Microsoft publishes Xbox Music app for Windows Phone 8, focused on the cloud

Hot on the heels of Xbox Video coming to Windows Phone 8 today, Microsoft has also pushed out a separate app for Xbox Music. While we’ve known about the Video app coming, a separate one for Music was not expected this early.

Heading to the Windows Phone Store, you can find the app resting at just 6 MB in size. It does require a Xbox Music Pass account to log in, as this app seems more focused on the cloud (though it can access your local music as well). In addition, Microsoft has added back Radio and editable playlist support with the app, giving it a slight edge over the native version.

Xbox Music

"Want the latest and greatest Xbox Music features on your phone?  With the Xbox Music app and your Xbox Music Pass you can explore, stream and download millions of songs on your device.  It’s the best way to get all the music you love on your Windows Phone."

  • See artist details with pictures, bios, album lists, and related artists
  • Manage your personal music collection, shared across all of your devices
  • Explore top songs, featured artists, and recommended albums to easily discover new music
  • Download songs for offline playback
  • Create and manage playlists that automatically sync across your pc, tablet, Xbox, and the web
  • Radio instantly creates playlists based on your favorite artists
  • Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs

Once again, by having a separate app, Microsoft can dynamically update the Xbox Music service on the fly as opposed to having to roll them out in an OS update. For now, users can have two versions loaded on their phone, but in the future (Windows Phone 8.1) we envision Xbox Video and Music being separate apps all together and not baked in.

From the official post about the app: "Xbox Music Preview is available in all 22 markets where Xbox Music is available today... The full release will roll out in 2014. "

Regional availability: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States

We’ll follow up with a video and more info later, but for now, you can head into the Store to pick up Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8 (Music Pass required).

Thanks, WPScoops, for the tip! 

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Piro.Garay says:

Pshhh, it doesn't even animate the tile while playing music. It's also missing the album art. The cloud would be fine but that also uses my data.

carlosrdd says:

+920 All it needs is the live tile...

I don't get it!!?? Microsoft owns Windows so is it asking too much if I want the "Live Tile" feature??!!
The Xbox Music & Xbox Vodeo apps just sit there...not flipping not updating, just "Android Looking". I'm sorry I love Microsoft but dislike some of their design choices. Btw, same for the Xbox Glass App.

MikeSo says:

Yeah. WP7 at least had a tile that showed the picture of the last artist being played, that was much nicer. Don't know why they can't have that in WP8.

Siah1214 says:

They did with the hub...

Ya, that is disappointing, but I would be surprised if that feature wasn't added in a future update.

fdruid says:

It's weird how the live tile doesn't work. It also seems to show missing art for albums and artist which display just fine in the old app.


baandoptager says:

I am so sick and tired of this app not having any support for cover art, even when all my music on the phone is tagged. Actually, it did show the coverart before i signed in but after sign in.... GREAY TILES! Great!


Seriously MS! Now fix this!

Acbuono5 says:

Too bad it looks nothing like the Xbox music app for windows 8.1

freshfelicio says:

I will never get though why the tile and splashscreen of the Windows 8.1 app is orange, while the app is green. Same with Xbox Videos. Why not make it green like on WP?! If Xbox is the brand for everything related to entertainment, then everything related to entertainment should be green.

kingkoopa09 says:

Yea it still animates the original music&video tile, it it nice for syncing stations with Xbox and windows 8 plus the ability to make playlist

NIST says:

This app is so beta that it should not have been released yet.

Microsoft didn't force anyone to download this app nor are they forcing anyone to use the app.

Acbuono5 says:

When they remove "music + videos" they will be lol

kingkoopa09 says:

I'm pretty sure at that time it won't be beta and will at least have current functionality along with some new tricks

Doomguy says:

This, FFS, THIS! That orange/red tile + splash screen are disgusting. I wonder who is in charge of these decisions, he/she needs to be fired ASAP.

i waas the first!!region issues???

For your kind information, neither Xbox Music nor Xbox Video services are available in India, so you won't be able to download these apps. Microsoft is not willing to comment on the availability of the same, which leaves us in a completely hopeless situation. I doubt if these services are ever going to be released in India at all.

Why ?? India me log music nai sunte kya ?? Gawaar Microsoft..

