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Microsoft opens Xbox Music to all developers with full access to catalog, streaming and more

The Xbox Music team made a big announcement today, releasing new APIs designed to let third-party developers build apps around Microsoft's music service. Microsoft previously piloted such a program back in December, but today's announcement opens it for the rest of the world without needing to apply.

The announcement post gives even more details of the new API, including complete information on how to implement many new features. Developers have full access to Xbox Music's 38 million track catalog available in 23 countries. Furthermore, there is an affiliate program whereby developers can earn a 5 percent share on purchases and a massive 10 percent on all music pass payments for the lifetime of the subscription.

The new API will give open access to the following features:

  • 38 million songs
  • Artist and album images
  • Search the catalog for artists, albums and tracks
  • Full access to 30 second MP3 previews for entire catalog
  • Access to full track streaming for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
  • Single sign-in integration with Microsoft Account or access key via Azure Data Market
  • User authenticated features of Xbox Music: Read the subscriber's music library and playlists, add new music content or create new playlists (Pilot program only)

Microsoft's opening of the Xbox Music API is a significant step for the company to combat Amazon, Google and Apple, whose music stores are much more accessible. In order to read a subscriber's music library or to add new content, developers still need to apply to the Pilot Program. All other features of the API though are now open.

Assuming developers begin to implement Xbox Music in apps for Windows Phone, Windows and competing platforms it could make Xbox Music a more powerful service. Clearly Microsoft is betting a lot on Xbox Music. Hopefully, we'll see developers adopt this API and release more robust music apps for users.

Source: Xbox Music for Developers; Thanks, MA7mgte#WP, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

258 Comments
  • Great. Finally some good news for the day ! :) Looks like MS devs got frustrated with so much of negative feedback that they finally decided to take this step and open it up to other developers. :P
  • Great news indeed...yet the music player is still buggy and slow as hell...
  • Yes! Yes, yes, YEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!
  • Competition is good :)
  • Seems that way. For 2 years now it just seems they can't be bothered with the music app. Now they wont have to. Such a shame.
  • Omg the sly buggers. This just may have saved the day. Now someone develop an epic app and I got 10 hot ones here for them
  • First person to develop an app with a Zune or Xbox style screensaver wins!
  • This is EXCELLENT news!  This means some talented developer can make a Zune-like music player for WP8.1, Windows 8.1 (and even a desktop sync client!).   But, I almost feel like this is them giving up on their own app.  Which I hope is not the case.
  • Ya I want someone like Rudy Huyn to make a music app for Windows Phone
  • +928
  • And make it free
  • Please stop
  • With ads because developers have to support themselves too... But with a pay to remove ads like all of his other apps.
  • Only problem is ads dont for for music apps unless they require you to interact with it to get rid of the ad witch is inconvenient for most people
  • Go, rudy! 6music is coming! :)
  • maybe 6box Mu6 by Dr. Huyn
  • 6Zik
  • +RM-938
  • Rudy is a satanic
  • Lol!.. What?
  • I think he's one of those foil-hat wearing people that think anything with the number 6 in it is somehow evil. 666 AMGZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!
  • Lol!!!.. Now I understand what he's saying.
  • Voted Up!!!
  • Seriously. This is great news for Xbox Music (which I'm a subscriber of).   I guarantee Rudy Huyn could make an Xbox Music app 10x better in 1/10th the time. Now we just need to integrate either Google Music or have MS finally release this "OneDrive Music Locker" thing that there were whispers of... Lets make it happen!
  • Yea OneDrive Music would be sick. Google Music is a great service. Great way to have an entire collection in the cloud. But I wondered if it's because they don't to combat sales of Xbox Music.
  • OneZik
  • I sure hope that's not their reasoning as it has no basis in my book. It's music people already own. Why the hell would I get Xbox Music just to listen to music I already own? I have Xbox Music for music that I don't already own. I want to be able to listen to music I already own where ever I am like you can with Google Music. Google Music is the perfect solution for me but alas I'm a dumb sheepish MS follower... Google Music - 20,000 songs that you own, hosted in the cloud and you can pay the same $9.99 monthly fee as Xbox Music and get access to Google Play's music collection. It's exactly what Xbox Music needs to be.
  • Shhh.
  • rudy your time has come(again) your the hero gothem needs(again)
  • Does that mean that they have given up on there native music app?! Or they have got less interest in it now?!
