1.0 release.

Don't take my word for it though, OneMusic has a free 5-day trial, so that you can decide for yourself. Give the app a spin and let me know what you think in comments! [Note: Upon its initial run, OneMusic will need to scan your library to index your music. This could take some time, depending on your library, though it only needs to do this once.]

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OneMusic for Windows Phone 8.1 is now available



Oh thanksss. If only i can delete that xbox music app!!!!. Oh, it's not free. I'll return to my beloved xbox music.

Is a $1.99 that much to ask for if it functions infinitely better than Xbox Music? I mean there's even a 5 day trial to decide if you like. I bet if you spent time and effort developing something you'd want to be rewarded for it.

I have two free apps in the Windows Phone Store, one has close to 40,000 downloads. I have not made a single cent. You might want to check your math.

Don't mind Wiener. He actually the unpaid Earl of Microsoft and if he thinks what he says make sense, he'll say it.

Except it's NOT infinitely better than Xbox Music. It mislabeled probably between 5 and 10 artists in my library. It lacks Xbox Music streaming integration (not that I use it). It (annoyingly) sorts artists with "The" at the start of their names into the "T" section. Really, all it seems to do better than Xbox Music is start up. Otherwise, it's basically suffering from the exact same problems, or replacing one with another.

If someone could help me do the indexing of music bit then I would make a crazily beautiful and bug free music app for you all

Considering it doesn't: 1) take 5 minutes to startup and load my music 2) Replace metadata with that from Xbox Music, and 3) Ignore ID3 tags. Yes, infinitely better is appropriate. The app has its share of issues, but already it's better than the Xbox Music app for me.

I also find it ironic how there's so many people below giving us lectures on not being free loaders, when I'm willing to bet a good portion of them are liberals. Aka the free loaders of society.

So the first comment comes from a moron. Everything always needs to be free, fuck the time and resources the developer put in.

Sorry if we don't bow down for a ho-hum app that doesn't effectively solve the problems many of us have, while having fewer features than what it's replacing.

People like you make baby Jesus cry.

If I had to guess, I'd bet you cheap out on everything and still find plenty to bitch about on what you get.

I felt it necessary to log on from my hospital bed just so I could tell you what a wanker your are for bitching about paying for this app.

You're a wanker. And you would NEVER do your job for free. Why should a dev that busted their ass making a great app? Grow.up, wanker.

Did I mention you're a wanker?

Wanker? I'm guessing you're British? You're not one to be giving lectures on free loading seeing as your country thinks socialism is the next sliced bread

No, I'm an American with an expansive slang vocabulary. And you're a wanker too. You can both be wankers together. How cute. Wanker.

I guess you don't own a home and pay insurance or a car and don't pay insurance on it either. I also bet you pay all your health care in cash.  Quiet as its kept, all that shit is "social." And if you own policies with any, you just as much a socalist as Mao. 

This app can't play XBM files.. Not yet.. Sorry partner.
This is pretty much useless for us users who want to use our music pass, but want a better playing experience... Great performing app, but no deal..

Lets all stop taking this guy so seriously, he's obviously smothered that comment with loads of sarcasm, to mock all the people that will start to complain about it not being free.

Yes. So much people act as they are a wise-guy :P. I spent $30 for all of my app. I appreciate their effort of course ;)

I come from the time in the 90s where any software pretty much was at least a $40 price. I'm more than eager to pay a couple bucks for a great app.

Then don't buy it, but don't litter the thread with the entitlement perspective that everything should be free.

Not free, I just wish my Canadian card would work on US regional settings (which I use for Cortana)

If you truly want to buy apps and support devs, change temporarily your region. It will work. I do it whenever I find an app worth buying. Once I bought it, I go back to US region.

Log on to your Windows phone store account from a computer and buy it they're and push the purchase to your phone. Works for me

It should include ads, it would be cool with an option to remove. Rudy makes more money from people that use his apps with ads than people who buy it.