Atleast we have Nokia Mix Radio.. But this sucks :(

I know, it sucks without the Nokia MixRadio+ subscription, which again isn't available in India.

just change your region to USA and download it easily without proxy trick

Changing my region and downloading apps isn't a big deal. Are you going to buy me an Xbox Music Pass from the US or from any of the other countries where this service is available?

coip says:

For everyone who is saying you need an Xbox Music pass to play locally stored songs, I don't have an Xbox Music pass and I'm using the app right now to play my locally stored songs. If I open the app and go to my collection, some songs have a radio signal next to them (indicating they are part of my collection but not on this device) and some don't (indicating they are a part of my collection and on my device). Without an Xbox music pass I can play the latter on my phone, but not the former.

neo158 says:

No, you can't. I've tried it already, all it displays is a message stating "You need an Xbox Music Pass to use this app on your phone." with only two options "sign up" and "cancel". Cancel closes the app and sign up takes you to the Xbox Music webpage to sign up for a 30 day trial.

Use the hardware return button ;D

coip says:

Oh, okay, you're right. I'm not doing that, except that I am, right now. Don't tell me that I can't do something that I just said I was doing. It makes you look obnoxious. Meanwhile, KarmaEcrivain94 figured out the trick all by himself and even managed to use a smiley face in his reply. Nice guy.

Regardless, going by the first line on the app description it's pretty clear you're not supposed to be able to use the app without a subscription.

coip says:

Which is exactly why I came here and posted earlier that that isn't actually the case (at least for now, anyway).

bjerry101 says:

Here is the trick... when you launch Xbox Music app, quickly tap on artist, albums, songs, genres or anything on the Collection section before the Xbox Music Pass sign up message pop up and you will be able to use the app.

Duffau says:

Clearly Anshul doesn't understand how music licensing works. Just because you pirate everything doesn't mean a company can do the same. If the licensing gets worked out in India, they will make the music service available. Sumkay kya?

FAIL on thinking you was first haha

jmerrey says:

Wow, lots of Xbox apps now: music, video, music and video, games. I feel sorry for new adopters and the confusion that will cause.

I'm assuming they will kill off the music and video hub to avoid duplication.

The builtin music and Video will probably disappear once WP8.1 comes out and Xbox Video and Music app will come pre-installed with the update.

theefman says:

Don't see that happening as the Xbox music app requires a subscription, not even Microsoft is stupid enough to think people will pay a monthly fee to play music they already own.

Obviously they would drop that requirement...

kurotsuki says:

I've download Xbox music and see that my current play (via music+video) is carried over. So it should be able to play offline content. The only hindrance is the requirement of music pass is absolute. Until this dropped, I don't see music+video will be removed.

They will probably drop it. This is only a preview. Full app is coming in 2014. Probably with WP8.1

loofmodnar says:

I assume they would integrate this into the current hub in much the same way music works now except they'll have the ability to update it seperately . 

WhippedKream says:

This is cool! But why do we need a pass :'( it looks so clean and sexy I want naow! Can't wait for WP8.1, it's shaping up pretty nicely

Letros says:

One reason I like it baked into the OS is that it launches/resumes quickly, not a big fan of the app plans, but if it means quicker updates, that's good.

Can you find out if they will be allowing Play To Xbox One on WP within Apps, it's someting I use a lot on my Surface(via Charms bar), but absent on the phone.

CJ Thunder says:

Now we just need cloud collection management.
Off topic: Anyone know of an app that keeps you in the loop for new hits based on artists in your collection?

CJ Thunder says:

Click and hold to add new song to collection...oh boy! The simple things.

You can play music from the Xbox music app in 8.1 to Xbox One? How? I haven't been able to figure it out.

saket87 says:

Swipe to charms bar, devices, play to, Xbox one

coip says:

It is even more useful for playing videos from your PC on your Xbox One. Love that feature.

freshfelicio says:

Also works from Windows 7 via "Play To" in Explorer or Windows Media Player and also works from one PC to another, as long Media Player or XBMC is running on the receiver. Im using this feature to stream music to my HTPC (which runs XBMC).

Nokia Mix Radio. There's no need for anything else.

BMCgts says:

@ CJ look into Sleeve or Nokia Mix Radio if you have the artist on your favorites.

