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Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8.1 receiving first update next week; here are the changes

We've previously looked at how bad Xbox Music is on Windows Phone 8.1 (in the Preview for Developers, anyway), but the experience has never been flawless on Windows Phone. Microsoft evidently knows this as the company is looking to roll out an update next week (April 22nd), which will kick off bi-weekly releases for the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview client.

This is superb news for Xbox Music Pass holders who wish to have a decent experience on the phone.

Joe Belfiore even tweeted that a new app will be released for those who are using the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview, but it's good to see an actual change log be present over on Microsoft Answers. If you're interested to know what's on the way, here's what Microsoft is looking to include in the April 22nd update:

  • 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

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That's all well and dandy, but what about some of the things you're all desperately asking from the team? As noted above, there will be bi-weekly releases after the first update has rolled out, which are set to include the following:

  • Continued focus on Stability and Performance
  • Live Tile integration
  • Quickplay improvements, including "recent" lists
  • Kids Corner Support
  • UX improvements (Search result grouping, creating new Radio Stations, improved Network status messages, Blue UI language alignment, now playing improvements and more)

Have some suggestions for the Xbox Music app on Windows Phone? Sound them off over on the User Voice website.

Source: Microsoft Answer (opens in new tab); Thanks, Al_2, for the tip!

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

339 Comments
  • I just moved over to an app called listen but I may come back to Xbox music now :)
  • Sooo much good news cmin up this april for my windowsphone ...!!! +720
  • I prefer hey DJ plays local and Zune pass and driving mode as well
  • +1 Hey DJ great while driving. Sounds like Xbox/Cortana might have it covered though. Gonna wait and see.
  • Hey DJ is great. I just use the windows button to tell it what I want to listen to and there it goes.
  • Hey DJ is great! I used to use it all the time when I was driving. It doesn't work in 8.1, but Cortana picks up the slack.
  • Well this is good news. They should please say something about the game hubs too. As a gamer, that forms part of my life .
  • I am still waiting for the Spotify update that they said were comming in spring... might switch to Xbox Music again if the app gets a UI revamp.
  • Thanks Micah, I just got listen, 
  • yeah, after trying-out nearly every related app i landed on listen as well. its so quick to launch compared to everything else (not sure how it does it), and has been perfectly stable for me thusfar. it also looks quite nice, though the ui takes a bit of getting used to. depending on how updates come (its noted as getting a big update for increased wp8.1 support this summer), i may stick to it as my daily-driver over whatever xbox music evolves into. on a related note, apparently the old hub is still around in wp8.1, just hidden: http://redd.it/239kku ..would love to see a dev find a way to launch it from a tile as i really liked it.
  • I've had listen for many months now and it has been my default app til date..
  • How can you create playslists in Listen?
  • Thank god for bi weekly stuff. Anyway, it'll take them ages to sort out the mess, and another few months to bring it to Zune ear magnificence.
  • Sadly, the Xbox Music app has been a pretty poor experience for those of us who had extensive music collections & playlists BEFORE Xbox Music service arrived.  Playlists are often missing or mangled or missing songs.  Playlists often show up twice... and are empty. Honestly, it seems like a music app would be one of the the easiest apps to make awesome.  I mean, Apple's been doing it for about 15 years... and Microsoft has had WMP for ages.  It's puzzling that Microsoft can't figure it out.
  • In Windows 8.1 they even screwed up WMP since it cannot display Album Art if your music is on an SD card.  
  • I moved to Nokia MixRadio; I am sick of Xbox music not even being able to display correct album and artist art; until that it fixed MS can keep their Xbox Music cr-app.  
  • nokia mix radio is awesome , but the problem with it , is the music  quality s not the best one can get!
    64 kbps or some are even as down as 32kbps
  • Nokia MixRadio can be used for playing local songs too. ;)
  • I hope they bring in log in support since I can't get my moms device to use my account in music on 8.1 like I could in 8 :/
  • Doubtful, as the Xbox Music app on Windows 8.1 does not allow you to do this.
  • Yeah they seriously need this, I should be able to log into my account on other devices! Or maybe I use two Microsoft accounts.
  • Yup and I really like Xbox music so I really don't want to switch to beats music or something like that
  • As nice as that was on 8, the Xbox music site make it very clear that music pass is not intended to be shared.
  • Will it wouldn't go totally against what Microsoft is doing especially with how their doing the family Xbox live gold deal with one gold account so maybe they will idk though
  • Nice. Because atm its a big ol steaming pile of shit.
  • Amen, we don't have History, Recent or swipe left or right to change tracks.
  • Or full track list .
  • there's a tiny list button next to bottom right of the song image
  • There has always been a full track list in xbox music
  • oh no, you made a well deserved negative comment about a MSFT product, prepared to be called an android fanboy
  • its not streaming anything right now tbh
  • I can't even find new music that comes out. The "Featured" section isn't good enough.
  • I know. How do you discover new music with this new app
  • This is my biggest gripe too! I can't find music in the new Store update either so we're basically screwed when it comes to new releases...
  • Sh*t up Android fanboy.     Just to note: that's not serious ment, but neonspark litterly asked for it. :p Through I agree, the current state of the Xbox Music app in Windows Phone 8.1 is not verry well.