  • Actually there are plenty and more talented developers out there...
    Apps like 6tag are buggy and slow (still better than official Instagram).
    And lately he's done few or nothing.
    I still love his work but even other developers deserve his fame
  • The apps work perfectly for me.
  • I agree 100% there are shit loads of talented devs who are better than Rudy, not saying Rudy is bad or anything but he is soooo overrated. Respect other devs too..
  • Riff raff?? Is that you??
  • Hahahah I see what you did there :)
  • I'd rather see myTubes developer make an app. Rudy keeps drifting further away from Windows Phone's design-language. Especially with 6cloud.
  • THISS!!!! I freaking love that app. Everything about it!!
  • Mytube is the best app ever. Period.
  • Fuck yeah mytube dude give us the goodness
  • I second that. 1000pts
  • mYtube +720
  • That's a good news :D
  • Watch the comment counter rise.
  • When I read the push notification on my phone I thought Microsoft opened up Xbox music for all countries, and got excited. But then, I read this. :'(
  • Haha, I can understand, I thought the same. And also thought all songs are for free, lol.
  • Me too
  • Same exact thought here... But its still a good news!
  • I might be the only one who is satisfied with xbm. It's not the best player ever, and does have it's shortcomings, but its not the worst one also. It works for me and I plan on sticking to it in the future.
  • I've been subscribed since it was Zune Pass. The apps are a bit of a letdown in comparison to how the Zune software worked. However the app on my Surface 2 works great now and has pretty much since I got it around release; the WP has gotten progressively better and has never never unuseable for me; and I use it on my Xbox and it all syncs up pretty good. I'm almost completely satisfied with it.
  • Yeah. I love waiting up to 3 minutes for my "artists" list to load completely. (I have a huge cloud collection). Its a joke.
  • Try having your huge download collection break and need to be downloaded again. Best part was I did it while I was driving so torched a months worth of data in 10 minutes.
  • Then we can expect better integration between Xbox Music and MixRadio now. Maybe MixRadio could support DRM also!
  • MixRadio probably could have done it earlier if they wanted via the pilot program; but yeah, hopefully that'll still happen
  • Rudy. I want to see a 6Music app as soon as possible.
    Sincerely Everyone
  • +920 +920 +1520
  • We shouldn't trouble him everytime. He works hard for us just because companies don't want to make apps for us coz they are bribbed and lazy.
  • Like SiriusXM!
  • Been wanting Sirius app forever.
  • Not speaking for me.
  • Yeah, not me either 
  • Genuinely interested, why wouldn't you want Rudy to make an Xbox Music app? Is it because you don't want a new app? If so, why?  Or because you'd want someone else to build it? And if so, who? :)
  • Call it 6BeatsByDre.
  • 6Zune
  • Time for an upgrade, 7une.
  • Hopefully we'll have plenty to choose from! Maybe 8une too?
  • Yes. Just do it Rudy! Cash in hand!
  • There are other devs too Jesus. Learn to respect other devs -_-
  • Ok then. Make one. Cash is still in hand for you too.
  • Venetasoft is a good dev
  • Most WP fans know this.
  • Doesn't matter who. Just tired of some respectable music players opening with the disclaimer that "unfortunately we can't play Xbox DMR tunes." I would imagine there will be a slew of apps that already exist getting the treatment as we speak.
  • Jealousy rating: Master Chaos5
  • It's like they are giving up their own app. Lets hope others can give it a more visual and stunning look. And faster!!!
  • I don't see it that way at all. Think of how apps like Shazam work that let you look up songs on Xbox Music to buy. That is now open to all developers. It's not just for music players, but any type of app that is music orientated. Make a fan app for your favorite band? Tie into Xbox Music., etc.
  • Don't get me wrong I'm very positive that they are doing it. We might see this on windows 8.1 platform as well
  • Agree, for example Shazam is still currently sending allot of traffic/links outside the Microsoft ecosystem, it event forwards links to iTunes! On a RT or Windows Phone that is no good anyway, the further access should stop the likes of Shazam devs moaning and do some proper work as they did for iOS.
  • Yeah... But that part of the API already existed. That was the Xbox music API until today actually. With it you could look up information about the artist/album /song playing. In all sincerity, the news today is the ability to play back songs from the Xbox music library provided you have a subscription. I too think it's the devs giving up a little their own app.
