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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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436 Comments
  • Seems faster.
  • Yeah it does.
  • Play playlists from Cortana, excellent, off to try :D
  • All working fine now except still laggy sometimes and artwork does not show on lock screen. WIP. Also want swipe artwork for next song, which I believe is being returned soon. Loving the select playlist from Cortana ❤
  • Does anyone know when we're getting a new Xbox Music app?
  • They aren't going to release a "new" one, just update and fix the one we now have. It's far from perfect at the moment, but I'm certain they'll improve it to work even better than the one that was built into WP8. I know a lot of people are upset that they decoupled the music and games hubs from the OS itself, but I believe it's a very smart move as it now allows them to update the experience without having to send out an upgrade for the OS. Plus, if people don't want to use Xbox Music, they don't have to. There are many other apps, and WP8.1 is finally optimized to allow easier music management through the PC or Mac.
  • I agree, but from the beginning they should have built it to work perfect just few bugs here few there, and the oldest one- music and games - were and still great, useable, and the best.
    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.
  • Beginning?? 8.1 isn't even officially released to the general public.. What beginning are you referring too? Are you a developer? If not quit complaining and wait for the official release next round.
  • This app is available in store 6 months ago, and from the beginning mean that they should have tested it internally before make it the primary app for 8.1
  • Says who? You? Are you a developer? Clearly Microsoft is consulting you for your wisdom. 
  • Calm down !
  • Or what?
  • Or you'll look like a jerk. Like it or not, his point is valid.  The music experience on windows phone has been steadily declining since WP7, so, yeah. That's what.
  • Still no artist live tile wallpaper, and anyone has noticed that artist picture is a little bit tight!? I'm a little bit too perfecfionist, and the way it is loaded, lags a bit
  • You could already play playlist with Cortana from the start.
  • That's true, but i think the added ability as the article says is you can now play 'playlists' with cortana, so perhaps that wasn't possible before.
  • Didn't work for me :/ Cortana either came up with bing searches or said she didn't understand :| (before this update)
  • Background initial sync is not part of this release Sam. Please update the article.
  • Hey sam....seems like mpatool isn't working anymore with it...can you confirm?
  • MPATool isn't compatible with 8.1. The same developer says it on the app page.
  • Half-working, artist backgrounds still appear on my 8.1 lock screen. The dev is kinda stubborn though, I asked if he'll update his app to work with the new XBox Music app and he said it should be Microsoft who should be updating the app and not him. WHAT THE HELL.
  • No actually. Xbox music doesn't take artist images the way the music hub used to. There's no way hr can make MPATool work for Xbox music right now, unless MS changes the way it takes the images.
  • I don't think its compatible, I had a few album covers that added correctly but most didn't :( And Microsoft does not have images for a lot of the artists I listen to
  • Yeah, but that's not really saying much. So disappointed with Microsoft for really screwing this app up so badly.
  • Remember, Microsoft said that the app would not be in the state it is in now when the official release comes out, but remember when they released the developer preview they had to have at least A app for music... Even if it wasn't too great, unless your saying you was wiling to wait another month or two for the developer preview just so u can have the music app at its best from day one... Give them the time they need to actually improve the app, it doesn't happen over night.
  • Needs to lose the loading screen, and aldo add music scrubbing.
  • The next Store release of the Music App is coming within the next 2 weeks. We will continue to update this site with coming features and releases, and if you haven’t, be sure to visit http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-suggestion-box/c... and enter and vote for the features you want to see next. Thanks, The Xbox Music Team
  • Some of what is targeted for the series of coming releases: •Continued focus on Stability and Performance improvements •Background initial sync of local and cloud content (Note: This had been targeted for the last store update, but we pushed it out one more release to do some additional testing) •Fast Forward/Rewind by sliding progress bar in a song •UX layouts on buttons and metadata in now playing to better utilize space and make for better interaction •Support for large play queue(including playlist) greater than 100 songs •Improved load times for long lists through better list virtualization •Swipe Gesture to Advance on Now Playing •Live Tile and Transparent Tile support •Design & Layout improvements to get you to your content faster •Kids Corner support •UX improvements (Search result grouping, creating new Radio Stations, improved Network status messages, Blue UI language alignment, and more)
  • Swipe Gesture to advance. Yeah, I so miss this one. Bring it back!
  • Thank you for the detailed feedback. Really looking forward to the new improvements. :)
  • In those design & layout improvements, I hope you are trying to keep overall visual engagement high in your minds. I mean, it appears completely forgotten. Like: big artist art? animations? a beautiful now playing screen? consistency with the pre-established design concepts of the OS? This stuff is pretty important on a platform which had design toward the top of its list of selling points. People aren't buying an app to get to the old Music + Video only because of the performance issues in this new app. They're also doing it because this app is depressing. It's pedestrian, ugly, Android design. There's no other way to say it. (Don't beat yourselves up though, a lot of the new apps have that issue!) Here's a guide: when people new to Windows Phone apps open them, they're supposed to say, "Oh wow that's gorgeous." (my iOS friends said that to me when they saw my phone, all the time.) Clearly you USED to know how to do this.
  • sorry to say you like this but if you really are Xbox Music team then please remove the loading screen because since it is a native music app, a native music app should me as fast as it can be and loading screen just screw your 4-7 seconds which is really irritating for a native music app or atleast add an option to "not show loading screen", 
  • Its not built into os man....its a separate app
  • Wont you agree, apart from the equivalently slow resuming and no playlist support, mixradio is much better than Xbox music ?
    It even has a live tile, and doesn't load artist/song/album lists after the first time !
  • according to xbox team, live tile is on the way..
  • Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't mix radio strictly for streaming music. I couldn't see any option or tab for playing the music that's on my hard drive when I installed it. If that's the case then is not exactly a comprehensive alternative for people who don't stream.
  • Try the 'my music' button in mix radio app... You will be surprised
  • LOL! I feel like such a dunce. It's right there! Thank you
  • Seems less laggy
  • Yeah it does.
  • Can we make playlists on phone now? Also does the cloud sync work both ways seamlessly? I have had issues with things on phone not syncing to cloud but only syncing other each round. Also, is the animated live tile back?
  • you can do this with the standalone version with wp8 as well
  • Yes ... You can with 8.1
    Open the Playlist section & tap "+"
  • Does new playlist or song collection sync back to cloud so that I can then pick it up on my Windows 8? I know that wasn't working till January.
  • It does indeed. Made a playlist on my phone and it synced to my Xbox.
  • Yes, tap/hold song in song list or bring up album from artist or album list. Tap album name, tap/hold song, same 'add to'  option.
