Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8.1 updated to change tracks by swiping album art
We’ve heard a lot of complaints from the community about the Xbox Music app since its release. And the lot of you have become even more vocal since upgrading to Windows Phone 8.1. In Windows Phone 8.1, the Music hub we’ve had since Windows Phone 7 has been dropped. You can still get it with a few tricks, but it’s really dead for all intents and purposes. Microsoft is pinning the future of audio entertainment with the Xbox Music app – now just called Music in the Windows Phone Store.
Today we’re getting our third update to Xbox Music for Windows Phone since the release of Windows Phone 8.1. Let’s jump in and find out what Microsoft fixed and added with this update.
First up, let’s go over what’s been happening with Xbox Music the past month.
When Windows Phone 8.1 came out, the Music hub was hidden and Xbox Music was made your music player. You can use apps like Music Hub tile to jump into the old music player, but it’s really time to move on. Hopefully Microsoft can update Xbox Music to live up to the expectations of the community.
The first update to Xbox Music, version 2.5.2842.0, came on Friday the 25th of April. That update finished off some Cortana integration with playlists, stability fixes and more. The second update, version 2.5.3884.0, came on May 9. This update introduced audio scrubbing, UI fixes, a background initial sync of local and clout content, and more.
Today we’re looking at version 2.5.3929.0 in the Windows Phone Store. Here’s what we get today:
- Swipe the album art on the Now Playing screen to change tracks.
- UI layout changes to make more room for content.
- Minor bug fixes.
Not a bad update! Swipe the album art either up or down to go to the next or previous track. Works well and you get sort of see it in action with the screenshots above.
According to Microsoft here’s what else we have to look forward in the future:
- Continued focus on stability and performance improvements.
- Initial sync of local and cloud content happens in the background.
- Support for greater than 100 songs in Now Playing queue.
- Faster loading of long lists.
- Transparent Tile support.
- Live Tile support.
- Kid’s Corner support.
- General UX improvements.
Grab the new Xbox Music for Windows Phone update and let us know what you think!
Bonus: Xbox Video also has an update. It's now at version 2.5.3929.0, thought Microsoft didn't include a changelog beyond 'minor fixes and improvements'. That means we'll need your help seeing what's new. Sound off in the comments if you notice anything new with Xbox Video.
Via: Xbox Music UserVoice
Thanks for the tip Robin!
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Scrolling long song titles
Ability to delete cloud content
Fast loading of long lists
History of recently played music Once I have all of that my rating will go to 5 stars. On this update I did change it to 2 from 1.
We need the New, and Recent panes back...
And yes, new, recent and the epic live tile, we want them back !
It kinda makes you wonder how Rudy can make a app so fast and so very refined out the gate... The resolution on XBM8.1 is still not optimized for 1080p screens.. But that's not priority.... Seriously, MS should just give Rudy a few hundred grand and let him do the app... And, I'm serious!
And same applies to the Facebook app by Microsoft, and the official twitter app ! I was scared of recommending windows phone to a friend because I'm scared she'll get mad at me if she doesn't like the Facebook, twitter and instagram apps ! :-P (she can use 6tag, but it doesn't yet have dm, no live notifications, and video upload is not free). Yet, i have recommended it, lets see whether I'm successful or not :-P
Anyway, Xbox music now seems useable, so this issue is solved to sone extent. Now if only 930 would land in India soon ! (or she'd pick an android :-P)
I guess we can expect an update every other Friday.... Nice, very nice..
It really is sad, because I was excited about, but after 3 updates and almost none improvements I hope nothing. The same thing happens with Windows 8 app: Almost none features in months. I think in change services.
When playing a m4a file if I jump back or ahead I hear a very annoying audio glitch.
Everything is fine doing that with a mp3 file.
Is it just me or a new bug? I never noticed this before, but maybe I missed that.
(I hope the Xbox Music team doesn't move on to fix Excel.)
Shit.. Still they haven't concentrated on loading of songs..
& They are fixing silly bugs only...
Pls do well in the next update...
Nice to see them keeping this going.
..I tried several times and got stuck loading in black screen...soft reset didn't help..Dear MS team, are you sure these updates got the idea to improve the app?
So many missed features, and they add 1~2 features per 2 weeks , it'll take several months to be usable. Till then, I'll stick to Nokia mixradio. Xbox team, plz just use other music apps like mixradio, google music,music of iOS or whatever. It'll help to fix horrible UI of current xbox music app.
*Goes to try out new swipe feature*
*Realizes they made it vertical swipe instead of the normal right to left swipe they have been using since Zune HD*
Do we need to show them how to do everything?
• You mentioned that there are other Apps & tricks to get the old app: Is there another app that can do that ? Aside from Music Hub Tile & the NFC trick.
• How did you get the Artist Backgrounds to work in the new app? Thanks, enjoy your weekend :D
( when from the volume centre, you taped the song title, it didn't open the now playing section, just a black screen. Now it does open the now playing section)
XBM still shows around 15 per cent of the cover art for me, while any other application does well. No idea what's the Problem here.
I like this new way of changing tracks, but that's the only good thing about this new app so far
Edit:its not compatible wid wp8.1
You list features like a pro, but all these features HAVE ALREADY BEEN THERE. There is no thing 'nice' or 'good' or 'looking forward' to.
Microsoft broke a perfectly working service. How is it 'time to move on'? This is moving backward.
Do you realize, your 'looking forward to'- feature list does not even contain all the features that exist in WP 8 (artist on lockscreen) that means the music experience is planned to be worse that before. I don't understand how ya all can,be so haply about all this!
Hoping someone writes an article for foolproof id3 tags
It feels like you're using an app made from App Studio. Same on FB Messenger too.