[please delete this. Wrong comment]

I thought the "PlayTo" app could do that? Or are you an unfortunate soul with a non-Nokia device?

freshfelicio says:

No that doesnt work, but you can play music on your Xbox and sontrol it using the Smartglass app.

BaritoneGuy says:

It shouldn't make any difference for launch/resume. Baked into the OS only means it is an App that is included in the OS. If it is slower it is likely that due to it being a preview there is a bunch of debug code still present. It may also be due to the cloud integration parts.

pavvento says:

I need to run a few more tests but this seems to have fixed the most annoying issue in the world-duplicate songs.  I have the old unlimited pass and would download songs to my surface, connect my phone and put them on the phone's storage.  I also had the music collection turned on so if I downloaded songs on the phone it would put them on my Surface.  What ended up happening was I'd have duplicates on my phone- a song in my collection and a song that would stream.  You can imagine how annoying that was, and costly.  In my limited testing it seems to be fixed, but time will tell.

pavvento says:

I can confirm this problem is fixed.  I've attached two screenshots, one from the original music app and one from the new app.



NokFromApp says:

The 'X' in my app list was empty and lonely. Now I have two apps. Yay!

dalydose says:

I said the same thing.  I finally have "X" apps :)

coip says:

Xbox Smartglass can make it 3! Get an Xbox One. It's boss.

penetronn says:

Very nice surprise. Just need cloud locker (like Google Music) and this will be a huge win.

THIS would keep me with the MS ecosystem. THIS would bring them up to speed with competitors. THIS is what they need to do.

Sorry for being a div...but what's cloud locker?

BaritoneGuy says:

They do have a very similar service to Cloud Locker. From a Windows 8 PC you can cloud match the music from your own music collection and then play it from any Windows 8 or Windows Phone device. Even the built in WP8 app supports this functionality.

DJCBS says:

And just like Spotify, this requires a paid subscription. So, useless.
They better keep the current Video and Music app baked in the OS. For all those of us who don't want to pay for "passes" we won't use but can still have a central hub for media content we, ourselves, put on the phone.

dalydose says:

"Useless"?  Maybe for you, but not generally.  I have lots of "use" for this.

DJCBS says:

I explained why I called it "useless". All you had to do was read the entire comment.

kullkid92x says:

Right there with you on this one.

Something people are missing however is that this is a preview. SO I am HOPING to baby jesus that by mid-January this app catches up to the windows 8.1 version. Currently I can stream brand new albums ad supported of course, AND I still have my full music library like I did on iTunes.

So lets see how MS handles this, either keep a music+video hub for personal libraries' or join that with their music services WITHOUT requiring a music pass.

theefman says:

Yep, I download mu music from amazon or Rio my cd's so this app is useless to me.

neo158 says:

While I agree that the subscription requirement is stupid you shouldn't tar everyone with the same brush. Separating the Music and Video Hubs means that each hub can focus on what it does best.

kurotsuki says:

Yes. But if that pass requirements does not dropped in the future, I don't see music+video hub going anywhere in the future. How can we play music if we don't have music app that can run without paying anything?

freshfelicio says:

I hope they ditch the baked-in app and make the Xbox Music app work without a pass.

sholokov says:

Right now you can trick it and use it without a pass.
As soon as the app opens, slide over to the screen with the list showing music, playlist, etc. Click on music before the sign in pops up, and you are in.

rahilsayed says:

I cant have xbox music,not available in my region,Hell!

Me too ...and what is this music pass every one is talking about

nanoware says:

Funny how it doesn't have a live tile.

It sucks! I can't get it in my country, this is where apple beats WP :(

So... buy an iPhone. Problem solved.

coip says:

And a dozen more created. GTFO, overpriced, restrictive iPhone.

Yes I agree with you totally

freshfelicio says:

They say in the article that its just a preview and it will be released in 2014 with WP8.1 for all countries. For poeple without a pass (like me) its useless anyway.

hopmedic says:

Requires a pass???  Why can't they give us the same streaming music on the phone that they do on the PC, without a pass?

The Hub concept is gone now. I mean, we don't the app list like we did on the old Xbox Music + Video. I really like lots of the change they made but it seems like the app needs to sign in everytime you resume/launch it. Seems faster.