  • Song ratings and dynamic playlists!!!!!
  • THISS. I lived for dynamic playlists! I freaky hope they bring this back.
  • Yup. Dynamic playlists was my most used feature. I haven't found anything that replicates the experience.f I've switched over to Beats Music until Xbox Music comes up to standard.
  • What are dynamic playlist?
  • Eg. A 'like' playlist is built from the ones you have liked, or ' new ' is ones you've downloaded in the last month, etc.
  • A playlist of conditions instead of specific tracks. "Played less than X times" for example.
  • Yes, dynamic lists would be fantastic
  • Cancelled my subscription. Lets see if it's worth coming back in the next few weeks.
  • Is the music app tight into the OS or is it a separate app that does not need an OS update to improve it?
  • Separate app. This is how they're able to push out frequent updates vs waiting for a whole OS update.
  • That! It is the overall goal of MS to unlink the platform own apps from OS integration to enable faster updates, but also enable developers to tap into system features to expand them. The future is looking real bright. ⌒.⌒
  • The future might be looking bright but the present not so much. If I knew I'd lose the games, music and photos hub in exchange for the no Portuguese swipe keyboard, notification centre (which is very very very plain) and new start screen...
  • You don't have portuguese swipe keyboard?
  • Well no, its not. Have you used this app? Takes 10 minutes to load my artist list and 5 minutes to DELETE an album. Its a joke. And its been like that for months. Doesn't look bright to me. :/
  • 2007 is the future now.
  • The future ain't what it used to be.
  • Its its own app now
  • Separate and easy to upgrade
  • Kinda both, everyone's doing it these days including the pioneer Google. They just released a separate Camera App update for Android and iOS yesterday. I do believe this is the right approach.
  • The first update is a day before my birthday, nice early present MS. :D
  • 22nd April IS my birthday! The presents for me! :-)
  • Awesome. Right now Cortana doesn't even recognize that I have any music. I pay for Xbox music, and it is all there when I launch the music app. This is only slight, but any more additions to make everything more user friendly is fine by me.
  • My Cortana recognises all my songs, in fact, I use her to play my music as it's faster than opening the bloody music app, find my album / artist and play.   "Resuming..." grinds my nerves!
  • I feel your pain buddy. It's too damn slow
  • She did not recognize the majority of my music. I tried probably 10 artists and only got a couple to work.
  • Well, I live in India, I don't have Cortana, and do not want to change my region to get it, I rather use Nokia MixRadio to play my music directory. Its way better than the current Xbox Music (Actually its just written Music here, no Xbox Music support in India)
  • Can the live tile do what the old integrated app did? Scroll the artist name and picture. Also its so hard to use the music marketplace...
  • Read the changelog, that is one of the features coming.
  • Oh its going to come after this update. Ok cool. Had to double check.
  • So I didn't quite feel like the article was specific enough. Will the live tile actually be "active" once again even when no music is playing? (Like the Zune Tile in WP7?) It was a beauty seeing the last played artist.
  • It used to scroll artist pics even when no music was playing back on wp7. Would love to have that again, it was a cool tile.
  • Remote playback control
  • Please, for the love of God, get GAPLESS PLAYBACK
  • That seems like a really niche feature, and a minor one even to that niche crowd...
  • Evertone seems to want this, me included, it is not niche
  • "everyone". Help me understand; when playing full albums not shuffled, one in every 30 artists might have a couple songs that do this. A) More features are always welcome but how important is it really?
    B) Who listens to music, by full albums, without shuffle anymore?
  • A lot of people still care about listening to full albums still, fwiw...
  • I listen to full albums
  • I died a little on the inside after reading that. Full albums are a complete work silly ;)
  • Take that back.
  • It IS a really niche feature, that only a few smartphone platforms support.  As far as I know, you can only get gapless music playback on Apple, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile phones - none of the others have implemented it.
  • THIS FFS! This Feature was requested on their Uservoice Page back in June, still nothing. Somehow I think the only purpose of this atrocious App, is to get as many xbox Music Passes as possible into consumers hands. Music experience on WP 8  is sadly a bad joke.
  • And the part that kills me is that if they would have just left the app alone and stuck with the player in WP7, they'd have a way better product.
  • The player in WP7 didn't support gapless.  (I totally agree that it was better than any of the subsequent "upgrades" to it, though.)
  • Nice good to see updates coming
  • GAPLESS!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!
  • Yeah, that's long overdue..
  • Beyoncé doesn't appear to like it.
  • Wut... gapless playback is a basic feature for an application that was supossedly designed to listen to music.
  • We need scrubbing enabled for music
  • Funny thing is xbox music on Android and iOS had this feature from the very beginning. I would really like to know why they did not include this feature in the WP app. This is pretty basic and common sense.
  • Don't you get the whole point of this app? Its to update it more frequently
  • Started playing with the music app again and at least one annoying thing has been fixed. I can search for a song using Cortana and then add that ONE song to an EXISTING playlist. Used to be you had to add the entire album to a new playlist.
  • I liked the old one where it was shown which songs are next and we could change a song by flipping.