  • Synching now working both ways for me. Much needed function.
  • Thank you
  • UI OVERHAUL PLEASE....THIS SUCKS!! WHY IS IT THAT ALL THE NATIVE APPS I LOVE ON WINDOWS PHONE(XBOX GAMES HUB & MUSIC) HAVE ALL BEEN ROLLED BACK TO UGLY UI VERSIONS AND LESS FEATURES. THEY TALK OF STANDALONE APPS TO BE UPDATED...CAN'T THEY JUST MAKE IT APPEALING IN THE FIRST PLACE? TALK OF FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT? THIS IS うそをつく
  • They only recently started rebuilding the apps as actual apps. The hubs were a great experience, but decoupling them from the OS allows them to update without rolling out a new OS update that can be slowed by carriers and manufacturers. They're rebuilding the experience from the ground up and are allowing those who don't use Xbox Music greater choice in how they obtain and play their music. Don't forget, however, that Windows Phone 8.1 has not actually been rolled out to the general public. The only people running it right now are developers and enthusiasts who don't mind bugs in exchange for bleeding edge software. By the time WP8.1 is released to the general public, the Xbox Music experience will largely be fixed. They will then be able to focus on changes through user feedback.
  • Well in my opinion it was perfectly fine as it was before and didnt need to be enormously updated (apart from playlists). So why didnt they keep it as a native app? Apparently native apps run much faster than store apps..so this will only negatively impact the fluidity of which windows phone is known for.
  • the part where he talks about update is the reason
  • My thoughts exactly. A music and video player doesn't need constant updates. It needs speed and good playback features. Just give it features in an OS update, and just leave it alone for another quarter-year or so while you build for the next release.
  • I'm almost willing to bet my house on the fact that this new xbox music app will NOT be any better than the old wp8 one by the time of the public release. They have just screwed it up so bad and its been this bad for nearly 6 months. I see no light ahead for this team.
  • I agree, it's nice they can update faster, but did you need to make it worse to start off. I just don't think Microsoft know much abut music.
  • Lets see how it turns out when WP 8.1 becomes generally available.   After all it is still in preview, so MS still has time to ramp up the features in these apps.   Fingers crossed. :)
  • p
  • Hey kenzibit,
    Why are you shouting?
  • Actually way faster but still not fast enough
  • Some might say "zippier"
  • For once this comment makes sense. It does seem slightly faster now. Hope the "black screen" bug is gone too, it would be a good start.
  • Oh dear god...the black screen bug pisses me off..aaaand it just happened to me.....ugh. C'mon Microsoft get it together. Im giving you two more updates and I'm cancelling my music pass....
  • Everything abot this fucking app pisses me off.
  • But yet it's still laggy and doesn't displaly my list instantly like before. I should never have to see Loading.... But it does at least seam a little faster.
  • You cant help it easily. Its not a native app so it is bound to show resuming etc once in a while. I wonder why MS didn't find a way to keep it native while still allowing it to be updated ?
  • The real question is, the old app was perfect. How often did it really need updating?
  • Exactly! It didnt need to be updated heavily. Maybe a few tweaks here and there which would be enough with GDR updates between different versions of the OS. It was perfectly fine and fully functional as it was before. So why not keep it that way? 
  • No change.. Still slow... Missing the old music+ video hub
  • Use mixradio, its better than this useless (currently) thing.
  • It says that made for windows phone and pc's means a universal app... Does it work synchronised..?
  • It does synchronize across my 2 WP's and Surface ❤
  • Nothing is showing on bio and related sections at all.
  • Your comment would have been right If the update was released on the 22nd.
  • About time!!
  • It's a start, but we have a long way to go... It still sux, and it's gonna take a lot of updates to make it a great music experience... They could've at least gave us a transparent tile..
  • Priorities my brother
  • Third party developers can recompile for a transparent tile in a few hours.... No excuse.
  • True but atleast they updated it quickly, making it at the very least decent enough to use.
  • As soon as I can flick the album art to the next track it will be decent to use..
  • Agreeed!
  • Amen to that!!! You wonder why they removed that functionality in the first place...
  • They didn't remove it.. This is a separate app, not a native app in the OS.. This app never had it❕❕
  • You sure? I could swear I used to be able to flick / swipe forward or back to the next or previous track in WP8... Ever since I installed 8.1 I'm no longer able to do that.
  • I'm sure.. It was in WP8.0 because that was a different app,,, one built into the OS... The XBM app in WP8.1 is totally different..
  • I see! I get it now... Well in that case someone better bring that back, or at the very least, offer an app that has that feature... It is such a natural gesture that you wonder why it's not automatically included... Thanks for the info...
  • Yeah, it sucks, but it's already been reported to be coming back in a update soon.
  • What album art? ;-)
  • Yes, yes, yes. So need this function.
  • Barely. It still makes me angry every time I open it. Still takes 3 minutes to get to, and load an album I want to play. Unacceptable
  • They probably abandoned development of this app after it was released.. MS probably wanted all attention directed towards getting WP8.1 done in time... Now, they have resumed development on it... They should've just hired Rudy to continue development of the app...
  • for me the tile looks nice, but sruble ! or whatever that slider is.
  • Can't update it, now it says it's not available in my country (it was before this update rolled out). Yesterday installed Nokia Mix Radio (had to change the region to US, 'cause that's not available here either), but that's a laggy mess. And now they're cutting off Xbox Music? What am I supposed to listen music on?
  • The next Store release of the Music App is coming within the next 2 weeks. We will continue to update this site with coming features and releases, and if you haven’t, be sure to visit http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-suggestion-box/c... and enter and vote for the features you want to see next. Thanks, The Xbox Music Team
  • Some of what is targeted for the series of coming releases: •Continued focus on Stability and Performance improvements •Background initial sync of local and cloud content (Note: This had been targeted for the last store update, but we pushed it out one more release to do some additional testing) •Fast Forward/Rewind by sliding progress bar in a song •UX layouts on buttons and metadata in now playing to better utilize space and make for better interaction •Support for large play queue(including playlist) greater than 100 songs •Improved load times for long lists through better list virtualization •Swipe Gesture to Advance on Now Playing •Live Tile and Transparent Tile support •Design & Layout improvements to get you to your content faster •Kids Corner support •UX improvements (Search result grouping, creating new Radio Stations, improved Network status messages, Blue UI language alignment, and more)
  • Now for an Xbox Video update. We want our HD playback...
  • I know this is a little of topic but why did they remove the ability to find/purchase new videos from Xbox Video? All I can find are the ones I already own.
  • I still have a tv and movies store.