Also the heart option to like a song has disappeared. I mean, I see nice improvement but the team also took out lot of neat feature.

The xbox vidoe is good simply because I can access my paid TV shows on the phone now other than I really don't like the general layout of the app. Horizontal layout is not pratical on a small screen. It should be like the

neo158 says:

I agree, they patched that requirement out of the Android and iOS apps. We should be allowed to play our locally stored music without an Xbox Music Pass.

wozburger says:

I think there's still the music+video app, no? Or is that replaced by today's apps?

neo158 says:

It's still there but with WP8.1 I think that will be removed so I'll carry on using that for the moment.

sundawg#WP says:

Yup...uninstalled. Sticking to Pandora for streaming. Though don't really like the streaming from Xbox music on PC. I must be able to thumb up and down music...not just skip it.

CJ Thunder says:

It is silly, some songs will play in music and video, but not Xbox Music.

KKRLessey says:

I'm sticking to Deezer for streaming. Xbox video is nice and I may use Netflix from now on. Btw I'm getting a PS4

jake69 says:

Why do people want to stream music through the cloud on a phone? I got my turned off cause it will eat into my limited data.

1jaxstate1 says:

Not everyone has limited data, but do have limited space on their phones. 

CJ Thunder says:

Or WiFi at work, home, or gym.

Unlike other streaming subscriptions, you can download everything, and specifically play what you want.   I have a fairly large data plan, but I still download the majority of the music I want when I'm on WiFi.

In this new app you can choose to not use your data plan for streaming music.

Chris Coyle says:

Because I don't have limited data like you and I don't want to waste hours managing music on the phone.

Managing offline music shouldn't (and didn't used to be a chore with Zune). Unfortunately we are now left with the 'sync tool' (which should really be renamed 'sink tool' as its about as useful as a kitchen sink at managing music!).

Maybe these are also people who don't ever travel on public transport or go to foreign countries where you have to pay extortionate roaming data charges. Or maybe MS doesn't consider these common use cases for listening to music!?! Mobile streaming should be an optional extra rather than the forced de-facto standard.

thaman04 says:

Question -
It see that you need to sign in... if I sign in, will it sync my collection to the cloud?  I disabled the cloud locker in the baked in Music+Videos hub because I prefer having a local collection instead.  Also is it faster than the current music hub?  (which is already fast)

navidee says:

Stick to the hub for now. At least until this gets updated...hub is still far better.

tk-093 says:

Woo! Can create playlists!

Jf.Vigor says:

I wonder how well it can do that.I guess I'm going to find out soon enough

Lumia 8x says:

Created the playlist since windows phone 7 era.

tk-093 says:

Yes, you can create a single playlist, on the fly, since WP7, but that's it.  It was worthless.   With XBox Music you can create a ton of playlists,  find a song, and pick what playlist to put it in and you can also remove a song from a playlist.

KIIS says:

How about lastfm scrobble and can it play my loved songs? Two very important things for me.

Wwowe, they fixed so many things with the new Xbox music. I already u pinned the old one. So ungrateful but it is good and nice surprise. The team is not slow after all.

saket87 says:

Wish they added "live" tile

ecr80 says:

i'm wondering if I can store content on my sd card using this app.

dkp23 says:

im sure you can store podcasts and songs on sdcard with the hub, i did with my 620. 

NIST says:

Podcasts are gone? You can't even search for podcasts. Type in Joe Rogan for instance and you only get his comedy albums not his podcast,,which being highly popular would surely be on the list.
Also none of my music apps are in there. WTF?
No tile animation with artist on this app, but tile animation on the Music+Video tile, though that tile does not show the current song playing, you have yo go back to the new Xbox music tile to see that. Crazy.
Finally you can share what you are listening to with friends on Facebook, though getting to that is a little buried.
No recently played or history. Also just noticed that if the song title is too long, it doesn't scroll or truncate, it just cuts it off. Weird setup.

GeoKetch says:

Podcasts being gone is my concern too. If they remove the current music and video app and replace it with this I feel they should put out a podcast app. I've tried a couple of the podcast apps in the marketplace and I haven't found one I like.

aleclunsford says:

Whoa really, I will stay away from this then currently. I need my podcasts.