  • I don't think they're giving up, but I assume that, as ever, with whatever HUGE CHANGES are happening to Windows (again!) next year some of the larger updates they were planning (such as the new Start menu and windowed modern apps in Windows 8.1, and Office Gemini) are being pushed back so their time and effort can be put into building them using whatever new stuff they have going on with Threshold. Or I hope that's the reason, anyway, if what we have right now really is the best this team can do I would really dispair! Opening it up to third parties gives them huge leeway to just continue to make the official app better in tiny increments, as they have been doing, while devoting their resources to what comes next (like what they did with the Windows Phone 8 GDRs) and allowing all the amazing community devs to build some really exciting and unique experiences. Such as a wholesale ripping off of the ZuneHD experience, for example! PLEASE! ;) It's not good, I mean both iOS and Google already have first class music experiences (and Android L? Jeez the music in that looks incredible!) and MS needs to do whatever they can to build that first class experience for its users asap. At least the Windows 8.1 app is pretty good now, as is the web app. As an aside, using this API could devs build desktop apps too? I'm imagining an Xbox Music desktop app that runs on both Windows 7 and 8+ that will be able to connect with a modern app on a WP8 device to wirelessly sync music rather than only the cloud...
  • How is it like that?
  • Weren't they planning on doing a similar thing with SMS?
  • No please, but they should enable some kind of way to enable IMs to tie into the threads in messages, like you could do with FB and WLM before.
  • I miss this functionality so much! Has made messaging a huge pain in the ass.
  • No, that was a misunderstanding of the SDK.
  • Thanks!  I could never figure out the right Google query to use to try and figure out what happened to that "feature".  
  • Daniel.. Will developers be able to make live tiles with graphics, like the old XBM tile?.. I know it's unrelated, but why don't developers have access to this?
    ..........
    It would be really helpful for users if we could get informative muzic tiles..
  • @rodneyej: +920 I fully agree, the old wp7 XBM tile ruled.
  • Just imagine if developers could make tiles like the WPC tile,, showing the current song, and upcoming songs in a short list... That's what we need❕❕
  • I like what you're thinking. A beautiful large tile showing your fav bands even when you're not playing anything (just like wp7), but then taken to the next level by showing useful info when you are listening to music! :D
  • Yes❕ Seriously? This is where WP could use a XL tile option like in W8.. I would seriously use it just for my music tile..
  • Such a missed opportunity. Allowing Facebook Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, and others to link directly to a contact and the messaging app would have been incredible.
  • Finally! Now there can be a way better music app than Xbox Music. Specifically the store part sucks hugely compared to the old one. And I miss the music store integrated in the app store too... But devs, let the XBM app developing begin! Might try it out myself :D
  • Sounds like good news for all those music apps ya'll been mentioning. Being able to access my Xbox Music subscription though them would actually make me try them out.
  • Agreed. Haven't tried many music apps due to Music pass.
  • Exactly.
  • I think Rudy needs to make a XBox Music app...
  • And Liquid Daffodil❕
  • This is rad! I can't wait to see some custom stuff. Hate to say it, but but we will probably see Microsoft's music app go away.
  • Great. Was this the teaser couple of days ago which claimed to shake the WP world?
  • Lawl
  • Doubt it, it doesn't seem like something to shake the whole world, just the music industry
  • Awesome news! Time to learn to code!
  • If your intrested I recommend you to try Channel 9. Really informative tutor Bob Tabor. Heres the Link for the beginners series:  http://channel9.msdn.com/series/C-Fundamentals-for-Absolute-Beginners/01 This is where I learned to Code and I wasnt even expecting to grasp it this quickly. Hope it Helps
  • Does this mean we can finally have the Zune app or something similar, even if from a third party developer?
  • Oh .. Yes .. Please, I missed the Zune App to zinc and organized al my music, please bring it back!!
  • The last music update this morning totally destroyed my ability to play music. The phone heats up and eats the battery.
  • That's not normal.. My music experience is better than ever with the last update..... Your update got botched... It's ok, but I'm sorry you're gonna have to hard reset, unless you can find a way to revert back to a previous update.
  • I'd like to see:
    * MixRadio implement these capabilities.
    * The Zune team to take this opportunity to do an after work project and bring back their old glory!
    * The indie devs do what they do and maybe we'll have as many XBox Music apps as we have great weather apps! :)
  • Yeah. The Zune team really should get back into the glory. They had an amazing thing going before MS decided to kill it off. Good ol' days, it was.