  • Same here... Very annoying
  • No, they didn't. I guess you're using Transparency Tiles, because it's a bug in the app that the tile opens your collection, not the app. Try opening the app from your app list.
  • This was the problem, thank you!
  • Swipe to the right and you'll be able to see other categories. Unless there is a bug
  • My music still not showing up :'(
  • My music still isn't playing certain Albums...no Buena.
  • Optimistic, but just getting it to the level it was 3 version ago would be an upgrade
  • When you click on the now playing button the list appears right at the top of the screen under the systemsbar with time and connectivity stuff. Cortana playlist integration is quite cool actually.shame she doesnt understand foreign artists or playlist names properly. but at least you can say - play some music and she shuffles around and also stop music to stop.
  • Cortana could start, and stop, music before this update...
  • I know that and this information was basically just an fyi
  • Cortana could also play specific artist/songs/albums even before this update.
  • Yep!!... I wish she could take volume control request.
  • OneDrive also got a little update today after the major one.
  • I think this was a bug fix because of duplicated folders
  • The update fixed it for me, so I think you are right.
  • When did you receive the update?
    I have duplicate folders as well in my photohub and the last update I received was yesterday
  • It is a new one from just right now. they fixed something from yesterdays release
  • Can already start playlists with Cortana, spoken or typed. Doesn't it work for everyone?
  • What's the voice command you're using?
  • Just saying "play" followed by playlist name.
  • I do that, and it plays some random song. For instance, I'll say, "Play Classic Rock." It translates my voice perfectly at the bottom, then Cortana says "ok, playing classics" then sends me to some random song. I don't get it.
  • Now all we need is an updated desktop sync app so I can share my playlists to my 920 again add I have content that cannot be cloud matched
  • No, now all we need are like 10 more updates to the XBM app.
  • Or one massive update to Zune
  • Microsoft has said Zune is never going to updated again. NEVER! Bwah ha ha. Time to move on.;)
  • Zune was pretty awesome...  
  • I have a Uservoice Suggestion to improve the sync UX:
    http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-suggestion-box/s...
  • Thanks I gave you 3 votes. I agree with all of that.
  • just FYI. starting playlists with cortana has always been available. (ever since 8.1 that is ofc)
  • We're both right. You could start playing music with Cortana, but I don't think she did playlists. Microsoft themselves this update completes the Cortana integration by adding playlist support.
  • Coincidently, i tried for the first time yesterday using Cortana to play a playlist and it worked.  Said play playlist "name",  Checked my dl history and i dont have the new update yet, so i think it was already there.
  • Actually for me I meant playlists in specific; as I would just say "Play Music-Main" or Play "quran" and Cortana would bring up her DJ like reponse of "And now.. XXXX" (interestingly though the one playlist she would never recognize as a playlist, and instead would bing search was one called "Study music" ) 
  • I've been using Cortana with playlists since 8.1 was released. 
  • No luck for me... Still can't get her to play specific playlists
  • I have noticed that I can say, "Can you play <song name>" and it plays but if I say, "Can you play the next song?", she recognizes that I want to play the next track but it doesn't work.
  • I think it makes a playlist of just the song you asked for, so asking it to play the next song won't do anything.
  • Ohhhhhh. Thanks!
  • To play next song, I simply say "Skip" and that works for me.
  • "Next Track" works too.
  • still can't get the thing to go past "Loading......"
  • Same here it craps out at the black loading screen after the music splash screen... pisses me off, I have to use the hey dj app until its fixed or I might have to factory reset my phone.
  • Playing all songs still only pulls a 100 or so songs, so the app is still useless for me, all i want is to shuffle all my songs :/   Back to Nokia MixRadio then
  • Same! that it crap i want all my songs, still dont understand why this happened!
    Vote on it here: http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-suggestion-box/suggestions/5562516-don-t-limit-playlist-playback-to-100-songs
  • Already done! along with a bunch of others, baby steps i suppose.
  • Same here! Not being able to shuffle through all songs is probably the worse thing about the app. But they'll fix that in due time.
  • I'm agree. check the new MixRadio update, see faster and more stable that Xbox Music
  • Plus you don't have to sign up for an Xbox music pass @$9.99 /mo to play music you already own! I refuse to pay $9.99 a month to play my music that I already own! That's just stupid!
  • Who says you have to pay for music you already own? Just transfer it to your phone and you're good to go.
  • Took the words from my mouth. A stupid limit they need to remove ASAP.
  • Use the shuffle button when you first open the app, and go to Collection. Its at the bottom!
  • that doesn't fix anything, the shuffle is clearly broken, it plays a limited amount of songs and it's not really random
  • Amen! This is my biggest complaint
  • Never thought I'd use mix radio, but it's actually great now, compared to Xbox.
  • Hmmm, i was able use cortana to play playlist yesterday in my car with bluetooth   Said play playlist "name" and it worked.  Tried saying shuffle, but that didnt.    In any case, dont think it is a new feature.  Hopefully the app is optimized because it is pretty laggy at times.  Using a 1020. 
  • Works for me on the updated version.
  • just say - play music. she turns on shuffle than
  • Yes, but i wanted to shuffle the playlist. 
  • The system tray now doesn't cover up the splash screen.
  • Make the header smaller please instead of a huge "XBOX MUSIC" Font.
  • This, one Microsoft my ass. Learn from Bing team.
  • That's coming in one of the updates, tought they stated something about updating Xbox Music to follow Windows Phone 8.1 design guidelines.
  • I don't mind it. It's a landing page, and it allows for easier one handed use. I abhor Cortana's upper buttons.
  • It still doesn't show my whole collection.  This thing is just such a mess, on ALL platforms of the ecosystem.  For example, I have two Wang Chung albums--Points On The Curve and Mosaic.  Both are actually on my PC, and they show up in Library.  They both ALSO exist in the Music Store.  I have "Show streaming music in my collection" turned ON on my Lumia 1020.  However, the only album that shows up is Mosaic.  I see this several places all over my collection.  Frankly, I'm quite tired of killing the Library and forcing all my devices to re-acquire it in the futile attempt to get Xbox Music to see ALL my music correctly and all the album art.
  • Yes, can someone please address this... I want to listen to ALL of my music not just a small part.
  • Yup, nothing but issues here with my own collection. Random matching, random douplicate downloads, and all sorts of other crap that constantly messes with my collection. I think the only way to fix this mess for the time being is to delete my entire personal library and go with nothing but subscription music. Thankfully i got a years pass for only 30 bucks or i would have cancelled it already. What a mess...
  • Alleluia!!!! Lol XD
  • The update just keeps crashing. Ugh. Microsoft. Seriously.