NIST says:

They just published the Xbox video app. More of the same.

rahilsayed says:

Anyway to overcome region issue????????

anandv427 says:

Both video and music not available in India...

1jaxstate1 says:

I wish I could use it like the old Music + Video app. I'm lapping in apps, but can't use the new Music app. 

Fuck! In India nor XBox video nor XBox music available.. I changed region to US and downloaded the apps but when I chnge region to India back again these apps dont work :\

Aryan Angel says:

Android got it way before WP. Nice.

TheJoester09 says:

I'm assuming this is a joke. Otherwise...wow.

uberlaff says:



Kind of scared that this will replace the built in app in 8.1... There is no podcast support. Anyone know if 8.1 will drop podcast support from the built in app?

Grog337 says:

I was wondering the same thing. Perhaps they might do a separate app for podcasts (kind of like iOS).

TheJoester09 says:

It's not like the app is going to stay like this for the rest of time. There will be updates to this app, and I assume that if the plan is to remove the Music+Video hub in a future OS update, they'll make sure that this is equal to or greater than the hub by then.

GCrane1982 says:

Thats a pretty big assumption considering that when they removed/rebranded Zune and replaced it with Xbox Music many features were removed and are still not available.

Nasimonair says:

Why is it saying not available ?? (Lumia 620 GDR3, India)

Devin19 says:

It's not available in india, sorry m8

Go to language+region settings. Change location to United States, restart phone. Download apps. Change location back to India.

Nasimonair says:

Got it, thanks..

kirklyt says:

WP8, WP8.1 or something after, Microsoft pls. support all regions.. Up to now, Xbox and online services are limited and often useless...

rahilsayed says:

FIRST MICROSOFT AND THEN GOD knows....why is there region availability issue

Chris Coyle says:

Because of licencing deals. Blame the record companies not Microsoft.

Sean D. says:

And here some the seemingly obligatory deluge of mindless complaints.  :-/

Missing feature are tolerable: Not more Hub, Not heart to like a music

The Hub concept is gone now. I mean, we don't the app list like we did on the old Xbox Music + Video. I really like lots of the change they made but it seems like the app needs to sign in everytime you resume/launch it. Seems faster.

Also the heart option to like a song has disappeared. I mean, I see nice improvement but the team also took out lot of neat feature.

The xbox vidoe is good simply because I can access my paid TV shows on the phone now other than I really don't like the general layout of the app. Horizontal layout is not pratical on a small screen. It should be like the like vertical scrollling. They also added some nice animations. Overall, solid update.

Dos101 says:

Of course I need an Xbox Music pass to use it :P Managed to get around this by turning on airplane mode though. Seems much slower the Music+Videos app.

Dos101 says:

I wish the app would use the metadata and album art in the file info instead of pulling it from Xbox Music. Have the same issue with the Windows 8 version of the app :(

levelbest says:

Slow performance on Lumia 1020 compared to the built in app... That's gonna have to improve.

Both the new xbox apps are not available for India....why doesn't Microsoft shove all these apps up their ass

rahilsayed says:

There are most comments from US ,thats why maybe,but we are second yippee !!

bbennett40 says:

Unfortunately, the world is not made up if one single country with the same laws and restrictions applying to everyone everywhere. Such obstacles are just a part of the world in which we live and are not the fault of Microsoft.

Just change your location to United States in the Language+Region settings, restart your phone, download the apps, then change your location back to India.

Whats the deal with needing to be signed up to music pass? That aint right.

idlelimey says:

This isn't at all confusing.  Probably gearing up for 8.1?  Anybody else notice that the context menu and tile (when being moved about on your start screen) are transparent?  Not revolutionary but a slight change to the norm.

Hi. I jst want to tell tat currently available Xbox Music is very very annoying.While playin Music ,volume hangs repeatedly and every tym we ve to restart our mobile. I ve been writing dis so many times and der r many other people who ve shared their unhappiness over this issue on Nokia Conversation but the problem is goin unnoticed.Is this new app goin to solve dis issue.

TJWINS says:

Can you rewind and forward within a song with this app or is it the same as native where you can only skip to the beginning of the song or to the next song? That is the most annoying thing about the music app on Windows Phone!