  • When I got my first WP7 .. IT was so great to zinc my Zune HD and my phone using the Zune app .. Great UI .. So easy to use!
  • Zune + Cortana = Beast
  • So Rudy can build the superior app again? Sweet.
  • This is awesome, can't wait for 6sic
  • Thank you MS for finally giving up, now maybe someone will build a great app!!!
  • 6sic or 6music, hmm...
  • Praise the gods.  Now can we get rid of the unholy piece of crap that has become satans child -  "Xbox Music" -  from Microsoft?  Developers take note.....you have the opportunity to make a lot of cash here.  I will happily pay $4.99 or more for an outstanding app that does everything WELL!  Please can I have it by 5pm Eastern Time?
  • I'll pay that too...but only if they can build a quality video player like MX that allows all video codec to be used..
  • Opportunity to make a lot of cash from the minority who are willing to pay. I'd be happy to pay if it's proven to be a great app but others might not. Better to make the app free with ads and allow in-app purchases to get rid of them and add extra features. I mean, devs still make money from ads and there's potential they could earn more over the app lifetime via ads than they would from a one-off fee...
  • Can I add Qur'an to the service?
  • +920, make it free too!
  • Great Idea. BTW are you a Devoloper cause am looking for someone to help me with my new upcoming app. I guess you can understand why i asked YOU :)
  • No, unfortunately I'm not a developer, but I know a good Muslim developer.
    Contact me via mail:
    F.b.mukbil@hotmail.com
  • Sure thanks. Btw May I ask where in Saudi
  • Maybe at last we will be able to have an app like the old xbox music app *fingers crossed*
  • Aren't we (the ones using Preview for Developers) also kinda developers? Can we access all those 38 million songs? :D
  • Great news....good move... Glad.
  • Impressive said after 6 pints on my 7th
  • That's awesome! Hopefully we can see "Play to" from Nokia utilize this and maybe, pretty please a Sonos app?
  • ..with sugar on top!
  • I was waiting for someone else to get excited about the possibility of Sonos integration. An official Sonos controller and Xbox music integration would be so sweet. Alas though after 2 years I've learned to not get too excited. Hope hurts.
  • Great news. Tempted to make a music app now. One that doesn't lag to all hell!
  • So they realized they can't build a music app and passed the torch.
  • This. Sad and good at the same time.
  • Niceeeeee
  • 6music by Dr. Rudy...
  • Time for a Sonos App????????
  • They threw in the towel? "Ah screw it, just make your own!" ha ha! 
  • Finally...someone with a large set of kahunas' got them to listen and get someone else to fix things..
  • Thanks for this very good news Daniel
  • Excellent news
  • Does this mean that we might possibly to get xbox music service in Sonos, sometime in the future?
  • Does this mean SOMEBODY is going to be able to create an app that works with our collection that DOESN'T screw with the metadata?  I painstakingly edit every bit of my collection, even freshly ripped or downloaded music, to get the metadata right.  Then Music on the phone and PC jack with it and plug songs into albums or artists that are not at all like my collection.  I want the apps to read MY metadata, NOT what is in Microsoft's often-inaccurate repository.
  • ^+1520
  • Oh Sh!Te! This is awesome. With my subscription to Xbox Music I really hope someone creates an app worthy of my time.
  • That 10% on music pass payments sounds pretty nice for developers.
  • I don't know why Microsoft thinks they have to reinvent the wheel with their music player for every new Windows Phone software release. When something works they should stick with it.
  • Zune died off in WP7 (plus WP8 is on a new kernel), WP8 had a music app that could only be updated with OS updates, which leads to today's Music app. I think it makes sense as to why Microsoft remade the app so many times, now they're taking it a step forward and letting others developers take advantage of what they've collected, in terms of the catalog. Nice moves Microsoft, nice moves. :)
  • There was nothing wrong with the music player only updating with the OS. Get it right first time, and it loads shiploads faster than this new piece of Sh*t. iOS have it as part of the os and they do just fine. Separating the apps from the OS was Microsoft's dumbest decision yet from a performance standpoint.
  • +9000000000000000000000000
  • So they gave up with the app and just decided to hand it to the developers to make an alternative music player... I'm ok with this
  • YES! This is amazing news. Now apps like OneMusic can add support for DRM-protected music support and I won't have to be stuck with Xbox Music's buggy app... It has improved immensely over time but whatever they're using to make that app isn't working.