  • Let's give them the benefit of the doubt. This is, after all a Developer Preview.
  • We've given them the benefit of the doubt for how many years now?
  • Let's give them the benefit of the doubt. WP8 was just released. -2012.
  • THANK YOU. Good God, I'm so sick of people giving that lame excuse.
  • Xbox Music is not a developer preview. It's a standalone app that they thought was good enough to replace the Music+Videos Hub. At this point, every single smartphone on the planet aside from any running Windows Phone 8.1 can play music with its native music app. Not us, though. Apparently their subscription service isn't all that important to them since they've entirely broken support for it on their own flagship devices. The Xbox Music team is either being mismanaged or the developers don't care about what we want. I'm guessing they're being mismanaged.
  • I still miss the Xbox Music live tile. I hope they bring this back
  • +1; and I miss the "history" tab.
  • yeah, the history tab... there is an uservoice for it, go vote http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-suggestion-box/s....
  • It is faster but still laggy with local music. It still seems to have to load the music everytime the app starts. Kind of disappointed but at least it is more usable now.
  • Still no live tile. Lame
  • Still runs like shit on a cold winters day for me. Takes too long to load artists or albums, and is still considerably slower compared to the 8.0 app.
  • More green vegetables my friend.
  • What happen with app Nokia music.
  • It's now Nokia Mix Radio
  • As much as I love and support Microsoft and it's products and services, Xbox music is the one and only thing I can't stand. I mean what kind of fool (sucker) pays 10 bucks a month to play music he already owns?
    Nokia Mix Radio (formerly Nokia Music) for me please!
  • I use a pass to download whatever I want from the store and don't own. I listen to 99% of my music on phone while I commute to and from work. Its a good deal for me...or was before they broke xbox music.
  • Same here, it was a great deal for me, but now xbox music won't even start up. So I'm cancelling my subscription until its fixed.
  • Wish it worked like Windows 8.1 app, streaming 10 hours per month for free.
  • Fuck Cortana, fix the ficking app and make it usable, so lame. Adding new faetures to a crappy music app, thanks for nothing.
  • LOL
  • +1
  • Hahahaha. Man, scrolling through the comments here is great.
  • ^ 920
  • Maybe if enough people vote we'll get a half decent sync experience again:
    http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-suggestion-box/s...
  • Good reminder. Everyone should definitely do this.
  • I wonder how all the other platforms ever got decent music apps before Uservoice existed....
  • Still a major eyesore in my opinion! The look is just horrible. The artist art is off centered and stupid. I know its the same look as Xbox Music on w8, but I prefer the old look.
  • yeah, the basic playlist support (limited to ~100 songs) is kind of appalling. I don't know the reasons behind it, but I hope its a good one.
  • Its still SH!T!!! SLOOOOOOW LAAAAAAGS ! Is this the best they have
  • Running Xbox music and Here Drive apps together are now working like champs.
     
  • Not available in my region (Costa Rica)!!!!!? WTF!!!!!?
  • Not available in Colombia. Had to change region to US to update :/ hope they fix this because the updates for this app should be available for anyone. Many people could get stuck with the horrible first version of Xbox music and get annoyed when update to 8.1
  • Same here. We're doomed. :'(
  • Good improvements. Shuffling cloud playlists seems worse. Gets stuck on a single artist worse than before.
  • The biggest negative of upgrading to 8.1 is having to use the Music app. The old baked-in music player was better. e.g. when searching the store, results included artwork, now they're just text; in WP8 my car could read the content of my phone so I could browse it on the car's touchscreen, that's gone now. Hopefully it will all get sorted in time.
  • Preach on it my brutha
  • YES! That is supremely annoying. I discovered it just a few minutes ago when I went to download Cypress Hill's "Rise up" album. Before, you could see which was the "Parental advisory " (aka uncensored) album by looking at the artwork (it showed the "Parental advisory" sticker on the cover image), but now it shows NO difference between the censored and the uncensored album on the search. So annoying. Nevermind that it would be good if MS included this in the title of the album but since they didn't at least it was in the cover image in the search. Now you need to go onto the next screen to find which version it is, and go back and look at the next one if it's not the one you want. Grr. WHY DID THEY GET RID OF SO MANY OF THE FEATURES? Also, why can I no longer search for music in the Store? I used to be able to search for anything and pivot between categories of content. Now it's only apps. Grr again.
  • you can now search for music within the xbox music app without needing to access the store
  • You could do that before too, though inexplicably it always defaulted to the "apps + games" pivot by default and you had to swipe over to music.
  • I was responding to your comment about not being able to look for music in the store, there is no need cause you can search withinin the app it defaults to your collection but you can chose to look in the store
  • Microsoft is shutting up our mouths.
  • Don't think they are doing a good job then.
  • Tha playlist bin workin with cortana since day one
  • Does it still duplicate iTunes playlists everytime you sync the phone with the desktop app ?
  • Requires availability of the basic Xbox Music service. That means: No update if you live in Chile
  • I'm keeping my Zune 80 alongside MixRadio.,..Xbox Music is not worth my time. IT SUCKS. Microsft sucks badly with these half assed efforts.... WTH they can't do what the Zune team did back in 2007-2009 ?
  • I give up on Microsoft fixing their garbage music app..god, I miss Zune so fuckng bad...
  • well they fixed the(now unhidding) status bar bug when scrolling the song list
  • Now when I go to unlock my phone the pause and play tab is there even when the music app is closed, is that normal???
  • Has always been like that, when you start the Music app, it doesn't go away until a reboot. At least, for me.
  • It's fine now after a boot, I can play music and exit and it's gone once I do , no boot required!
  • Been that way since WP7, they player keeps the music open for hours after closing, in some case it will remain there until you restart if you play music frequently (Like i do) There are apps on the store that act as a 'Stop' button to clear it if it bothers you though.
  • No, unless the music is playing the play tab should not be there. It is not there for me. It only shows if I press the volume rocker, or if I unlock while the music is playing.
  • It's that way for me too now again, must have been a one time thing
  • It's annoying that these updates are available only for countries where Xbox Music Pass can be bought. It's WP's native music player for god's sake! We can't have a decent version of it just because we're not allowed to buy Music pass? I know that I can change region to U. S. and then update it. But that doesn't make it any less annoying.   (sorry for my english by the way)
  • What do you mean? The update is just worldwide available.
  • I wish it was. Try to change your region to Czech republic (or some other country where are no Xbox Music services), find Xbox Music in Marketplace... and you will see only message: "This app is not available for your device etc."