Dave Bhullar says:

You can rewind and forward just fine natively, just press and hold the rewind/forward button

blackhawk556 says:

You can forward and rewind. Hold the buttons dude. Its been there all along.

dwbmb says:

Not for my device? With Lumia 820? Seriously?

Dave Bhullar says:

App seems slower than than the music and videos hub. Doesn't have any way to check out new songs in store from a specific genre like the hub does. Live tile is useless. I'll continue using the hub.

Naresh Patel says:

Why its not for india

bobyracer2 says:

Why the hell is a music pass required... I want to use it for My local tracks.... Fuuuuuuuu

dkp23 says:

use the xbox music on the phone?

Because... it's the XBOX MUSIC app. It's designed for Xbox Music, not to be your native player... not yet anyway.

When the message pops up that says a music pass is required, just press the back button once to remove the message.

Not yet available in my region (Nigeria)

Playlists don't sync. I can only download songs one by one. Where are the improvements? :(

Naresh Patel says:

XBox 70% service not giving for India they just givening only for us ,UK they have to think about bollywood yet

brianlg says:

Has Xbox yet added the feature to add personal collection to the cloud to stream? Or does my collection still need to MATCH what is already in Xbox's catalogue?

wtrmlnjuc says:

Why did they decouple music+video hub? Having several apps in one place is nice.


12Danny123 says:

Cause they are trying to make it like Windows 8.1. Where the two are separated 

Well let's just hope it ties into the hub...That way they can update everything and still have a hub. Problem solved.

KKruglov says:

app is so bad, it contains some parts from music video hub/some parts of magazine, but why? it just an app, not system like settings by nokia. Live tile - doesn't work, controls are connected with stock music app (music controls with volume button, i mean), app backgrounds are great (like big cover art in cool resolution), but for lockscreen stock music hub downloading another images..

i'm just do not understand why they make this app..


It is easy to use this app without an Xbox Music pass. You just going into the app switcher with the app open, then just resume the app.

ryan_linz says:

DAAAMN holmes.  You the smartest one in this whole comment thread!  Thanks for the tip.


Dome85 says:

I hope it will replace actual Music + Video hub and will be much more complete than that. It need to be open to non-Music Pass owner and be more quickly to open... Good job MS.

techguy1003 says:

is it me or the live tile is not working on the new app?


bbennett40 says:

Incomplete replacement for music/video hub with no podcast support

Not a replacement... not yet anyway.

Eric_J says:

I just love what windows phone is doing right now. Many well recognized games on other platforms, their own games, key official apps, and xbox make this a really attractive OS. Thank you!

xboxonthego3 says:

.... Maybe I should of bought a year of Xbox Music for $50..... argh.

RayWall says:

So now I need to subscribe to music pass to play my own music that I have on my phone (using this app)?  I thought this is where MS was going.  Devices and Services.  Buy the phone and subscribe to many services.  I see the handwriting on the wall it's just a matter of time and everything will be subcription based.  I understand needing revenue for streaming, but to play my own music seems kind of weird.  Oh well.

Just use the native app. No one is forcing you to subscribe to Xbox music pass or to use this app

RayWall says:

Thank you for the insightful suggestion.  I will keep it under advisement.

RayWall says:

How to use the app without Music Pass:

When the Xbox Music Pass dialog box drops down, don't click the 'sign up' or the 'cancel' button.  Press the hardware 'back' button and the app will work for songs 'on my phone'.  However, it will bug you to sign in everytime you open the app.  Hopefully this will change after it's out of beta.

abhishake620 says:

switch off data after signing in for the first time and then access music in memory ..... and to access it while on data or wifi after opening the app when the pop up says to sign up press windows button and then resume it back  ... work arounds for those with no passes... what is the use u get covers and album art


My only gripe with it is that when you add a song to "Now Playing", it tosses it in at the end of the playlist. I just like to hit shuffle on all my songs, so the list is 2800ish songs, so the song I wanted to add is now song 2800ish+1, this is the same on the Win8, X360 and X1 apps as well. In the Music+Video app, the new song is the next in line, where I want to hear it.

MobileVortex says:

I just dont get what im getting for my $9.99 that i cant do with the pandora app + music + videos app. 


I cant ever see myself paying for this service.  I dont mind an ad every now and then to sream music for free, and i have all the songs i want to own in my personal collection.  I like the look of this app, but you will not get me to pay for it. M$ needs to stop trying to nickle and dime me.

yoitsrobj says:

I'm quite surprised that xbox music has that VOD record. 

