Windows 8 Xbox Music app updated, some issues fixed


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 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.


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  • inyourbase

    So instead of being 100% utter crap, it’s now 98%
    Pull your finger out Microsoft.

  • JRV

    Zune is SO good that it’s shocking how poor XBox Music’s UI and functionality are. Not to mention having been the genesis for Windows Phone’s and Windows 8’s UIs. Microsoft MUST get this right. Given its heritage,you’d think it would have been the “hero” Modern UI app, showing the world that a desktop app can be made touch-friendly with all functionality intact. Or, preferably, enhanced. Fortunately, at least for now, I can still use the “deprecated” Zune desktop client on Win 8 x86. Will miss Zune greatly when I upgrade to a WP8 phone.

    • Ramon Elias

      I absolutely agree with you.

    • TheOne2125

      MS should have just updated Zune to say Xbox Music and left it alone. Even the desktop client for WP8 sucks butt.

    • deathdealer351

      so agree

      • Alf Lenni Erlandsen

        Zune is the best! They should keep updating that!

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    • PoohGQ

      I was hoping this update would fix all the complaints I ‘ve had about Xbox Music app but no. I really can’t understand why MS took away a beautiful Zune only to replace it with this app! All they had to do was to create an app a Metro version of the Zune Desktop app.. smh

    • Emi Cyberschreiber

      Ehmm… Zune was crap. but it was a beautiful crap beacsue the UI was good. but it was a crap not really good player.
      but yeah right… it was the best thing /s

  • mrdeezus

    Agree with all the comments but at least now on my Surface, its faster.
    Still missing:
    Related tab
    Ability to buy multiple tracks at once
    The favorites heart
    Set up function for first time you open use app, defaulting to cloud sync is lame.
    Please remove big ugly white window invented of screen when you click on album or artist. Just open a new pane to the right or left.

  • NH3MAN

    Zune is the reason I gave WinPhone achance. Whoever decided to get rid of Zune with the half-baked xBox Music should be tarred, feathered, fired and forced to work at Blackberry.

    • PoohGQ

      I think we can all just blame it on Steven Sinofsky. He killed Silverlight and he refused to work with all the other departments at MS. I’m just saying…

      • WixosTrix

        Idky ppl down voted your comment, it’s absolutely true and you can see it in the lack of continuity between Win8/RT and WP8. For instance, the keyboard on WP8 shows your accent color when you tap a character, while in Win8/RT it’s just white; emotions colored on WP8, B&W on Win8/RT.

        All games conveniently in the Games Hub on WP8, but scattered all the app list in Win8.

        These are little things but there are a lot of them. Obviously, WP is way more mature, but had the teams worked together, there would be a lot more consistency. I think with Sinofsky gone, things will greatly improve.

        • PoohGQ

          I completely agree with your comment! I think the ones voting down my comment haven’t tried using Windows 8 on a Surface/RT device to see the level of inconsistency in Windows 8 compared to WP.

          I’m finding myself constantly organizing my Start Screen just because I have a lot of Metro apps and desktop apps. Xbox Music on the hand; all they had to do was bring Zune desktop to Metro with a few changes.

          Steven Sinofsky is a great guy and did quite a lot for Microsoft, but as pointed out by some MS employees that worked with him it’s very obvious that the refusal to work with other departments has been the scourge of other Windows RT devices having a difficulty penetrating the US market, IMO.

  • blackhawk556

    AM I The only one not able to update the app? I’m following the instructions and it doesn’t work for me.

  • blackhawk556

    I have a question, why the heck does wmpoweruser tweet every article from this website? I hate clicking on their tweets, going to their website, and having to click on another link just to get this this article. And guess what, this article links to another website lol. Ok that last part I don’t mind, but I hate wmpoweruser tweeting these articles.

  • TrickyD

    The biggest problem with Xbox music is that the service is totally inconsistent on the Xbox. I can listen to almost anything for free and get the odd advert on windows 8 yet on the Xbox I can only listen to 30 seconds of anything including MY OWN music without a premium subscription (on top of an XBox gold subscription).

    They need to fix it on the Xbox, fast.

  • Alf Lenni Erlandsen

    Its so lame that in XBOX music you cannot really search, you can punch in an artist and press play and it will just play something… You have to go to start to search for songs and further details. EPIC FAIL!

  • Alf Lenni Erlandsen

    Btw does anyone know if the “artists bio” tabs update have come to Zune/xbox music on Windows Phone. They said that they were gonna add it, i havent gotten it yet.

  • bricko

    Wouldnt it be nice if they put in a Volume control for the music… do they miss this stuff….