  • Why would you cancel your subscription that cost money... You must be rich
  • It plays until the end of the period. Yeah, I'd be flash if i could afford that. When the battery's flat I just buy a new phone, doesn't everyone do that? ;-)
  • Believe you me, it sucks to get a new phone out of the box with half a charge or less. Have to go to Verizon sometimes twice a day to get new phones.
  • Pressing the Play button from the Bluetooth headset no longer plays music automatically. Need to launch Music app unlike previously.
  • You must have a messed up bluetooth headset then becuase mine works fine with all my headset buttons  
  • Not really. I am referring to when after connecting the headset, pressing Play will start the music where it previously left off or start the shuffled playlist of all songs without launching the app. All buttons are fine.
  • I get the same thing. I used to have my bluetooth able to automatically play as soon as I turned it on and hit play on my bluetooth device   This doesn't work anymore, I have to hit play on my WP THEN and only then I can I control my phone from my BT player. Its very very annoying.
  • Ditto ditto ditto... Thus is soooo a must.
  • MS has been very two steps forward one step back with the development of WP.
  • That's good news. I guess it technically isn't a bug, but I really hope the playlists don't stay limited to 100 songs. =/
  • With 8.1 im happy if the Music at least showed up. Can't play any purchased music currently.
  • Hearts
  • The hearts were useless- they literally did nothing. Unless you frequently forget that you like a song WHILE IT'S PLAYING.
  • Um..the hearts were not useless. You would use it to mark songs as favorites and then you could ask the app to play all your favorites. It was essentially a super easy way to create a playlist.
  • That was in WP7. They did nothing in WP8
  • I never had a wp7 device, and I distinctly remember being able to do that.
  • Sorry, you're crazy or telepathic.
  • http://www.wpcentral.com/what-does-heart-button-do-xbox-music There's an entire article about how they do nothing.
  • Weird.  I coulda sworn I used those hearts.  Maybe I am crazy.  Or telepathic.
  • Very nice I can't wait to get these updates
  • Looking forward to any updates to this. Likely my second most used app after messaging.
  • I want the live tile back from WP 7. Where it animates even when not playing music. Now it's boring and always static.
  • I don't remember it doing that. Animating while a song is playing, yes.
  • ^ That
  • It did. If you paused a song the artist picture would continue to animate on the live tile.
  • Fully agree!
  • Need the option to work completely offline do it doesn't screw up your album art and artist data.
  • It really needs a "I give 0 fucks about your Xbox Music, turn everything off" switch.
  • Was awaiting for this article. I think they should provide this update with another update to the os again. As they did at the time of gdr3. They had provided 2 updates 2 dev preview at the time of gdr3
  • As MSFT struggles in mobile, I find it ironic the best support for some of their services is to not use their OS...no wonder they are where they are at.
  • Much needed!!!... MS should give us the option to choose high quality downloads❕❕❕
  • Does bi-weekly mean twice a week or once in two weeks?
  • Every two weeks
  • Bing it.
  • Okay dunno why but the dictionaries say it can be both.
  • fail
  • Doesn't bi-annually mean twice a year?
  • Semi-annual
  • I just agreed to make car payments bi-weekly. I hope that means every two weeks.
  • That means, live tile soon?
  • Yep!
  • They need cortana on xbox one asap! Ability to play a playlist by voice control would be awesome on that system.
  • This is much needed. Can't wait! Good job MS, listen to your customers
  • I enjoyed the old feature where you could swipe left or right on the now playing screen to move to the next song. I'd like that back cause its easier to do that when ur in the car driving than it is to find and press a button
  • ^This
    Trying to use the app while driving is a nightmare
  • Check out "Swipe Tunes" for Windows Phone http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=ab248a64-0692-4367-983f-20c2904b778d
  • That feature actually annoyed me. It was counter intuitive for me. So many times I would want to go back to the artist list or some other part of the app while continuing to listen and instead it would change the song. Aaaargh!!
  • This app just needs to be re-done. Why they strip features is beyond me. Also where the eff is gapless playback!!???
  • They didn't strip features! We have a freaking preview build of Windows 8.1 and not the final version. That means some apps/features are being rebuilt or built for the first time. Maybe MS shouldn't have made it so easy for the average joe to get if they can't understand simple things like that...
  • Let's both follow up to this post when 8.1 ships, and we can see what features are or aren't "stripped out," OK?  Setting my Cortana reminder now... :-)
  • Media control buttons??? Those only show for a split second on the lock screen, why
  • I haven't found a way to view new releases yet...thats a big part of Tuesdays for me!
  • Same here! I liked checking all the music that came out on Tuesdays too.
  • Yea same here, I have to browse on my laptop every Tuesday since there is no new release section on my phone.
  • How about returning my hub functionality? I had one wide live tile for music, this one, and I could launch music from my collection, Pandora, Nokia music, cloudmuzik, and even metrotube, all from my Xbox music app. Now the hub functionality is nearly gone from windows phone (except games and people), and its a big step back for the platform.
  • I agree, the hubs were the biggest selling point for the platform; now that it's on the way out, it's essentially just another mobile OS, like iOS or Android, but with a different UI or launcher.