  • In Slovakia too unfortunately :(
  • Greece too. Unavailable can't update. Wp8.1 is becoming a US only os.
  • Change your region to U.S. The restart you phone. Update Xbox Music. Change region back to Greece... and restart your phone again. It's quite easy... but painstaking process.
  • app isn't available in Poland too... It's some kind of error?
  • Having 15,000+ songs coming in to the app from the cloud sucks.  I've never used the Xbox Music app though, even in 8.0.  Hell, I've never put any music from my collection on my phone before.  And judging from the comments about Xbox Music on 8.1, I probably shouldn't. But, I'm all about giving the benefit of the doubt.  I'll check it out myself and see what all the hooplah is about. 
  • Please let us know if say you add 100 songs to your collection of 15000, using WP8.1; do you see them the next time you pick up your Windows 8 PC or laptop or tablet?
  • Please.. I just wanna shuffle through ALL my songs again! Looks like I'll download Nokia MixRadio for the time being..
  • I'm confused...i was able to do playlists by Cortana voice control since I updated to 8.1. I am still getting this cryptic message about not being logged in while trying to use radio function.
  • If only it were easier to create a playlist. Why use a PC? You should be able to do this with your phone.
  • Apparently you can do that on the phone
  • Stop complaining if you never tried it, this is just posible in Xbox Music.
  • I wish I had an option to uninstall this and Xbox Video...
  • The context-menu is behind the App Bar when you try to delete a song! They need to update it again!!!
  • What does that mean?
  • The Context-Menu is what happens when you hold your finger down to bring up the menu box. At the moment the delete part of the context menu is behind the app bar instead of being in front of it so that you can see it.   Try and delete a song and you see what I mean.   http://i62.tinypic.com/bbqk3.png Here it it.  
  • Well, this just made me uninstall Hey DJ! sadly. Was a good app while it lasted though.
  • Sorry to break this, but it's still crap.
  • Why is everything 'unavailable' when I try to stream my music? Utter turd.
  • Still sh**. I'll stick to Nokia MixRadio; so disappointing.
  • Still needs sorting for artwork in three background and the live tile
  • Not available in Greece too....:-/
  • 'this app is not available for ur device'
    Lumia 820 India
  • Yupp..even im getting the same problem
  • Change region to US and then update..
  • Playing playlists with Cortana was enabled before this update. I use it all the time. :/
  • I don't see any update here in India
  • Same problem here bro
  • Why the hell does 'MUSIC' take one third of the screen? Is it the real focus while playing music or seeing the album art and the title song/artist or the next songs to be played? This app is still crap in many ways.
  • It's the same piece of crap that used to be ! So Many Lags and Black Screens . some times I think about throwing my phone away .   
  • do not rage quit Windows Phone.. its a bad omen.
  • Lags still when playing music and scrolling through a playlist. The good news is I was finally able to delete my duplicate playlist. Still waiting for an 8.1 update to MPATool to get some artist art back. The artist wallpaper feature on 8.1 also seems to work inconsistently. Doesn't work off the bat but turning it off and back on enables it again for a bit.
  • Well, while the criticisms are valid, we should all remember that we are not _really_ even supposed to be using the app yet. Unless there are all of a sudden over a million REAL WP app developers. :P
  • This app is avalailable as an optional download for WP8 as well. It is an official release, it is not beta or preview.
  • Cool, will try this out on WP8. At least I have the option of not using it, ha!
  • Will everyone please remember your using the Developers "Preview" so quite your winning!! It will get fixed!!
  • Well when you're paying for a music experience you expect better, especially when the IOS app is so much better, and miles away from the last native experience.
  • The Music app is not a preview version.
  • Maybe but the OS on which it runs is.
  • True.  So people should stop complaining about OS problems - oh look, nobody is.  Well done!
  • Here goes.... If you select 'all' from the browse by genre it takes you to top albums.... If you select top albums, it takes you to...mmmmm.. Top albums... Exactly the same place...!!!!! Who picks the ' featured artists' then ? Surely that's always going to be a personal choice, no ?? Featured from what and where ? Haven't tried Cortana yet, should be cool though.... Was expecting alot more than this... Roll on two weeks time.... Where's new releases section gone ? Why when scrolling through top albums do we seem to have singles on display ? Shouldn't they be in top songs ? Are the top albums and top songs picked regionally or from global sales because most of the songs/ albums are in musical terms pretty old now... Rant over....
  • Works so much better now when downloading files, no more waiting it's just there....
  • Seems a bit better but so incredibly far away from the native experience. Please, Microsoft I beg you, bring it back!!
  • Still really bad. Can't delete folders, duplicated folders. Song scrolling is not good. Overall speed is slower than the wp8 music.
  • Glad to see they keep that GIGANTIC "xbox music" header in it, because I love when my apps take up 1/5 of the screen with the name alone. ;) (yes, this is the case with the people hub and others too. never made any sense to me).
  • I noticed something about Cortana and duplicate song titles. There is no way to specify which artist. For instance I can say "Play Lullaby" and instead of hearing Billy Joel I hear Nickelback. Simply saying "Play lullaby by Billy Joel" doesn't seem to work. Anyone else notice this or have a suggestion?
  • I don't know what's worse, the Xbox music app or your anger at not being able to play Nickelback.
  • Haha actually its my anger at expecting to hear Billy Joel but instead getting hit with Chad Kroeger
  • I can't get it to play a playlist
  • Still $#!t
  • Cortana could start playlists previously too.
  • Yeah, it was the only thing it could play, IIRC.
  • Some of my music is still missing? In the music app 'Listen' it's there but not in the xbox music app :( 
  • Wow, have ChangeLogs become so uncool these days that they just offer copout ones like that? This App has so far to go it's not funny.
  • It is still a piece of crap. Completely ridiculous that this is so bad. The guy that just left the team better have been fired.
  • To all you apologists for MS fucking up Zune for this shit, please stfu.
  • Well done MS. It was frustrating waiting for this update from a performance perspective it is like night and day. Not perfect yet but now this is out of the way the promised 2 week update schedule can now begin to focus on the extensive list of requests they took in. I for one am glad the app is now usable.
  • App is not usable. There I fixed that for you.
  • Stop being an a$$
  • So, it does not play radio without a subscription, right? I was wondering if there was at least ad supported access.
  • Great now with this update Cortana seems to run so slow to respond more. In fact my while search function sucks now. Worked perfectly fine and now gone to shit.