  • I just want something to play my music without a music pass that's all!
  • You already have that.
  • I constantly have to fight to keep my music the way I want it....i shouldn't have to, the music player should see my music and just play it not rearrange it, change the album art or take away album art because it can't find the matching one...or change my playlist! If that is something that works for you then I guess you can be happy with that but I'm not
  • You can get OneMusic. MixRadio will play your music. I think there are even more options.
  • Its sad that everyone turns to Rudy. We need more developers and better branding than 6*
  • He's got talent. He should open shops to train and share his secrets. He should also consider opening a firm dedicated to developing apps for companies. MS should fund it.
  • Soo TRUE its like a natural talent to some people and Rudy is one TALENTED person. Not saying that there arent others but right now he is in the Radar and everyone seems to know him in our Community  
  • Developers..all eyes on you now...hope to rudy huyn..mix radio...& still hope that MS do better their own app...sad if it comes to know that MS give up...& hope best app come our way soon..
  • This still won't solve the dilema of non-baked apps launching slowly.  I still use the hidden Music Hub (now called Music Backstop), and it launches instantly with zero lag and I can control artist wallpaper via MPAtool.  Without an OS-level update to fix the hook-in integration for apps, no matter how amazing a developer is, we won't see a smooth baked-in-like experience.
  • Yes..but doesn't work worth a chit for 8.1
  • I use MPATool all the time on the old music hub app and am running 8.1. No problems. Am hoping this function and the ability to integrate it with the live tile on the start screen is something they allow the devs to do.
  • Agree, this is a pathetic step backwards and an admission of failure by the incompetent WP team.
  • It was a terrible idea to decouple just about every feature of WP8 just to have an app that can be updated as they see fit, it doesn't matter how many updates we get for these apps, like you mentioned earlier, WP8.1 runs like shit (not all the time, but the majority of time it does) and I blame it on all the apps that make up most of WP8.1. I can no longer say, "it runs so silky smooth, all day everyday"
  • This. I even tweeted Joe and told him the experiment is over, we all had our fun, now put the apps back in the OS before shit goes further down the drain...did he listen? Oh of course not. The team are delusional :P ha
  • Please somebody, build an awesome dedicated music player! I would myself if I knew how.
  • If your intrested I recommend you to try Channel 9. Really informative tutor Bob Tabor. Heres the Link for the beginners series:  http://channel9.msdn.com/series/C-Fundamentals-for-Absolute-Beginners/01 This is where I learned to Code and I wasnt even expecting to grasp it this quickly. Hope it Helps
  • Is that for ABSOLUTE beginners with zero programming experience??
  • Yes Sir. I personally had zero experience in programming. Tried other sites but couldn't get a hang of it. Then I was recommended to try this one and am now in the stages of releasing my first app. Regards btw sorry for the late reply
  • Does that mean, we will get third party music player app which has the functions of Xbox music but I'm a different UI with less bug?
  • Yay!! I hope developers add the ability to scrobble streamed music to Last.fm!!
  • Same here!
  • Just looking for an app that will play MY (as in I already paid for it) music from OneDrive without insisting that I buy it again from Xbox.
  • Quick, someone remake Zune Player !
  • Lol I said the same thing
  • Seems trollier
  • Sounds more like Android L & Google's latest acquisition of Songza has the people at Redmond finally springing into action. 
  • Are the masses demanding a...gasp...unofficial app?
  • No choice in the matter since Microsoft can't get it done....I guess the students can't figure these kind of issues out
  • Hey, I never care who makes the app. I want the BEST product. It's just these people wet themselves like a drunk cult whenever they get to utter the word "official" and its so desperate and needy. NOW they are OK with "unofficial" XBox Music apps. Probably because it lacks the important iEnvy ingredient.
  • Rudy, the community needs your talents again ;-)
  • Rudy is the jack Bauer of the Microsoft ecosystem
  • Does that mean we get a decent app for listening to locally stored songs. No not talking about the paid ones..something similar to old music and video with all features?
    Is Microsoft separating locally stored music from streaming music?
  • not sure I care? the app is terrible in windows phone but surely MSFT will get it right around the time the next windows phone small revision ships, in probably 18 months :)
  • Great. Quick somebody make a Zune app!
