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This is how you will control background music on the Xbox One

Thanks to an early version of an unannounced podcasting app for Xbox One, we've been able to activate background music on the console and get an idea of how it works in practice.

When you boot an app that utilizes background music, it appears in the Xbox One's Guide menu, triggered by double-tapping the Xbox button on the console. The audio track you're playing is displayed at the top of the menu previously used only for snapping, complete with the necessary metadata. In this example, we're using Episode 22 of our own OneCast podcast. All of this this means that background music is available in the current Xbox One Preview, the apps simply need to utilize it.

You can adjust the audio level easily using the slider as depicted in the screenshot above. While track skipping didn't function for this particular third-party podcasting app, it seems as though it just needs to be enabled by the developer. Expect apps like the upcoming UWP version for Microsoft Groove to utilize this straight away.

Tapping on the dual arrow button sends you back to the source of the audio, whether it's a music app, a podcasting app or otherwise. I would also like to note that switching back to the podcasting app was incredibly fast in the latest Xbox One Preview build, and should make multitasking a dream on apps designed specifically for the Universal Windows Platform.

We're finally getting a glimpse at the full potential Windows 10 will unlock on the Xbox One. Developers both large and small will be able to target televisions in the living room via the Windows Dev Center for the first time, hopefully bringing huge benefits to Windows 10, Mobile, and HoloLens. The future of UWP is incredibly bright folks.

Thanks Dr Dornon for the tip!

Jez Corden
Jez Corden

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

31 Comments
  • I hope it syncs my podcasts that I have listedned to on my windows phones. or replaces the one on windows phones so it sycns like a uwa across the board.  as for music control i hope that i can controll it from my phone like throw a song from my phone at the tv or press play on xbox...  
  • odd my xbox isn't showing this update yet. I wonder if it went in phazes. I will check again tommorow. off to bed. morning jezz.
  • This is available only in preview. :) Background music is active, but requires an app that actually uses it to function. I didn't write which app uses it because I didn't want to announce it in case the developer wanted to reveal their app themselves. I'm going to ask them for permission though, cus it's a supremely good app.
  • I'm in the preview program what's the app? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • search for the app CAST
  • you must get the special preview. more special then me. lol i am a preview tester lol.
  • Right? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • YouTube ? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Class
  • It's just getting better and better love the preview program and wat we are seeing Microsoft just gets better
  • As long as they add in Spotify! The ps4s system is brilliant.
  • Spotify just recently said no plans for Xbox, they're focusing on PS4.
  • Aye, seems exclusive
  • Boooo! It's a good thing I dropped them ages ago then. I hope Groove, i heart radio, Pandora, and others implement background music. Although I still have at least another year with Groove, I'll happily subscribe to whoever else joins background music.
  • Rather Deezer support. It's UWP already, so I have high hopes. Or both of course. Next to Groove.
  • I would. Love grooveshark.
  • Looked everywhere still can't figure out background music no new apps
  • Search for cast in the store, it isn't officially released on Xbox so expect issues
  • Tell us this app!!!! or at least hint at it for us! Throw us a bone jez please!!!!
  • Yeah, man! Where's the Podcast app!?
  • Search for cast, it is still not officially out so expect problems
  • What app is that?
  • I'm thinking it's threw the dev build for the one
  • I doubt it,it's in the current preview build is wat he said! For the life of all involved tell us jez, or so help me ill come to your offices set up a job interview, work for you for several years slowly but surely gaining your trust, then leak all the specific details to WikiLeaks and ... GOOGLE! MWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA
  • So what happens to game audio when you're using background music? Is it going to be like the Xbox 360 where the game's soundtrack is muted and all you hear are the sound effects?
  • This is what I'm wondering. And I think it used to mute all music during a cut-scene did it not? It was really well done.
  • Streaming music services would be great, but it needs to recognize one dlna sources so I can stream from my network store or worst case, let me use external/internal storage--or hell, onedrive. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • For those wondering what app it is. It's "Cast" a uwp app. It will show up if you search for it in the store.
  • Just searched for "cast" nothing came up. >:( Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • *Update* I searched under all and I found it. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Ok *casts* can be used in the background but not iheartradio? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android