  • I think the main reason for breaking things out as separate apps was to allow for quicker and easier updates. For example, the update that's coming mentioned in the article. Whereas previously we had to wait for system updates. I was perplexed at first when I updated to 8.1 and my podcasts weren't in the music app. But simply downloaded the podcasts app. Makes WP more agile and responsive ultimately.
  • New track added list missing
  • Will this update allow Cortana to stream my music that is in the cloud? This would be infinitely more awesome if it could, since I only stream my music.
  • +2
  • How about a freaking slider for going through the song? 
  • Still no real track scrubbing? Or auto paylists? Man do I miss Zune...
  • Yes, now you have to buy an iPhone if you want a decent music experience.
  • D:
  • This is great news.
  • I like what I see! Nice one, Redmond!
  • Trying to use this app while driving is hard. I miss the old UI left and right sliders.
  • Check out "Swipe Tunes" for Windows Phone http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=ab248a64-0692-4367-983f-20c2904b778d
  • Ditto, I liked being able to "safely" swipe the screen to change the song. It's annoying that I now can't.
  • One of the things I miss they most from iTunes is to be able to have lyrics for the music. I wonder if they ever plan on adding that.
  • Welcome :)
  • I really need a good reason to pick Xbox over Spotify.. Xbox doesn't have Spotify's custom playlists, right? Like soundtracks, mixes, etc..
  • The experience used to be flawless back when we had Zune on WP 7
  • +1. It was perfect. Custom artwork support, metadata editing, etc. Those were the days.
  • The rapid updates are just for the music app, or for all of the core 8.1 applications ?
  • Bring back new releases. Useless until then.
  • +1
  • Quest about Xbox music on windows 8.1, can you still swipe to switch songs or did they remove it?
  • Removed. :(
  • http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=ab248a64-0692-4367-983f-20c2904b778d
  • People use Xbox music?
  • As opposed to?
  • Check out gomusic in the store.
  • So.... Another month until this train wreck is fixed completely... Yay.
  • Hope it will be better, or just give back the old music player :3
  • Glad to hear this is being fixed, the loading is my main problem… I'm not bothered about the tile because I use it as the smallest tile size. But the constant file loading every time you opened it up bothered me. Personally I'm wishing they fixed the loading with Nokia Mix radio when loading your library, as ever since xbox music has been rubbish I've started using that to play my library's music and it's really really good - I hadn't used it in a while and the recent updates have made it really neat.
  • Couldn't believe that I hold the call button on my hands free headset and I can ask to play music so cool.
  • It's a developer preview.....you should expect these kinds of bugs. If you can't deal with them, wait for the official 8.1 release. These releases ARE NOT meant for every day users.
  • come on stop this nonsense. This App should have already been ready. Since its release to the WP store(4 Months ago!) the Xbox Team did nothing to improve it, the opposite happened, it got worse/unuseable. What were they doing all the time?
  • I miss being able to look new releases. All they have is featured albums which doesn't necessarily include new releases. Used to be able to look at new releases by genre as well and that is gone
  • please tell me I wont need a music pass to listen to my offline collection...
  • It would be great, but I doubt MS would remove this limitation. It's the only reason I would consider paying for Music Pass.
  • As a ex Android user, I would like to integrate with Google Play.
  • Then get an app from the store or get Android again
  • Do you know of any other than the cloudmusik ?
  • You can vote for a feature that allows xbox music to do what Google Music does. I submitted a feature request to the MS User Voice. Vote for it if you like it. http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/suggestions/5767844-xbox-music-to-stream-uploaded-music-from-onedrive
  • I did , tks  
  • "Background initial sync of local and cloud content" YAY.  Worst part of all the xbox music apps (WP/iOS/Android).  Syncing on load was/is a waste of time.
  • Nothing in that list would have been on my top 10 list of fixes needed. Xbox music, still full of fail.
  • I wish there was a way to just get the original Zune HD interface on Windows Phone. It's still far superior to anything I've seen in a portable device since it launched. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Amen to that. I still use Zune desktop as my Win 8.1 client as well.
  • Is there any on saving the battery????
  • Woo hoo!
  • Is there any update on saving the battery life????
  • I already have Cortana integration for Xbox music
  • I really miss the custom artist artwork that were could use in WP 8 using MPA tool app, many of the Japanese artist I listen to don't have an artist background anymore.... Is really sad, also I don't know but if there are some audiophiles here can you confirm with me if you're having troubles with playing lossless WMA files? Like lags and stuff?
  • Works fine here
  • Yeah. Many of my movie score albums that i was able to fix with mpatool (itself an example of the broken music app in WP8) have strange foreign artwork now. Craptacular.
  • Seriously...I really want it back, I am a music freak and no matter how good the phone or the OS is, until the music experience is amazing I don't find anything amazing about the phone or the OS. I bought Windows Phone just because of the music experience because it was unique. But now its becoming crappy
  • MPAtool doesnt work anymore? Yikes.. Xbox Music is shit, and their track record doesnt inspire any confidence that these updates will be timely or fix the issues everyone is complaining about.
  • Make it stop saying I don't have digital rights to songs I do have legally!
  • Wait so they force you to connect to Xbox music and mess with your id3 tags? No way to turn it off like wp8? Well there's another reason not to update.
  • Just started using it since Spotify f***** up with WP8.1. Terrible experience, so I hope for a better layout and UI soon.