DemiNutive says:

Folks I understand the concerns you have and I share then too, but please keep in mind this app is less then a day out and there are more then enough room for improvement. Also remember its an app now and you can tell the team directly how you feel in the review section of the download page.

Devin19 says:

So. How does one play their music stored on the device using this app, without paying €10 per month?

Samst22 says:

Put your phone in airplane mode. Go on the app, you should be able to access your music on your device. Once you're on it you can switch off airplane mode and it shouldn't boot you out :)

ryan_linz says:

You can also use the app switcher to navigate away and when you come back to the app, the prompt that you have to have music pass will be gone.

Samst22 says:

Thanks! That's a lot easier

RayWall says:

When the Xbox Music Pass dialog box drops down, don't click the 'sign up' or the 'cancel' button. Press the hardware 'back' button and the app will work for songs 'on my phone'. However, it will bug you to sign in everytime you open the app. Hopefully this will change after it's out of beta.

Rodney5 says:

I know that I'm really late with this, but I'm just a little confused. There's the new xbox music app in addition to the music and video hub? I think the app is cool, but I don't understand having both on the phone. Can someone explain this? 

tk-093 says:

Word on the street is the Music + Video hub is getting removed from the core OS and will be replaced by the Video app and the Music app.  This should happen in WP8.1.


The logic behind it is that Microsoft can update those apps very fast instead of having to wait for large device OS updates being approved by the carriers.



Dadstar0410 says:

But why does it have to be released BEFORE WP8.1? It will just cause more confusion.

2007H3 says:

MS made music on the OS a hodge podge of cluster &uck, when the reality is that after all of this nonsense, in 2 to 3 years they will be right back to the Zune experience we all loved.

This app looks really good, but why, oh why do I need an Xbox Music Pass to use the app? Why can't I play my local music normally?

You can with the native music-video app.

What's the point of this app if still playing through regular player?

All media plays through the native player.
This app is strictly for the Xbox music pass.

Staff coped player with a collection of clouds. Why a separate application?

I'm sorry, I don't understand what you're saying.

my English is not so good, sorry. I'm talking about that old skillfully use the Music application and local storage and cloud. The new application still slowly loaded music tracks, play music through the system application, and simply does not have a live tile.

neo158 says:

Stop it with the BS, the app has access to locally stored music but requires a music pass to access it. The Android and iOS apps had that requirement patched out so I can't understand why they left that requirement in for WP.

If it was for Music Pass only then it wouldn't have access to locally stored content.

rahul.sharma says:

BS. You need Xbox music pass to play your own music, seriously? How the hell WP play music from your phone? Only through paid subscription?

Probably the same way you did it before this app came out.

Verkunder says:

Someone can't brain.

rahul.sharma says:

Don't over use your brain, save for later.... I was talking about the new app only, u smart ass.

tk-093 says:

Use the existing Music hub like you did yesterday.  This is a early preview app, eventually it will replace the Hub and you won't need a pass at that point to use it.



Richard_Indy says:

Wow today is like Christmas.

Devin19 says:


Samst22 says:

Wow I don't understand why everyone is freaking out over this. These are preview apps. The current app is still available. When WP8.1 is released, these apps will replace the current one, but they will be updated to include all the features that are in the current one. We haven't lost any functionality with this, only gained it.

And you don't need an xbox music pass to play music stored on phone, I have successfully managed this with the new app without a music pass

Rodney5 says:

Thanks for expaining. Sometimes Microsoft doesn't make things entirely clear.

EricMarsi says:

It also needs to have the pause and ff buttons above the album art, don't like having to bend my thumb down just to change songs. Keep it the same way as on the native music app

mr toes says:

I hate the fact that you have to reach up for the music controls, makes no sense. They changed it in mango and I want the old controls back!

KIIS says:

If it don't scrobble it doesn't count.

