Xbox Music Updated for Windows 8.1 Preview, adds new artist view and more
When Zune was somewhat retired and replaced by Xbox Music a lot of you were bummed out. Not because a product you like had its named changed, but because the actual product somewhat regressed. The Xbox Music app that launched with Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 was lacking by many standards and even lost some features we came to love with Zune. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is steadily improving Xbox Music to a point that we’re using it daily on our machines. The latest update furthers that march of steady progress. Let’s check it out.
Many of you running the Windows 8.1 Preview have noticed that Xbox Music has improved substantially, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality. We first looked at the update back when we were at Build. What’s new in the latest update?
- New artist details –for both the Store and your collection –show everything you have from a given artist, along with that artist’s latest albums, most popular songs, and similar artists.
- Redesigned the New Albums and Top Music galleries to better emphasize album art
- Improvements to the way collection notifications look when the app is snapped
- Aligned the look and feel of dialogs with other redesigned parts of the app
After checking out the changes for ourselves we’re liking the direction Microsoft is going. I can’t speak for the rest of the crew here, but to be honest I never touched Xbox Music on Windows 8. Now I can’t stop using it on the Windows 8.1 Preview. The difference for me has been night and day. The small changes in the latest update are very welcomed. The new artist details in the collection are handy. You can now see what you have from an artist and don’t have with one glance.
What are you guys and gals thinking of Xbox Music in the Windows 8.1 Preview? What else do you want to see added and/or improved on? Sound off below.
Running Windows 8.1 Preview? Grab Xbox Music in the Windows Store (opens in new tab).
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When I'm in doubt of an album, song I can listen to it; then I use my token/credit to purchase the song. That's the only way I use the Zune pass.
Its been a while since I have touched the cloud options, maybe it has changed.
MS have so many developers, they could have easily brought over the design aesthetics of zune to Xbox music.
- Windows RT 8.1
- Windows Phone 8.1
- Windows Server 2012 R2 IE11
Start button back
New kernel (NT 6.3)
New file manager
Updated Xbox Music Nice to see Microsoft on top again!
Key features are still missing.
Zune was amazing and I know Xbox music will be one day. Make it quick!
second thing, still Xbox Music on WP8 is a nightmare, so I can;t move to Zune Pass, coz I need music on both devices, nice and easy to manage.
Matching is horrendous.
On my desktop, where all of my music is stored it's downloading all of it again into a "Subscription Cache" totalling over 5GB and its still not done.
When you match a duplicate album and the old one disappears the grouping gets all jacked up.
For example, I had a duplicate album from "Bury Your Dead" which I matched. The duplicate went away, but then the first album from "Cannibal Corpse" moved up into the "Bury Your Dead" spot, and then the first album from "Converge" moved into that empty Cannibal Corpse spot and so on all the way down the list.
they change averything in the PC version but on WP, not improvement since initial lunch...
2. Simple Playlist creation in WP8's XBox Music.
3. Recently Played, New Songs, Never played songs like Auto Playlist features.
4. Are these feature too hard to rejuvinate from Zune or they forgot. Its a serious mess I feel like I've downgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 even in terms of Syncing my WP8 with my Windows 8 Machine.
Any ideas please help