  • I have a list of music on my Xbox music app that clearly isn't in mp3 form on my phone. They are definitely things I listen to, but I'm not sure where they are getting populated from. Spotify? They aren't playable though. Wish they were
  • Could MS be making the playing of local music so awful that users will switch to MS's streaming service? Rudy Huyn, we really need you to save MS again. :-)
  • I'm almost convinced this is the case. While I was happy we finally got a decent playlist making options on the phone side, the music player is amateurish and really has been since the beginning.
  • Gotta remember this app is but one aqspect of XBM. Music being unavailable if not matched, other tracks added to the cloud, etc are more dependent upong hte total Xbox Music system than the phone. If it can't be played on my desktop (album from Japan ripped to my system) in the application, it isn't going to be available on the phone either. My point is now that some of the usability has improved, let's see what else comes down the pipe in future updates leading to the actual realease of 8.1. My biggest beef was I was trying this app long before the Developer Preview. Why weren't some of these things addressed in updates THEN leading to a more robust app being released with the OS?
  • Awesome! Just in time for the weekend. Nicely played MS.
  • The app is still not picking up my playlists. And there's no option to shuffle all my music. Nokia MixRadio shows them just fine. Grrr... Why is such a basic/default app so messed up in WP.
  • Can anybody help me out its not letting me update. Error code 80070127
  • Keep retrying. I had the same issue and kept tapping retry about 3-4 times until the app downloaded and installed
  • Its not working at all for me but thank you for the effort :/
  • Been having That error too :/
  • Same here. I've tried and tried and tried. Ain't happening. Go Xbox Team!
  • It's... Faster! Not as fast in Windows Phone 8, but it's getting there. And no issues with the song's artwork whatsoever!
  • Not happy at all, this is still shit.
  • It won't even let me get the app using the link, and a manual update didn't show it only the OneDrive update.
  • Still slow as fuck!
  • m from India,update not available :(
  • Does this department have a supervisor or a quality control? They just let them put out whatever crap they want? I wants damn explanation as to why they can't get it right?
  • +820 :(
  • Why I can't update to a newer version?is this a country base update?I'm from Philippines.
  • Still won't let me play my music using Cortana. Just tells me to turn on "streaming music", which is already turned on.
  • Same here.
  • Can't update or install. Don't know why it say error code 80070127. Please help,
  • Has anyone experienced weird battery issues? My 925 displayed 5% battery. I plugged it in, and five minutes later it force restarted. Now, it shows 62% battery.....im really confused.
  • I am experiening this every day. Today it was 73% before turning off Cortana. It asked me to restart the phone, which I did. Suddenly I was at 28% out of nowhere. I put it to charge and it went back to 72%. It's been at 68% for about an hour + now.
  • Haha "will ya please stop asking?". I got a kick outta that one.
  • If I have Xbox music pass, can I play streamed songs?
  • Yes. Go to settings. Be sure streaming is toggled on.
  • Even songs that I have never played on my phone? E.g. Cortana, Play music from the Beatles (even when I don't have music of them on my phone)
    WIll cortana seach music of the beatles in xbox music pass if it is not in my phone?
  • Yes! I love this!
    I Can say: Play pop music and play pop music that is on my collection on "cloud"! Is amazing! 
  • cool! But if I don't have a collection at all, will cortana play the music I request?
  • Better. I hope the improvements continue.
  • Neat, Xbox Music app continued playing music even while installing the new version.
  • Still terrible. WP8 version is still waaaaay better though majority thinks it does not come as close to Zune (dunno how Zune works though). It does not show artist cover which I customized in MP3 Finder app.
  • The app does work better.
  • Playlist starting doesn't work for me. :/
  • I was able to install it when my region was set to US, later changed back to India.. Now when I try to update the app it's not supported.. Is it meant only for USA??
  • Play < name of playlist> does not work. Not even close!
  • It still sucks! No album art, no progress bar. What have you done stupid MS?
  • its 4:50 PST, and i havent noticed any update for this app.  this article was posted 5PM EST?
  • Change region to us and check again
  • No tile animations though
  • No, the previous version can also play a playlist via Cortana.
  • Works with single songs too. I have no local music all in playlists thru the subscription. "Play LoveGame" results with Cortana saying "and now LoveGame" then playing it.
  • Holly holly jolly it is faster....
    It was pure crap, now it is much better
  • Much better performance
  • Still there is no slider for forwarding...keys are still small....no swiping to next song...slider was first requirement in the user voice still no reply...my old Nokia Xpress music plays music like a champ...this one is stupid....
  • Still sucks!! I put an mp3 file with a clearly stated artist's name. When I open the app, that mp3 file will be assigned some random artist's name which I have NO IDEA where in hell this app gets from! Geez.. Seriously? In the mean time, using Nokia Mix Radio.
  • I really don't think some people realize what they were getting themselves into by downloading Windows Phone 8.1 Preview. Let's just be clear: This is beta software! YES, it's going to be buggy. YES, things like Xbox Music and native apps are not going to be completed. YES, frustration will amount. YES, updates are never instantaneous. And YES, Microsoft is doing its best to get fixes out according to user feedback. Keep in mind that time is a scarce resource that has to be invested properly when coding is involved, and prioritization is paramount. And finally, patience is a virtue :) if you are upset, maybe beta software isn't for you. Not being argumentative or rude, just pointing out the truth of what it means to own beta software. :) .....as you were.
  • STOP SCROLLING! ^^^^ read that ;) ^^^^.....as you were.
  • Why is thwe update not available in India..??
  • The app is not available to me. I am in India do i need to change the region? Somebody help me out pls
  • I'm from Paraguay and I can't update it normally, too. To change regions go to settings, enter Region and select United States in the first box. Then hit the reboot button below.
    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.
  • Bad not available for India. Then how we update shitty music app
  • This app still slow, still showing loading, sukzzz
  • After Changing the region to USA updating music and video now its weird
  • THIS APP IS JUST ASS!  
  • Now try shuffling a cloud playlist and see what you get. The algorithm for shuffling the cloud playlist is worse than ever...
  • Why Xbox Music isn't a Universal App? WHY? WHY?
    Xbox Music of Windows 8.1 is so good!
  • Try Zune desktop and you'll know what a good music app is like.
  • I could swipe to swap the track before, I'd like that back, like on WP 8
  • I hope by proper release there's a lot less loading... within WP8.1. I feel like I see it so much.
  • Is it available for India?
  • Long live Zune
  • It is not faster. It is simply less slow. Whatever happened to instant loading like in WP8? I don't want to see a loading screen.
  • But... Cortana could play playlists before the update. It was even on the help screen. So I'm not sure why they're making such a big deal out of it. Now they need to add "play song by artist".