  • Now I can use third party music players. Was waiting on that.
  • Don't know if this would solve my problem: I want to be able to use songs in other apps..meaning they can read the DRM and have full control of the song whether on or OFFline!! I do DJing and the lack of ability to use a DJ tool with a service like this sucks.
  • From what I've read so far, yes.  But, the developers of your DJ tools will need to update them to utilize this new API in order to play those songs.  Now question is are they willing to do so.
  • Exactly. :) fat chance. :)
  • Well, since they'll be getting a cut of people's sub and purchases, I hope someone makes an AWESOME FREE! app :-)
  • Noone purchases music on xbox music. We just stream or download using the monthly pass. So no. Cheapskates like you need to pay.
  • Can Rudy please build a music player for us? I'm sure it will work much better than what we got right now.
  • I vote they buy out Win Amp and turn those guys loose on it
  • Someone call Johnny Westlake and tell them to fix their shit! Save us from Xbox Music Johnny! Also...do the same for the crap Xbox Video!
  • Microsoft dont let this be a sign that you are giving up on XBox Music app, it will not be good for the platform. I do like opening up the API though.
  • I wish N7 player would come to windows phone
  • time for those DJ apps to put this in.  
  • Well someone's gotta get the fucking thing right, since last update, I now have 2 lots of everything and even some of the albums have tracks missing.....pathetic...
  • Argh...so angry, writing twice now......I would regard this as a flagship/Premier app and MS are treating it like there've given up and cant figure out what's wrong with the damn app so their calling in 3rd party devs to come up with a better alternative because by Christ after these fortnightly updates this app should be flawless.....kinda.......
  • Seems quicker....oh sorry wrong post
  • I only ask for Last.FM native scrobbling. For beloved heaven's sake, I've been waiting for this since 2010 with Windows Phone 7 Series.
  • I wonder how many of you all used to complain about the Zune interface on WP7.   EDIT:
    Daniel or Sam, PLEAE clarify what this means so everyone can stop speculating what it is.
  • Is this the world changing upsetting news?
  • ONEDRIVE MUSIC SUPPORT...............all i want to do, is drag all my music into my 200gb Onedrive account, and be able to stream it through the music app on my Windows Phone - is that really too much to freaking ask for - apparently so
  • Easy now..I am working on adding Skydrive support to my media player. Before I do it, I want to make sure the player internals are as problem-free (and I have tested the heck out of it to make sure) as possible before I go adding features (testing is going well so far and I am working on a new method to speed up the save/load process).
  • Is anyone facing a random noise when song ends? It seem a huge problem to me after wp8.1.
  • No I get mine when I press the ff button on YouTube videos
  • Yes I get it too. Sometimes.
  • I hate Google bought songza...i would love to be able to hear a song and be able to go directly to Xbox music to buy add to a playlist or download it
  • Please...please...please bring us an official Sonos application!!
  • Perhaps Sonos will finally get their arse in gear and support xbox music!
  • Rudy if you make an app that lets me sort by what I own and what I'm subscribing too, lets me buy multiple tracks at once, delete whole albums with cloud storage and a SS I will gladly pay you, money is not an issue. In fact use Zune for awhile and make that your app bro.
  • I just have two simple request. Can someone ask the Xbox heads to update Xbox Music with higher quality artist pictures. It would like SO much better on my gorgeous windows phone screen.  And to give us a choice to either display the artist picture or the ablum art, again both in high quality.  I like to show off my phone. :-)  Thanks.
  • I personally like the OneMusic app (it was featured on here a few weeks ago). If they can build access to subscriber features into it, it'll be fantastic!
  • Good news there are so many super talented developers out there,
  • I would settle for MusicPass songs that play just fine on Zune also playing just fine on XBM.
  • Well I'll be damned. I just checked and a bunch of my songs from back in the days of Zune - which have resolutely refused to play since the switch to WP8 - now actually play. The only ones that don't are ones that also will no longer play in Zune (i.e., they are no longer available to subscribers). This has been driving me crazy since November 2012 and it's finally fixed with this update. And now, ironically, MS has opened up the system to let other devs release something far better than XBM anyway. Still, I'm happy.
  • Most of those errors for me were resolved within a few months of the Windows 8 launch, thankfully! When was the last time you checked?
  • "We can't seem to figure this thing out, so we're gonna let you guys take care of it..."