Yes, but not everyone is Rudy... And not everyone likes to ruin screen real-estate, UI design and user experience with ads.

Plus the artist names are wrong on my phone. They show completely fine on Xbox music, but in this app, it says unknown...

This! Finally an app that gives me album art can't recognize the damn artist. I'm a huge music listener, so I'm seriously considering switching to iPhone. Xbox Music is an enormous downgrade from the WP7 Zune app, Microsoft doesn't know how to build a good music app anymore and all alternatives are either broken or lacking. This is really starting to get on my nerves.

Our folks are developing a music player for Windows Phone too, testing the beta and launching it soon.



At this point, Daniel, why even bother with these people? If it ain't free...they complain. If it has ads...they complain.  If it's free with no ads, but isn't as good as they want...they complain.  It would have to be no ads, free and mind blowing amazing and then they might not...nah, they'd still find something to complain about.  They'd probably spam the thread with "Who cares, I'm waiting for (insert app)". 

Spot on reply.... And as per usual, WP Central descends into moronic comments and name calling. This forum should be called Windows Phone Complainer's Central (AKA, "I can't use my phone properly, so I will blame the OS and continually whine about battery drain rates and that it's not Android" Central)



wow... just answer a comment as to why... doesn't sound like your the editor in chief. You're getting way too personal, it's their opinion men "don't be cheap"???

Way too personal? Did I bring up something in his personal life? You folks can have your opinions and challenge each other all the time, so can I ;)

Please don't define my job for me, as I only live up to my own standards, no one else's here. It bothers me when devs, especially indie ones who make apps part-time, get asked for free things. People here can have their opinions, I don't delete them, but I will question them.

Simply put: Devs (that's developers in tech talk for someone uneducated like yourself; sometimes a company, other times just one person) don't make money off downloads. They make money off of you, the user. Free is never free, as the app includes ads to make up revenue for the dev to use in other app-making ventures. Or, for those who don't like ads, a premium pricing is set so ads can be removed. So, forgive me for being upfront and even comical, but things, such as apps, take time and money to make, you naive, uneducated thing-of-a-jig! ;) (smack)....the end :) (applause).....and fail, all of this was covered earlier. ......*wallows off the stage in shame*

Well, with free stuff it's usually the case that u are the product. Your data, email, preferences etc are sold to the highest bidder. I'd rather have to buy a quality app for a mere 2 dollars than have my personal data being sold over and over again to all sorts of sketchy companies spamming the hell out of my email for example. 

Of course, paying for an app is in no way a guarantee that devs won't sell your data anyways, but i'm thinking it is way less likely since the app is already a 'source of income' for the dev. And c'mon, 2 dollahs. What do you get for 2 dollars nowadays? I can tell you as a European, almost nothing over here, since they don't accept em in stores here. :P

Not really. Looks simplistic and fine to me...definitely not Metro (or whatever they are calling it these days) but elegant nonetheless.

Funny how a version 1 app by an independent developer is still more usable than the 3rd major iteration of a music app by the world's largest software maker for it's own platform. That's actually downright shameful.

Remember: first version, with just 1 developer.

Doesn't stuff like this make you want to get into MS HQ and start shooting people?

I'm actually cool with Xbox music but I'm still going to try this app. Seems like a very simple user friendly interface. Good video Daniel Rubino

because some guy put really a lot of efforts in developing this app and now he is looking for somebody to pay his party months... I think that sounds like a fair deal?!

I know with 99% certainty the answer is, "No," but is there ANY way the app can use my Microsoft log-in info to read and play my Music Pass music?

Yeah, I know the article says no, and I know the answer is no, but a man can dream, can't he?

From what I know, yes it's possible. Microsoft opened Xbox Music to developers a couples of months ago, so unless there is something I don't understand, it should be possible.

It's a good question, but I don't know the ins and outs of that API. I also haven't heard of any other apps using it in such a way but there's always the chance we missed it.

