Xbox Music updated, start playlists using Cortana
Xbox Music has just been updated for those on Windows Phone 8.1. Now can you please stop asking? Last week we reported that an update was due for the Xbox Music app. We’re getting reports that the update is now available. Ready for an improved app?
Head into the Windows Phone Store and you’ll see ‘Music’ sitting at version 2.5.2842.0. The changelog for the update informs us that the following changes are present:
- General performance improvements
- Bug fixes
Yeah, that’s as detailed as it gets in the changelog, but we know there’s more there. Last week we learned about incoming Cortana integration and more. Here are the features that Microsoft aimed to include in this release:
- Numerous stability fixes, including many of the reported black screens
- Cortana integration is complete and now supports playing playlists by name
- UI polish to improve animations and transitions between UI views
- Improved messaging for encountered errors, such as unplayable content in collections
- Background initial sync of local and cloud content
We do see the Cortana integration. Say something like ‘Play, <name of playlist>’ to have a specific playlist start playing. The other changes above you’ll have to spot while playing around with the app a bit more. So far we’re noticing it to be zippier between transitions while navigating the app. It also seems to be a little more stable.
Grab the updated app and let us know what you think! We’re looking forward to the bi-weekly releases for this app. Look for another update in two weeks.
Download Music from the Windows Phone Store.
Thanks for the tip everyone!
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What I mean is that next time when someone who want to build and publish an app he\ she must test it and use it for long time and Xbox music app was available 1 year ago.
It even has a live tile, and doesn't load artist/song/album lists after the first time !
Open the Playlist section & tap "+"
Why are you shouting?
I have duplicate folders as well in my photohub and the last update I received was yesterday
Vote on it here: http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-suggestion-box/suggestions/5562516-don-t-limit-playlist-playback-to-100-songs
Nokia Mix Radio (formerly Nokia Music) for me please!
Lumia 820 India
WIll cortana seach music of the beatles in xbox music pass if it is not in my phone?
I Can say: Play pop music and play pop music that is on my collection on "cloud"! Is amazing!
It was pure crap, now it is much better
I received an update like a week ago with no problems and now I just can't. It seems kind of stupid to restrict regions when your suppose to replace the previous hub.
Xbox Music of Windows 8.1 is so good!
this didn't happen in wp8.
hope they fix this some time in the future.
Taking forever to start and list music.
100 songs limit is still there.
•I live in the U.S.
•tried it on my LTE data and on my wifi
If you can please help me out I'd appreciate it. :)
What about the regions where Xbox music isn't available.
Our music player is going to be shit for a long time now.