  • Great to see they are addressing those issues. So we get a new Xbox music app every 2 weeks? Also, any news on the broken Games hub?
  • The fastest current way to start listening to your music is by using Cortana. The ducking, bloody app takes millennia to open. Gawd, I was never bothered by those "loading..." messages until I met Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1.0, 2014.
  • This is good to see. I stopped using Xbox Music after the developer update was released. I was hoping for some rapid fixes as I do plan on using this once again (I pay for the service!). IN the meantime I've been using the Nokia streaming app.
  • And what about the xbox games app. Its not loading my games list. And as soon as I open it, it starts updating everything everytime. And that splash screen really makes it slow.
  • To be completely honest ill probably cancel my subscription if I can't look at the new releases and just go back to pirating. This is ridiculous.
  • Jesus, where is cloud locker? They told us this was coming in 2012.
  • the play skip buttons are so SMALL!!
  • The most horrible thing right now is that Now Playing screen. They should have never messed with that.
  • I used to have an XBOX Music Pass, but now I have Sonos I've switched to Deezer because Sonos don't support XBOX Music, at least for now.  I hope it comes one day because I'd like to give it another try.
  • I hope they are looking at the Music Store too.  They removed the "New Release" section, which had to be a mistake...RIGHT??
  • This is my big gripe too... not having New Releases section, by genre (and even subgenre), is a big oversight.  Especially when the Top Artists/Songs/Albums never seem to change.  Further, since it's a paid service, it'd be nice to see them implement recommendations in the form of notifications... especially when new music is released from someone in your collection.
  • Thank Cortana!
  • Love the bi-weekly releases. Hubs were a great idea, but if we get updates like this, then i'm way happier with this system.
  • i have a problem with the interface, the songs name is extremely large and only shows the first 15 letters!!
    using L1320
  • That seems to have always been an issue. My Zune HD does this. Honestly, I don't think they'll ever update that. I know this is mostly an issue with Classical Music.
  • The slide to change track and recent history for ALL music/video apps in the hub needs to come back
  • The lock screen doesn't always display the artist even though the option is selected.
  • Coming features: a semi working app. Not yet in par with Zune, and honestly never will unless all of us cancel our subscriptions. Money is the only language they really understand. I hope their new CEO reads these comments or at least has a team listening to their customers. Getting rid of Zune has been the most inexplicable and stupidest thing MS has done in the last few years imho.
  • Damn straight. Their track record inspires no confidence that they'll ever get the app to be as good as Zune, nevermind in timely fashion.
  • What about people that DON'T want to sync to the cloud?... Damn thing's messed up my tags and album art...
  • We'll have to buy an iPhone.
  • Honestly, functionally the Layout of the Music Hub was much better than the current app. The Music Hub had next song preview, navigation to previous and next track with a swipe, share, heart for favorite tracks even though this didn't really work) and a shuffle that exceeded 100 songs. So in the spirit of that design I'd love it if they #1 Give us the Store, Collection, History and New Sections back as the entry point of the application. I searched for a lot more music seeing those sections first because i saw what was new in the store, what I've downloaded or added to my collection and what I've been listening to. Basically, having those sections gave me an incentive to search for new music before I started the listening process because I had a good overview of the state of my current collection. Add some badges like foursquare for music heads to thump their chest about. People take great joy in supposedly finding bands and artist so give them something to crow about. Add some achievements that result in free crap for using the XBOX Music Pass. Free T-Shirts, gift cards, music, concert tickets, Posters, Windows Phone accessories like headphones and extra streaming hours. Basically, give me every incentive to get a pass and use it besides I can't do anything in the App without it. #2 Bring back the now playing section as the second navigation point once I've selected some music to listen to. This layout makes for a much better experience because you can add functionality solely related to playing music like EQ settings, achievements, what friends on Live are listening to, shared playlist, and all manor of social features as part of the Landscape control. Build an ecosystem around the listening experience. Make it personal and communal all at the same time. #3 Reduce size of the Header of the Now Playing Landscape control #4 With the reduced header add the three song next track preview back to the Now playing UI. being able to see what's next up gives me a good incentive to jump back into the store versus wondering if I need to focus on hitting the skip button in the next 2 minutes. #5 Restore the ability to swipe back and forth on the Art cover as an alternate form of previous and next song navigation. If that's not to your liking, let us use swiping back and forth across the album cover to control song scrubbing like we currently have in mytube. I know this duplicates the functionality of the controls at the bottom, but it reinforces the use of gestures across the entire windows Ecosystem. if you ever want o get rid of the Start Menu permanently, users need to be conditioned to the joys of swiping. Lol #6 Bring back wireless Local file sync. i know you want to music match my collection but for songs that can't be matched, make it easy for me to get them on my device. It's more of a make the user feel good feature. then encourage me to take the list of unmatched songs and submit them for review to help expand the music base as the XBox Music team reviews the current catalog.   I think this just about covers my biggest gripes outside of the loading times and stability improvements needed.