  • There doesn't appear to be anything in the API to accommodate ratings, which is a glaring omission and something that has me on the edge of bolting the WP platform.
  • Awesome.. But I do wonder why they fail to make xbox music work how we want it to.
  • Finally !!!! Which third party app will be taking advantage of this option?????
  • I am DEFINITELY taking advantage of this in my next update to Mobile Media Manager (update is still in testing, but not for long).
  • This may open up possibilities to awesome experiences for music pass subscribers. Now waiting for third party apps that can replace the Xbox Music app in my phone. Although it started feeling quite better after the latest update. Still not ready for prime time, but it is getting there. Let's see how the next update does.
  • YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!! Very good news :D
  • Mu6ic by Rudy Or Mu6ix by Rudy
  • Waiting for a win8 app that can be controlled by wp8 with full access to collection and playlists.
  • we're waiting on you Rudy Huyn :)
  • Need more news for new market. Still not available in my country
  • Someone needs to make a dj app or at least something that lets you set crossfade transitions for your tracks.
  • So happy for this. Posted via Windows Phone Central App for Android!
  • Excellent decision from ms... Now the app ll b made awesome in the next update... :p
  • Wow!!
  • Now, somebody can create an MPAtool-ish app for Xbox Music!
  • Yes..I loved MPATool and getting to choose how the artist playing in the music hub tile looked on my start screen. I wonder if anyone knows if the devs will be able to show that in a "live tile." I have an app published in the store and did't see that as an option while I was building mine.
  • Wow!! Well done Microsoft!! If you guys can't build a kickass music app at least you're giving the chace for someone else to do it.
    So, 6box music should be done by next week :)
  • It should be 6music.. Dont you think?
  • First one to make Zune w autoplaylists wins!
  • Haha! Yess!
  • Maybe developer can make a live tile which will show all the info above that we can change track from live tile itself. I bet if this was Google's OS they would have implemented interactive tiles already. Nokia FTW
  • I am going to use the API right now
  • UNABLE TO SET CUSTOM RINGTONES ON LUMIA 620   I know this is not the right place to post this but I am new here and cannot find anything related to my problem.   I downloaded a few ringtones from the web. The default storage location on my phone is SD Card. So they were downloaded to SD Card. I used the File Manager (Files) to copy them to Phone > Rigntones folder to set them as custom tones for my apps. But when I tried to do that, I could not find the tones copied to the Ringtones folder on my phone.  I then also tried to do it using a computer. Copied the tones to Phone using a computer, still no sucess.  Can anybody help? Is this a bug or am I doing something wrong? I have Lumia 620.
  • Not sure why it's not working for you. Best to ask on the Lumia 620 forum (or the Windows Phone 8 forum as this is probably an OS issue) rather than here, you're more likely to get help there.
  • Thanks for the help. I will check at 620 forums. I checked on my friend's 520 as well. It is not working even there. I reckon it happened with the update to set different tones for different apps..
    Thanks for the help :) Happy Weekend:)
  • Great news indeed. Wonder if they could do this with Skype. We could use a decent (ie..not completely crap) Skype App for WP.  
  • Waiting for the developers of Muzic Player and One Music to take advantage of these APIs..
  • f*king late!
  • Someone make a new Zune App NOW!
  • MEMO from the Desk of Nadya Satella: To the Xbox Music Development Team. If any of these independent developers beat you in accomplishing the goals set for your team... You will all be summarily FIRED!
  • oops Update - Sadya Natella..had the wrong metadata
  • Looks like Microsoft gave up trying to fix their xbox music app lol Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • YES!! :D Now, quick, someone make a music app that connects to the service which looks and works exactly like the ZuneHD interface please! :)
  • Best XBox Music related news in a very long time!
  • No mention so far of Audio Surf? I would love a few good games that use Xbox music on my phone, tablet, and Xbox (360 & One).
  • Audiosurf! I love that game on my PC, still playing it regularly! Would be great for it to come to Windows Phone!
  • Any change this means we might finally get a good alarm clock app? I travel a bunch and use my phone as my alarm. Would love to wake up to a playlist instead of a ringtone.
  • What a fucking joke, because they can't build tired own app, they have given up. I mean they only had three years to build one why stop now?
  • Dose this work for the people using the 8.1 preview?
  • I can't use my music xbox.... Can't discover new music and no streaming.. Anyone could help me please.