Xbox Music update for Windows 8.1

The official launch of Windows 8.1 might not be till the 18th of October, but Microsoft is continually updating their own apps in preparation for the big day. One of those apps that’s been reimagined from the ground up is Xbox Music. When we first played with Xbox Music on Windows 8 last year it completely broke our experience and hearts as to the direction Microsoft was headed. But when we tried out Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 the spark was back. The latest update is minor, but does help round out the experience. Let’s check it out.

The last update for Xbox Music on the Windows 8.1 Preview came out on the August 1st. Back then we saw the app add new details for the artist view, a redesign with new albums and top music galleries, notification improvements, and a general UI fix. Here’s what you’re getting with the update today:

  • Access your now playing list of tracks directly from the left-hand navigation pane
  • See a new snapped mode to make multi-tasking while listening to music easy
  • Performance improvements make launch and navigating to your collection faster

Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 Updated
Look ma, I'm snapped. 

While adding the now playing list to the left-hand navigation pane isn’t monumental, it’s a very welcomed update to make using the app faster. The new snapped mode (which you can see above) is also welcomed. It makes seeing what’s playing easy, beautiful, and quick to access.

Running Windows 8.1 Preview or RTM? Head to the Windows Store to update your Xbox Music app (assuming it didn’t already auto-update). 

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