  • Please, post this on user voice over xbox Music =D
  • I already have, but it will never be seen because it has to bubble up to the top with votes. New ideas get burried behind old ones with votes. http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-suggestion-box/suggestions/5791788-xbox-music-application-for-windows-phone-8-1-revam
  • One suggestion we can't play music calling time in other platform we can play music during calling time before me used S60 NOKIA devices ther we can play music calling time and in low audio my gf and me did romantic communication kindly add this option to calling time music in background is better some time,
    Same thing we cant record and send music in WhatsApp and some chat application.
    Just in we chat application we can play music and record that audio file and we can send to this function need in all chat apps and calling time to
  • Why haven't they added the ability to customize the artist or album artwork that shows in the background when the song is playing? Also, drag and drop album artwork.
  • THIS. Such basic feature being forgotten. Also editing ID tags/metafile would be great.
  • Bi weekly updates. Hell yeah.
  • Yeah!
  • Is there a reason why Microsoft stubbornly ignores all the pleas for gapless playback? Apple's had it since the iPod. Android doesn't have it yet. Would be a nice feature to have before Google. They need someone who really loves music to oversee the decisions with Xbox Music...
  • There's a link in the article. Go tell Microsoft. You can do it!
  • Oh I did as well. I was just wondering if there was a reason given in the past that I wasn't aware of.
  • I swear they only hear what they want to hear. Really? Want to give us what we want? Pick up a God damn Zune HD, and make Xbox Music work EXACTLY like the music and video portion of that. We have been telling you this for three years now. We pretty muh have held your hand on this and you still keep botching it up. You guys are either def, don't care what we want, or are just plain dumb as a brick. Im running out payience with this fools. You almost had Music+Video hub perfect, and was waiting for you to fix the horrible Windows 8/RT Video app, Music app, and Sync app. So What do you do? Almost nothing with these three apps (still can't do crap with your personal libraries) and instead wreck phone portion AGAIN. For real.... someone fire whoever keeps driving this car off the cliff already.
  • There's a link for this on the article. Stop bickering at wpc.
  • Agree 100%.
  • Can anyone recommend a good music player that you like?
  • Try Extreme Music.
  • artist image in the background...nd lockscreen........and recently added
  • Slider for forward and backward too...plzzz
  • And the Lockscreen new live Ui will be avaible with the final version of WP 8.1 (with the lockscreen themes)
  • If they add the tile with the artist back I may have to rethink th transparent live tile with which I replaced the default one.
  • I am so glad they are bringing the live tile back, its always been one of my favorite features.
  • Wonder what Blue UI is.
  • A recent list... WIN!! Please to god i hope the recent list would sync with my PC as well!
  • I want inline controls compatible with Apple earphones including mic. Seems it's all anyone makes anymore.
  • Apple earphones are propiterary to Apple devices.  You need to get universal headphones (for Android/Blackberry/Windows) for the inline controls to work.  They work flawlessly and even work well with activating Cortana while your phone is in your pocket! :D
  • how about real features like:
    > scrubbing
    > swiping to change track
    > transparent tile
    > ability to easily edit playlists.
    > stop playing music after specified time.
    > syncing playlists
  • Follow the links provided and place your feedback there
  • Bring back my damn podcasts!
  • Podcasts are there... and better than before.  It's in the new Podcasts app.
  • That app has yet to open successfully. And now I have a whole other app just for podcasts? Really?
  • Well, a lot of people were complaining about having a separate podcast app. So, there you go. Personally, I liked the Music + Video hub. Now, I just created folders to replace its functionality.
  • Glad they're fixing the local song issue. Next they need to fix the Podcast App. It doesn't run in the background. As soon as my screen turn off it stops playing. Nokia Icon
  • Check under "Battery Saver" whether you've given it permission to run in the background.  (I have, and it runs in the background just fine for me)
  • Sad that the list does not include:
    - Animated now playing live tile
    - Full screen now playing view (like all previous versions had... it looks horrible with the giant 'xbox music and now playing' titles
    - Scrubbing (to skip through a track without having to hold onto forward button)
    - Gapless playback
  • Dudes. There's a link for your suggestions.
  • It's common sense, you don't make a music app without basic music player features. Do we really have to suggest the obvious?
  • Seems faster comments will load on. Can wait for the update again
  • As long as it doesn't look and function like this current piece of crap I'll be happy. Put back some of the features from windows phone 7 including hub. Wi-Fi sync. And a robust desktop app to manage and sync content. Aka zune desktop app. 400GB of music it's impossible to use Xbox music.
  • already moved to Listen and Nokia MixRadio i might use Xbox Music again when they get it right
  • I haven't been having any trouble actually. (sorry?) My dream feature list:
    1) Full cortana integration "show me my weezer albums" , "do I have any Aquabats?" would be awesome. REALLY awesome.
    2)Better syncing between Xbox one and windows phones collection. The collection should sync across platforms as well as the playlists do.
    3)Cortana integration with podcast app. "Play This American Life", "is there a new Radiolab episode?"
  • I can't see my music local file type m4a while before I can play it on wp8
  • I miss swiping to change song. Made skipping songs while driving so much easier and safer. Now I have to look down and try to hit the next button as opposed to simply swiping left or right.
  • +1
  • Looks like you guys will become gamma testers for the rest of us! Thx!