  • Damn! This new Music app has been causing me a lot of heartache lately. Why the duece does it take so long to start?? The speed and the sheer efficiency of the previous app has been scrapped. Very bad Microsoft, Very bad.
  • in wp8.1, if i receive a call during music playback and i answer it, the music doesn't pause. it only mutes. and the volume goes back to normal when i end the call, but at times i'm on the next song!
    this didn't happen in wp8.
    hope they fix this some time in the future.
  • is the app unavailable outside US? i can't get it here in India. running wp8.1 dev preview on a lumia 925.
  • Change region to us
  • Can you make on device playlists and smart playlists? I already switched to android from iPhone 5. Got galaxy s4 for $200 off contract. Still trying to get music and photos transfered but seems like I can manage a lot more content easily than with ios and windows phone. I hope Microsoft is really working on getting more apps (candy crush) and looks like windows phone 9 will be something to switch to if rumours are true. Well enjoying android now,will keep track of windows phone still. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • They didn't get the live tile back. They should have in this update
  • update still nt working properly while scrolling fast its lagging badly ......
  • Beautiful irony: You get the preview because you aren't patient and get totally mad waiting for updates for the bug fixes in the preview lol
  • I am not able to update it says the app is available for different region even though I am on windows phone 8.1 and have music app in my phone
  • Change the region to US
  • STILL UGLY! WHERE IS THE ARTIST BACKGROUND? LIVE TILE? AND LOCK SCREEN SUPPORT!!!
  • How do I download xbox music in india..i can't find it in the store.some one please help me out
  • If you are on wp 8.1 you will get it but if you still on black update then you wont get it. And if you are on wp 8.1 and still not getting the app please change your region to US
  • Still black background
  • This app is not available for your device. :( Why?
  • This app was perfectly fine before the 8.1 version. Should have left well enough alone.
  • Cortana could play the playlists by name even before this update. I haven't updated the app yet, and I can still do that.
  • +1
  • I still don't have artist background while playing music... But have the artist image at lock screen.... Is anyone else having the same problem
  • Windows phone 8 music player was so cool.. This suckss really.. I'm seeing No improvements in this update
  • Still seems slower and my playlist are not displaying.
  • Sucks big time.
    Taking forever to start and list music.
    100 songs limit is still there.
  • Wow...Store says it's not available for my device...WTF..mine is a L820....is this only for US ?
  • MS...if you really want to save your face here...get the original Zune team back....
  • The next Store release of the Music App is coming within the next 2 weeks. We will continue to update this site with coming features and releases, and if you haven’t, be sure to visit http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-suggestion-box/c... and enter and vote for the features you want to see next. Thanks, The Xbox Music Team
  • Thanks you XBMT....Finally I have a very usable Music player....I like the one feature now...It can play music ...again !!! Hooray !!!
  • Hey I'm having a problem updating to this version it keeps giving me an error code.
    •(80070127)
    •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. :)
  • Some of what is targeted for the series of coming releases: •Continued focus on Stability and Performance improvements •Background initial sync of local and cloud content (Note: This had been targeted for the last store update, but we pushed it out one more release to do some additional testing) •Fast Forward/Rewind by sliding progress bar in a song •UX layouts on buttons and metadata in now playing to better utilize space and make for better interaction •Support for large play queue(including playlist) greater than 100 songs •Improved load times for long lists through better list virtualization •Swipe Gesture to Advance on Now Playing •Live Tile and Transparent Tile support •Design & Layout improvements to get you to your content faster •Kids Corner support •UX improvements (Search result grouping, creating new Radio Stations, improved Network status messages, Blue UI language alignment, and more)
  • Ever since WP 7 music playing always has a significant pause between 2 tracks rather than a smooth transition to the next track. This is ugly, many songs blend into each other. Would be great to get this fixed. Have seen it on different devices do assume it is not device dependent.
  • Why this is not available in India
  • Better you don't get it Dude ....its bugs everewhere I lost my songs after updating it I cant see it
  • These aren't updates there faildates
  • Better, but still needs a loooot of work
  • I love the OLD one, xbox music not good enough for me.
  • hey there! the update is not available worldwide. i'm from Romania. here's my screenshots from my Lumia 920 with WP 8.1 developer preview - http://1drv.ms/1pAHOwd
  • Unable to update. Have to change region in order to update.
  • This update is not available for my Lumia720 Windows phone 8.1 in India.
  • this is what happen after update :( https://gckojq.bn1304.livefilestore.com/y2pclqQW0t3pQP4mfive3sSNHCTid_ej-1xqey4ChOVdx8Jy5FVi8Uy7agz_30Cl3e-04BJtPXbEUmwqISITC1euMG1E1Uipp1oflWQFB_9NDo/wp_ss_20140426_0002.png  
  • Maybe Daniel should ask Microsoft to make decent change logs.
  • after couple of restarts it seems to be working fine :(
  • If you are from unsupported country, you have to change your region (I changed it to USA) and then it will work.
  • Why? I didn't have to change region to buy the damn phone. That change region is a workaround, it's not a solution. Besides, changing region messes up all other settings like location, news, etc, etc, etc.
  • "Now Playing" is still a joke.
  • Omg I cant find all my songs in the menu All Songs...Xbox Duck
  • Duck off Xbox
  • Was this written by a bunch of interns? Truly awful.
  • It's definitely a good start. Glad to see that it's running a lot smoother. The Cortana playlist integration is bittersweet because it takes the already hampered Now Playing limit down even further. I didn't count, but it seems like only 20 songs or so. In addition, it doesn't show as many top albums or songs in the store. Will be interesting to see what the next update brings. Would like to see live tile and lock screen, but would much more like to see an experience more comparable to the Windows 8 app.
  • BTW, I love the people crying for Zune to comeback. Sure, it's taken forever to get Xbox Music right, but Zune died for a reason. Microsoft wants to surpass Apple. Not style back into 2nd, and I'm not sure Zune ever even held that spot. BTW, I've used Zune/iPod/iPhone. Xbox Music does have a forward vision, even if they might not always follow it.
  • You've got to be kidding. Xbox music is wayyyyyyyyyyyy worst than Zune in every way, shape, form and design. And I won't even say a thing about region limitations.
  • Not able to update in 8.1 dev preview
  • Will anyone please tell why isn't this update available in India ?
  • Because MS loves to disenfranchise the users! We  can not go nad vote on the XBox uservoice, way to go MMO.   Waiting for VideoLAN, coming in 2017. Maybe using BB Z3 or Huawei....
  • Does anyone see faster and more stable app after the update?
  • Yes its a bit better now but nothing spectacular. It still lags on loading and scrolling my music list.
