Alex Garden, General manager for Xbox MVR ( MVR – Music, Video and Reading) today blogged about their experience of building the updated Music app for Windows 8.1 devices. Xbox Music app got completely re-designed from its previous version and it has got some new UX which everyone demanded. It packs Xbox Music service features like ad-supported free streaming, custom internet radio stations and the ability to take their music and playlists to different devices, ability to import from SD card, etc,. As you can see, we have condensed what were 3 layers of the app into a simple, single page with clear callouts of our major app features – collection, streaming radio, the store and playlists. Moving between the features is as simple as clicking the title. In addition, playback controls are always visible on screen making it simple to pause the song you are listening to or skipping ...

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Artists have released songs as ITunes exclusives for many years now and it looks like Microsoft is starting to play the game too.  For the next 14 days “A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES,” by Linkin Park will stream exclusively for 14 days on Xbox Music.  Microsoft explained the collaboration in further detail on the Xbox Wire. The catalyst for this relationship was gaming.  Years ago, our band had legendary Xbox tournaments on our tour bus playing “Halo”—competitions which often included fans and other bands.  As our career has progressed, we have always been attached to gaming, and eventually got opportunities to participate in the space.  We’ve enjoyed partnerships with “Medal Of Honor” and EA over the years, and even released games on our own (this month, we’ve released a new free-to-play Facebook game entitled RECHARGE.) Gaming and Xbox, however, were just the introduction; it wasn’t the thing that got me interested ...

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Along with the news that Microsoft is releasing Xbox Music apps for iOS, Android devices and free streaming on the web, Microsoft also detailed the upcoming redesigned Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices that is coming along with Windows 8.1 update. The app will come pre-installed on Windows 8.1 update, and gives access to global catalog of more than 33 million songs out of the box. If you have a Xbox Music pass, you can download your fav songs. There is also an option to stream millions of songs free on Windows 8.1. Changes in Xbox Music app: Get it in there: If you already have an existing music collection in your device’s Music library such as songs you ripped from CDs or DRM-free songs purchased from iTunes or Amazon.com – Xbox Music brings in all of it – no fuss, your music is just in there. As much ...

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Microsoft today announced a significant update to its Xbox Music service. Microsoft has released Xbox Music app for iOS and Android devices today. Apart from these mobile apps, Microsoft also announced free streaming on Xbox Music via the Web. However, you need an Xbox Music Pass subscription to make use of these apps. With a Xbox Music Pass, you get unlimited access to the songs and artists you want at any time with playback across your tablet, PC, phone and Xbox console for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Also you can enjoy the same content on Xbox Music Web player at http://music.xbox.com even without a Xbox Music Pass. Your playlists are synced across all these devices. Read full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 8, 2013 — Nearing its one-year anniversary, Microsoft Corp.’s all-in-one music service, Xbox Music, continues making strides to deliver all the music people ...

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The Xbox Music App has been redesigned in Windows 8.1.  The main focus of the app in Windows 8.0 was discoverability, the focus has now been shifted to playing music quickly from your own collection.  The new new Xbox Music app will feature a navigation column on the left side significant performance enhancements.  Other features include: Built-in Search: You’ll have faster access to your favorite songs, artists and albums with an in-app “Search” bar. Improved Collection Management: Simple access to your music starts in the “Collection,” where the music that you’ve saved in the Xbox Music cloud and your local music and will be at the forefront of the app. Streaming Radio Stations: “Radio” will offer seamless creation of new streaming Internet-radio stations based on artists you like and will give you faster access to your favorite Radio stations that you’ve already created. Exploring the Music Store: “Explore” will take ...

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You may recall there was a version Zune Pass on the web and now Microsoft is finally bring Xbox Music to the web too. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox Music plans have revealed to The Verge that the web-based version will launch next week at music.xbox.com. Microsoft has already started updating its Xbox Music pages in preparation, noting on some, that it’s “now available on the web.” Xbox Music on the web will work in a similar way to Spotify’s own web version, letting you stream music through the browser and manage playlists. While it won’t launch until next week, it’s possible that Microsoft may highlight the upcoming release during its Build developer conference that starts on June 26th. Microsoft has re-wrote the Xbox Music app for Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 will be released June 26th at the BUILD conference in San Francisco. Source: The Verge ...

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The Xbox Music app is not exactly the best advert for Windows 8, being slow, laggy and low on features. Microsoft has now unveiled version 1.1.144.0 of Xbox Music, which improves access to streaming free music and the transition from a trial subscription to a paid Xbox Music Pass as well as a fix to minimize occasional playback concerns and additional bug fixes which were very prominent in the app before the update.  As well as the obvious fixes, the performance of the Xbox Music app appears to be smoother and more efficient after the update.  To force an update check on the app, launch the Windows Store, then go to settings, then under App Updates you can manually check for the new version of Xbox music. Via: wpcentral.com image via: cdn.redmondpie.com ...

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Windows 8 is likely being installed in its millions all over the world, and some cool announced features are already popping up. One of them is Xbox Music, which it appears is already scanning libraries and matching them up with Microsoft’s library of 30 million songs. Presumable if a user were to roam on another PC they will be able to stream their “matched” music library on the other device also, and for example also from an Xbox 360. Other statuses include Unmatched (available only here) Matched (available here and in the XBOX Music Cloud for streaming to other devices. Streaming Only (download here to listen offline) The service so far does not seem to require a paid music pass, but then a number of hours of free streaming is included with very Windows 8 purchase. Thanks Charles for the tip. ...

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Xbox Music app will come pre-installed on Windows 8 and will offer its services in 22 countries for subscription music and 15 for free streaming. With Windows 8 set to launch in just a few days the service is now going live in multiple locations around the world. Chriss from Norway has dropped us a line to let us know the app has been lit up in Norway, where he now enjoys unlimited streaming. Xbox Music will offer a catalogue of over 30 million tracks, and will allow users to make playlists, discover new music, and purchase and download music. Has the service gone live in your area? Let us know below. Thanks Chriss for the tip. ...

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Microsoft has announced that the first 100 people who buy a Microsoft Surface tablet at a Microsoft Store will receive a year’s Xbox Music Pass, worth $99.90. The offer is only open to in-store buyers so online buyers should not apply. Microsoft’s new Xbox Music service provide free ad-supported streaming music on Windows 8 tablets and PCs, and also unlimited streaming without ads with a $14.99 subscription on Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Windows Phone 8 handsets and Xbox 360 consoles (with a Xbox Live Gold membership). See the offer at Microsoft here. Via The Verge.com ...

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Except for the issue that many new features will not be coming to Windows Phone 7, Xbox Music Pass only adds features to Zune Pass for subscribers, who can look forward to a cross-platform music streaming client, a bigger library, portable playlists and eventually the ability to plug the holes in the streaming selection by uploading your own tracks. Microsoft sent the above circular to their Zune Pass subscribers informing them of the same, and also, as a sweetener, offered them 1,000 Microsoft Points, which should be just about enough to hire a movie or buy a few tracks, which is not bad for doing nothing. Let the Xbox Music party begin! Via Neowin.net. Thanks Amedeo for the tip. ...

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