  • They are missing two major things for me to renew my subscription: I need to be able to upload my own music to their 'cloud' like I can do with Google Music (20,000 songs uploaded and hosted for free, listen wherever you have an internet connection) I need to be able to manage what songs are sync'd and make sure that the meta data is correct - no more partially syncing albums that I have a complete album of or matching some of my explicit songs to the edited version - if I have the explicit version it's because that's how I want to listen to it so don't change it for me unless I ask you to.   Other small stuff would make it even better but those two things are really the crux of what I need.
  • Malcolm, I submitted a feature request to Microsoft's User Voice asking for the Cloud feature.  Check it out and vote for it! http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/suggestions/5767844-xbox-music-to-stream-uploaded-music-from-onedrive
  • I just voted and left a comment. I think the more appropriate place to do this however is in the Xbox Music user voice page listed at the end of this article. It's the 4th item on the list (sorted by number of votes) that asks for this service. It's been requested since they initially stated it was coming to Xbox Music, well over a year ago. But this is MS speed (slow as ****)...
  • Thanks Malcolm.  I searched so much for this feature before posting a new suggestion but I guess I was looking in the wrong place. I'll vote there as well.
  • Awesome! I REALLY hope everyone goes and votes on this feature - it would make this phone that much more complete! http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/forums/209733-xbox-music-suggestion-box/suggestions/4116264-the-ability-to-upload-and-playback-my-music-from-a
  • I would like to be able to play songs I've got on my onedrive. If someone could make an app for that which actually works it would be very popular 
  • Hey Joe, I submitted a feature request to Microsoft's User Voice asking for just that.  Check it out and vote for it! http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/suggestions/5767844-xbox-music-to-stream-uploaded-music-from-onedrive
  • Nice, thats much more productive than what everyone else does (like me) and just comments their idea on here :) 
  • Again, another update another failure. Where are the features??? So sick of waiting for them to actually ad something useful. No sorta of what I own and what I'm leasing, no Ss, no buying multiple tracks or whole playlists at once, another non news item being reported as an update, thanks for nothing.
  • Bring back new and history please :)
  • Can we have a remember play position...good for audiobooks
  • Better Play To Support.   I want to be able to send music to my Xbox one, as easy as I can from win 8.1.   How is that not here yet?  Would be nice, If you could just choose the xbox as a sound out device, and all sound from the phone just goes straight there.
  • Cortana can't seem to play any of my streaming collection, telling me that I need to enable streaming. I have streaming enabled and can play it fine manually. Also, I still can't play more than first 100 songs in a playlist, but that's been a problem since before 8.1....
  • Seek in the songs without using buttons, that would be great
  • Here's a suggestion for them. Turn on a Zune HD and port all that functionality over. When that's done, you'll only be 5 years behind the curve.
  • Hear! Hear! I loved my Zune HD.
  • I would like to see better integration with the software and connected windows mobile device. Control music and video content through the individual apps on my computer. IE the way Zune software worked. I would like better Zune pass integration with Xbox music software I'm tired of trying to sync two different devices on two different software's... I would like to be able to connect and sync automatically. I'm beginning to think that Microsoft doesn't even use the own software because if they did they would see how frustrating these apps are and how not user friendly they are... I hope they do something soon!
  • I just want to be able to download my music to my phone, it currently won't let me do that. I think the UI in general could use a bit of a face lift lol.
  • What about artist image on lock screens?
  • +720 u stole my words
  • The worst changing app is Xbox music in 8.1. It doesn't read some musics ( not happened before in wp8 ) , could not show all the musics in one album... Hope it will be changed with this update.
  • If you would like to stream your own music from OneDrive without having to match it to Xbox catalogue and without the Music Pass, vote for this idea on User Voice. http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/suggestions/5767844-xbox-music-to-stream-uploaded-music-from-onedrive
  • Anyone have a fix for the Black Screen?  I have rebooted, pulled the SD, cleared cache.  No way of reinstalling the app and does not appear to be seperate app data or chache for the app.  
  • Thank God...
  • Just don't mess with my curated metadata!! If it isn't in the Xbox Music database, leave it alone. Wish I could uninstall the Music app.
  • Ditto
  • Visualization option to launch a "Zune" like artist/song info... I miss that
  • Biweekly meaning every fortnight or twice a week?
  • 1) GAPLESS PLAYBACK
    2) GAPLESS PLAYBACK
    3) GAPLESS PLAYBACK
    4) GAPLESS PLAYBACK
    5) GAPLESS PLAYBACK
    6) GAPLESS PLAYBACK
    7) GAPLESS PLAYBACK
    8) GAPLESS PLAYBACK
    9) GAPLESS PLAYBACK
    10) GAPLESS PLAYBACK ...Should I go on???? For fu**s sake MS, how long do we have to wait for this??? (Zune has it!!)
  • LOL read my mind
  • Everything but WP has gapless playback, even my cheapo chinese MP3 player.
  • With the current state of the Xbox Music app, is there any other way to delete Albuns other than deleting the songs? :(
  • This
  • I am really looking forward to being able to initiate playlists with Cortana. I will use that feature frequently.
  • Go back to Zune MS. I want to skip tracks by swipe!
  • Gapless playback would seem like a no brainer. Been done and should never have been dropped from the original Zune HD features. More important to me now is the background sync.