GoMusic is able to read Xbox Music Pass music. Not sure what the developer did differently to enable it.

Listen can also playback downloaded Xbox Music Pass files too. I'm not sure why or what the differences are between the apps that prevent OneMusic from doing so.

I don't know but I think it's 2 different thing. with GoMusic if you click on the song (with the volume up and down) it will open Xbox Musix. With listen (who don't work really great right now with music pass) and Onemusic ... it's the app (listen or GoMusic)

Just bought it, it's pretty quick!
But, it'd be nice if the option in the settings to choose the "startup page" was there, because it isn't.
Otherwise, I love it.

Same here. I don't understand why they say in the article that it isn't there "for obvious reasons" since Microsoft made it possible for developers to use Xbox Music a couple of months ago. So unless there is something I don't understand, it should be possible to add it.

Someone said that Microsoft opened up XBox Music up for developers. Maybe it will get integrated into this app.  Is the developer listening?  More sales with XBom Music Pass compatibility. :)

If this had Xbox Music compatibility I'd definitely bite. I can't use a music player which doesn't play 95% of my library..

Just downloaded the trial. I like the interface, gorgeous really, but I already have a few problems:

1. Missing album art. I'll give credit where credit is due: It finds more album art than Xbox music, but the fact that my music is tagged to hell and it can't find album art is a tad irritating.

2. Split artists. Even xbm surprisingly didn't do this. Again, my music is tagged, so there should be no reason for this.

3. Scrolling. It seems only the left side of the app can be scrolled on. This is actually frustrating as I scroll on my 925 with my right thumb, and I thought my screen gave out.

Alas, it appears only Nokia Mix can really interpret the metadata correctly, which is a shame, because I don't particularly enjoy the interface. Can't win any I guess.

Like all apps that hammer the SD card this one breaks the access to my SD card untill I reboot the phone.
WP just seems to forget that I have an SD card installed. pretty annoying; am I the only one with this issue?

lumia 1520

Most of the comments are about the app not being free, you guys are pathetic. Here's a tip: go buy an android phone and download all the apks you need, it's a pretty good platform nowadays. Great for you and great for us, a little less morons to stand.

I'm pathetic for having general knowledge? Fine then, I'm happy with that. Knowledge is good I'll have you know.

I know that it is unfair to the developer for the app to be free as he put a lot of work towards the app. when I saw that the app was paid I thought "what a bummer". I wished it could be free with ads with the option to remove them. If I could pay for the app, I'd gladly do it, but I don't have any credit cards or any other process of payment that Microsoft accepts. that's the reason I don't buy apps. So, before bashing those who comment that the app should be free, think why they ask so. there are reasons.

"I wished it could be free with ads with the option to remove them."

That's a totally reasonable and valid request, and when asked as such is the kind of constructive criticism devs want to hear. But merely asking for it for free doesn't convey that notion, hence my defensiveness.

Set up a Bing rewards account and you can get store credit. I'm in the same position as you, and that's what I'm doing.

love it and will probably buy it. loving the clean and fast interface. i was kind of hoping for gapless playback support; maybe that will come in a future update.

Me too. This has a very nice, clean, fast UI which I really like but it barely finds any album art and can't play anything you download from XBM, so I fail to see how this can be pushed as an alternative to XBM app.

Didn't you just complain about XBox Music up the thread a bit? I believe you called it "lagbox".  The only feature you seem to care about is "free".

Artist background
Add album art
Shake to skip
Play music by folder
Some kind of rating system 4 favs
Live tile
Lockscreen integrate

If only it had Xbox music pass access and ability to manage and sort personal music I would never use Xbox music again and this app would be easily worth $20, in fact I'd pay even more just to piss off the Xbox music team(don't put that on your resume) and the garbage app.

Oh come on... No playlists that I've created from MediaMonkey... Available in every other player... indluding crappy xbox music. You seriously must fix this.