  • After playing around: this update did nothing.
  • Needs to be a lod faster
  • This music app is still just awful. Someone should have been fired over this garbage.
  • Because of region problem this music player sucks (yuck)
  • The fact I still can't add more than 100 of songs to now playing infuriates me. Creating a playlist of 600 songs and hitting play on it only queues up the first 100 regardless of playlist size, also shuffle doesn't work. Don't ask me how the win 8.1 and xbox360/xbox1 versions work better than this junk app, when the original Xbox music+video app schooled them all.
  • This is an improvement. Keep em comin!
  • This update did nothing to me. Still showing loading.... Nothing more. Nothing less. Thanks for nothing!!!!!
  • Glad to say the music app is working a lot better after the update. It still lags a bit when scrolling down my very large music list but it's a lot better.
  • My playlists got damaged after the update. A playlist previously with 70 songs, now shows 700 repeated songs
  • Microsoft should update Music App with a Transparent live tile, I wish they had a live tile like wpcentral app :) its darn good
  • xBox music is still shit. The music player has consistently gotten worse since WP7.5. A big reason why I am considering an upgrade to IOS instead of the Icon. My favorite feature about Windows phone just gets worse. They had 1 and a half years to get the WP8 music hub equal to the wp7 version. And what do they do? Release a version that is even worse.
  • This is shit.
    What about the regions where Xbox music isn't available.
    Our music player is going to be shit for a long time now.
  • Let's just using Nokia Mixradio instead of this shit, guys. Mixradio is better than XBOX music for now.   Nokia >> MS in developing software for windows phone OS. What a joke.   I bet it will take several months to improve XBOX music to level of music hub for MS xbox music team. Just wonder where guys who build Zune in MS are. They left MS?    
  • Let's just using Nokia Mixradio instead of this shit, guys. It's better than XBOX music for now.   Nokia >> MS in developing software for windows phone OS. What a joke.   I bet it will take several months to improve XBOX music to level of music hub for MS xbox music team. Just wonder where guys who build Zune in MS are. They left MS?
  • Just fire the team responsible for this app and start over.  This app was released last year, and it is still terrible.  I have been an Xbox Music subscriber since 2010 with the Zune HD, and the experience has gotten worse ever since.  Problems with this app running WP8.1: Massive battery drain confirmed with Battery Saver, phone runs hot Constantly "looking for music" regardless of whether I have enabled my cloud collection Very slow to "find" music already downloaded on device (whether XBM download, or downloaded by connection to my PC from my own MP3 collection).  WTF is is looking? Every time a sort function is selected (albums, artist, genre, etc), the app seems to rebuild a database...very slow/laggy Slow to start app.  You get the "...resuming...." message....this is like a pre-fast-remume app with WP7.  Ridiculous. Transport controls at bottom are improvement from being at top, but they are ridiculously small/dainty.  Make them bigger and have them span the screen. Give us a "Now Playing" or "home" button on app bar.  Multiple back arrow presses needed when in submenus. Annoying carryover from Zune:  truncated song names. Xbox Music header is stupidly large and serves no purpose. I'm tired of the apoglists who say we aren't supposed to have access to this app, or this is a developer preview.  BS.  MS has disabled/crippled my Zune HD which worked flawlessly with much older tech.  This app has been in the store for six months, and it still sucks badly.
  • "Starting over" is the whole damned problem.   MS spent a couple years getting the original Zune ecosystem pretty good; then "started over" with a WP7 app that was "Zune" in name only, replacing a functional system with a less-functional one.  Then they "started over" again with "Xbox Music hub," replacing that less-functional system with an even *less* functional one.  The "Music" app continues this pattern.   If they start from scratch one more time, they might just ship an empty tile :-)
  • Are you fucking kidding me this is waht you call an update?? Lame fucking lame i see no changes except cortana integration which is the least prefered feature which most people may even not use. Don't joke Xbox music team it still is fucking laggy i was so happy see the update finally but Fuck you.
  • Why the hell is this a US only app.??
  • "So far we're noticing it to be zippier between transitions while navigating the app." Soo... It seems faster? LOL
  • Why xbox music doesn't have the setting to download album art? I am tired of looking at empty album cover when I know that the songs that I put inside the phone have cover arts. So frustrating.
  • Can anyone share what they play....i can't share anymore
  • Have a suggestion to make. In the current music app, add an option called favourites so if u choose a song as favourite, we can listen them through that favourites option.
  • I am annoyed beyond belieg at the state of this app, yes, I have the updated version, it lags, I get black screens, it refuses to sync between devices etc. etc. As a musician, I rely on the musical capabilities of my phone, if this can't be sorted, I am going to have to get an iphone or ipod. Last i heard, Microsoft in France were responsible for developing the Xbox, well listen up  Votre application est épouvantable!!!!
  • Did they change something besides the version number? This is the worst part of the whole 8.1 Preview and a reason to leave not only Windowsphone but the entire Microsoft ecosystem. It's an absolutely impudence to release this "update" at all.
  • No comments!
  • Nokia MixRadio team to the rescue.
  • Still a useless pile of crap... Still slow, still shuffles the first 100 songs. Absolutely hate this app now, until it starts shuffling my entire music library, I'm still going to continue using iMusic. Out of all of WP 8.1, they had to screw up the music app... seriously???
  • wish they would bring the old hub. this app sucks. takes too long "searching for music" even im only using local music and have the streaming cloud service off in the phone and the pc. it also replaces my album's artwork, artists names and album names with metadata from other albums (this is annoying in the music app for pc too). JUST LET ME PLAY MY LOCAL MEDIA WITHOUT ANY LAGS OR REPLACING ALBUM'S METADATA WITH WHAT THE APP THINKS THE SONGS ARE...c'mon i like windows phone but this is a terrible experience.
  • well, while i was switchinh the region to update the app, I also downloaded nokia mixradio (which is also normally unavailable in my country). and since the xbox music app is still very much crap (slow as hell, laggy, no live tiles, no nothing, no gapless playback - actually some weird noise during switching tracks and i could go on), the stupid step not to make the update available in my country made me switch to mixradio, which is fine actually. well done microsoft, well done...
  • WTF! Album art does not work! Software developer of this Xbox Music App should be fired!   Just review the app as a "1 STAR" just for them to realize that they downgraded the Xbox Music App! 
  • Any idea of how to make the playlist and save them?
  • Cant not update music. Your region doe not support. Lumia 1520 here.
  • Still after this update scrolling through my playlist is lagging
  • can anyone help me...how to fix 8000127 error code to update xbox music....
  • The devs behind this app should be fired.
  • I hope this is good