  • Are they gonna fix the bug That sshows a black screen when you click on the volume window ?
  • I wanna scroll through the song!
  • By making this a separate app they place themselves squarely in the shoes of developers. Update or become irrelevant.
  • Xbox Music becoming a good music app is my fondest wish - I'm a big fan of WP, and I *LOVE* everything about 8.1, except for the still-dismal music experience.   But my *second* fondest wish is for Xbox Music to be irrelevant - because that would mean that enough of the platform is exposed to other developers so that another team somewhere who actually prioritizes the music experience can write the "killer app" that MS has (so far) been unwilling or unable to write.   (Wouldn't it be cool if the old "Zune" team got together in an abandoned warehouse somewhere and wrote that killer app? :-))
  • Glad to see some movement on this. I'm having some serious problems: Music pauses to load between songs. This seems worse than the lack of gap-less playback as it pauses for a good moment. Very jarring. Music will not proceed to the next track in an album during play when offline. Yes, I saved the album to be playable offline. I love modern UX. but here it just feels cheap a few places. I hope they polish a bit and make it easier to make lists and albums available offline. I do like the artist backgrounds and all of that.
  • What you describe in point 1. (i.e. Music pauses between songs), is what gapless playback refers to. Seemless music playback, with no gaps or pauses.
  • Cortana can already play a playlist by name.
  • Pitiful changes for hands down the worst music player ever created. Most people would settle for something like the 2007's iPhone music experience, but 7 freaking years are not enough for MS to catch up on something so stupidly simple. Take the ZuneHD software and do a copypasta or something because the music UX in WP is downright embarrasing, and it's getting even worse with each "upgrade".  
  • What the fuck happened to ' new releases ' section ? Gone back to the dark ages.....
  • BRING ZUNE BACK.......nuffsaid...
  • Almost seems like the same team that brought us the initial version of Xbox Music on Windows 8. That was a steaming pile as well. And to think, they almost got it so right with the Zune HD and Zune PC software. How can things have gone so wrong in the same space.    
  • My phone didn't sync properly with xbox music on pc on the previous version now when I download a track on my phone it appears on my pc straight away so I'm happy, lets not forget the good stuff people
  • Agreed, they have fixed a lot of the problems with the windows version (no longer get missing tracks, duplicated entries etc), but they do need to tidy up the phone 8.1 offer
  • Curiously, I find myself pleading for MS to bring back the Xbox Music Hub as it was right before the dev prev. This is the same music service that I was so disappointed in about a year ago. With alot of effort and research and incremental updates by MS I was able to find workarounds to adress all the problems I was having. 1. If I made a playlist in the Zune program on my pc it easily transfered to my phone through the wp app "add music" transfer (listed in Playlists). 2. Choose whatever background art for the artist that I wanted through MPATool (sometimes had to download pics from last.fm to my phone then through MPATool) See the art that I chose being displayed on that very cool "Live Tile" on my start screen. Everything else in regards to playing my local files and seeing them show up in my phone was resolved by making sure that everything was tagged correctluy (thanks MP3Tag!). I am not really interested in streaming music through my phone that really chews up data. To me that is not what a music player on my phone is for. Hopefully these updates restore some of our ability to modify the appearance and function of what was the main reason I choose the Windows Phone.
  • So where is the update then? Today is 22nd and they said it would be out today!
  • This!
  • I want to know if bi-weekly updates means that they will update the app twice a week or once every other week... I have a feeling that we'll be lucky if we get an update every other week...
  • well, I'm paid bi-weekly and that means every two weeks.
  • Bi-weekly can mean that or it can refer to twice a week
  • I would bet that it's every two weeks. If they're using a Agile / scrum project methodology two weeks is a common length of time for a sprint. I suspect twice a week would be too agressive to deliver new functionality and would be taking any agile process too far.
  • Yeah thats most likely the case. Just hoping they actually deliver on that. Still waiting for the first update that was rumored for today...
  • Yea, bi-weekly can mean both. They should have used "fortnightly" instead.
  • Any info on Xbox music April 22nd update
  • I came here to ask for the same thing. Maybe they'll publish it later today
  • Any update?
  • Nope
  • Where is the app?
  • Finger not quite on the pulse, after all...... Wheres the update?
  • Yeah nothing.  That kind of sucks!  They criple the music listening capabilities and then don't relase the update that they said they would.  :(
  • Where is the update now??
  • So sad... why give a date then? Just say: "the update will roll out in the next week" Giving a date and not release anything only make users furious.
  • Where is the damn update?
  • Maybe they meant April 22nd of 2015? lol
  • The current update today seems to support truly random plays.  For example, with Random Shuffle active, asking Cortana to play your playlist results in a random track being selected.  This is what I wanted since forever. :)
  • I dint get the first update for music player. IM using windows phone developer preview and I live in India. Please help
  • They going to fix the broken music downloads? Whent though colleciton and chose a bunch of albums to download. Large chunks of the songs are stuck in permanent Paused mode.Most of the time, the Downloads queue actually shows as empty. ANd there seems to be no UI to allow you to go to the download queue directly. I have a number of albums that the phone seem sto think are complete when only a few songs have downloaded.    It's a total mess.