Microsoft publishes Xbox Music app for Windows Phone 8, focused on the cloud
Hot on the heels of Xbox Video coming to Windows Phone 8 today, Microsoft has also pushed out a separate app for Xbox Music. While we’ve known about the Video app coming, a separate one for Music was not expected this early.
Heading to the Windows Phone Store, you can find the app resting at just 6 MB in size. It does require a Xbox Music Pass account to log in, as this app seems more focused on the cloud (though it can access your local music as well). In addition, Microsoft has added back Radio and editable playlist support with the app, giving it a slight edge over the native version.
"Want the latest and greatest Xbox Music features on your phone? With the Xbox Music app and your Xbox Music Pass you can explore, stream and download millions of songs on your device. It’s the best way to get all the music you love on your Windows Phone."
- See artist details with pictures, bios, album lists, and related artists
- Manage your personal music collection, shared across all of your devices
- Explore top songs, featured artists, and recommended albums to easily discover new music
- Download songs for offline playback
- Create and manage playlists that automatically sync across your pc, tablet, Xbox, and the web
- Radio instantly creates playlists based on your favorite artists
- Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs
Once again, by having a separate app, Microsoft can dynamically update the Xbox Music service on the fly as opposed to having to roll them out in an OS update. For now, users can have two versions loaded on their phone, but in the future (Windows Phone 8.1) we envision Xbox Video and Music being separate apps all together and not baked in.
From the official post (opens in new tab) about the app: "Xbox Music Preview is available in all 22 markets where Xbox Music is available today... The full release will roll out in 2014. "
Regional availability: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States
We’ll follow up with a video and more info later, but for now, you can head into the Store to pick up Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8 (Music Pass required).
Thanks, WPScoops, for the tip!
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The Xbox Music & Xbox Vodeo apps just sit there...not flipping not updating, just "Android Looking". I'm sorry I love Microsoft but dislike some of their design choices. Btw, same for the Xbox Glass App.
Now we just need cloud collection management.
Off topic: Anyone know of an app that keeps you in the loop for new hits based on artists in your collection?
They better keep the current Video and Music app baked in the OS. For all those of us who don't want to pay for "passes" we won't use but can still have a central hub for media content we, ourselves, put on the phone.
As soon as the app opens, slide over to the screen with the list showing music, playlist, etc. Click on music before the sign in pops up, and you are in.
It see that you need to sign in... if I sign in, will it sync my collection to the cloud? I disabled the cloud locker in the baked in Music+Videos hub because I prefer having a local collection instead. Also is it faster than the current music hub? (which is already fast)
Also none of my music apps are in there. WTF?
No tile animation with artist on this app, but tile animation on the Music+Video tile, though that tile does not show the current song playing, you have yo go back to the new Xbox music tile to see that. Crazy.
Finally you can share what you are listening to with friends on Facebook, though getting to that is a little buried.
No recently played or history. Also just noticed that if the song title is too long, it doesn't scroll or truncate, it just cuts it off. Weird setup.
This app is strictly for the Xbox music pass.
Looks like a separate app needed for Podcasts. Not excellent.
Create and manage playlists that automatically sync across PC, tablet, Xbox, and the web
See artist details with pictures, bios, album lists, and related artists
Explore top songs, featured artists, and recommended albums to easily discover new music
Use the radio feature to instantly creates playlists based on your favorite artists
The Xbox Music Preview is available in all 23 markets where Xbox Music is available today, and Xbox said the full release will roll out in 2014. Check out the official Xbox blog for more details.
Enjoying the music,
Too many people look for nothing but issues instead of actually trying an app before going negative.