Yep.. same.. a lot of songs are not playable.. I'm starting to regret having paid the app (except for the satisfaction to have helped a developper)..

I've got to say, this app is really beautiful. One (tiny) complaint: the left/right swipe on the pivot is to sensitive, I keep changing the pane while just trying to scroll up and down.

I really like it. Too bad the headphone jack is broke on my 928, so it makes this, or any other music app useless :-\

Bluetooth headset?  There are some decent stereo ones out there in the $50 neighborhood.

Great and fast app, but i only have Xbox Music subscription. Microsoft should .make this default player. If I had many mp3s I would have bought the app. Worth it.

I really like the app. The only problem I have with it is that us not searching my music on the SD card. Thanks to the developer for his effort on the platform.

Does this app have the annoying sound skip between songs that Xbox Live Music has? if not, then it a must buy.

Looks promising, but just as useless as xbox music until it supports the playlists already synced to the phone. More than happy to pay for it, but playlist support is the one area of xbox music that really sucks for me, and this is even worse because it doesn't show ANY. Does anyone know why playlist support is so difficult on WP? Everything looks fine through the old music hub (I'm using the Music Hub Tile to get to that), but when I use xbox music, there are playlists that are missing, duplicated, or incomplete.

try downloading Zune desktop and make your playlists there, they will show up in your music library and when you sync music thru the wp app you will find a Folder titled Playlists. You can add them to the phone there.

Strange thing is, that playlist folder is already filled with playlists, but the only way I can seem to access those is through the old music hub, via the Music Hub Tile app. Not one of them was recognized by OneMusic, and xbox music seems to pull from a completely different place altogether. 

I sync my iTunes playlists to WP using the WP app for desktop (because the metro app is a p.o.s.). The desktop app does a good job of finding all of my iTunes playlists and transferring them over. And they are definitely there because I can see them and use the music hub to access them.

Xbox music uses drm, which immediately makes it shit. This is why I buy CDs it means that companies can't dick around with what I listen to my music on.

are you talking about songs that you actually bought or songs that you downloaded for offline listening?

Promoting this app seems unethical. If the author of the app isn't already violating trademarks of Microsoft, he's likely squatting. It stands to reason that after "XBox One" and "OneDrive" Microsoft would use "OneMusic" or something similar. Aside from the simple lack of ethics, you seem to be biting the hand that feeds you, in a way.

MS would ask the developer to rename the app if it does so I'm sure there is not going to be that problem, I'm sure MS not gonna risk to lose a good developer for WP

Are you saying that it's okay to 1) violate trademarks or squat, 2) promote apps that violate trademarks or squat, or 3) do both because the victims have legal recourse? That would be a very strange, anti-social opinion.

No. I think the poster is saying that if MS has an issue, they probably would have asked the developer to change the name. And ultimately, I don't see how tho in infringing in any way. I mean, should Microsoft go and sue the band OneRepublic because they have the word One in its name?

Microsoft provides software, hardware, and related services. If a business doing those things already uses One* brands, they can probably sue Microsoft. What would a band, sausage maker, or some business other than one producing software, hardware, and related services have to do with a discussion about Microsoft's trademarks?

"Promoting this app seems unethical. If the author of the app isn't already violating trademarks of Microsoft, he's likely squatting."

That's kind of an odd accusation. Look up a trademark for OneMusic and see if Microsoft owns it. My guess is they don't. Why would they rename Xbox Music to OneMusic when they just re-branded from Zune? You expect them to re-brand every two years after the big Xbox Music push with Windows 8?

Regardless, what Microsoft potentially does in the future is the future's potential issue, not today. There are no trademarks's here being violated, but feel free to prove me wrong.

I'm sorry to break the news to you, but British Sky Broadcasting filed suit against Microsoft for using "Sky" in SkyDrive and for being a company providing similar products. I guess you need more tipsters. When Microsoft sends an infringement letter to these obvious infringers, I'll let you know.