Gorki247 says:

A good start, but needs some improvments. The Music+Video live tile was gorgeous; this one (or lack of) not so much. My library is also missing loads of cover images; this isn't the case in the build-in app.

penetronn says:

Just like that dastardly 8.1 app, this is destroying my metadata and album covers. WTH?

cesar ruiz1 says:

So this means that when they remove music and videos from the system i can't use this app cause I need music pass and my downloaded music is gone on my phone.

nesl247 says:

What will likely happen is that once 8.1 comes out, and this app replaces the current Music & Videos app, you will not require a subscription, but the version that is out for 8.0 does at the moment as their primary purpose is to bring some of the experience of the Music app from Windows 8.1 to Windows Phone 8.0.

neo158 says:

The app on Windows 8.1 doesn't REQUIRE a Music Pass though!!

luimende says:

Don't be ridiculous. Seriously.

FFugue says:

Nice, but so slow!!! I have thousands of album and on the previous music app they all load, with album art, instantly, now if I want something in the "Z" section on my 1020 it takes over a minute to load every name before it gets there... It's nice that it can be updated anytime like any other app, but Music Pass always tells you that you have access to millions of songs, so it needs to be faster if you want to take advantage of those millions of songs!!!

Pacs_R_Us says:

this is my only complaint so far. its so slow.

Mavee Shah says:

I haven't got GDR3 so if I downloaded these new music and video apps what about the earlier combined one???? How to uninstall that one

rahilsayed says:

U are from India? if yes,bad luck and if outside India great but needs to pay for features.

abhishake620 says:

you cant uninstall the old one period. If you desparately want to do it you need to uninstall the os itself as it is baked in to it

luimende says:

Can I sign in with my wife's or sons account and not disrupt their account?

Nimdock says:

Requiring a music pass is DUMB (and I do have one).


Does it check the pass every time you start it? What if I am travelling and don't have an internet connection at the time? With the hub it can go several days before it tells you you don't have a license for the music (if obtained from the pass).

Verkunder says:

Are you dense? Maybe this app is MEANT for people with a Pass. You still have the M+V app. Good grief.

dkp23 says:

oh god, use the xbox music hub that is already on your phone that allows you to not have to have a pass.

This is pretty much a preview of xbox music of how they want to do it in future OS updates.

common sense says, they are not requiring a pass to allow people to listen to music on their phones. So when the hub goes away, the new stand alone app will function as we have it now or close to it without a pass.

Nimdock says:

Two  bright posts come to save the day!! Wow.


Obviously I am making a comment on the app replacing the hub "as is" if it does in fact replace it at some point (which would make sense). Not making assumptions that they may change it if it does.




Also common sense is not always common at Microsoft.


But since you two work at Microsoft thank you for letting us know that you would know how they would change it. Geniuses.

TheSparta says:

Music Radio with Ads would have been good... I would listen to occasional ads than to pay 10$ for the music, which i can't own...Also i think it would be better if they avoid signing to the acct every time..

MaXi32 says:

Can anyone tell me that you can actually manage music playlist easier with this app without doing several insane steps? Haven't tried this app yet.

tk-093 says:

First impressions are you can manage playlists.  I can make a bunch of lists.  I can pick a song, hit the little ... at the bottom and pick 'add to...'   and BAM, I get all my playlists that I can add that song to.


I can then open a playlist and reorder the songs or actually remove songs from the list.  Magic...

mr toes says:

If this is the future of Xbox music on my phone I'm cancelling my subscription. How can this slow as hell app be compared to the native experience?

tk-093 says:

It's a preview app, dude.  Not final product.  If you think it's too slow just use the old music hub until it improves.

dalydose says:

It's going through a pretty long "Updating collection" process and my playlists are starting to show up!  Excellent!
Looks like a separate app needed for Podcasts. Not excellent.

Akash294 says:

Yay!! we have 2 xbox releases in a day ;)

From Windows Phone community forums:

Xbox today also released a preview version of Xbox Music, which lets Xbox Music Pass subscribers stream millions of songs and download favorites for offline listening. The app can also manage and play songs from your personal music library. Download Xbox Music Preview
Other highlights:
Create and manage playlists that automatically sync across PC, tablet, Xbox, and the web
See artist details with pictures, bios, album lists, and related artists
Explore top songs, featured artists, and recommended albums to easily discover new music
Use the radio feature to instantly creates playlists based on your favorite artists
The Xbox Music Preview is available in all 23 markets where Xbox Music is available today, and Xbox said the full release will roll out in 2014. Check out the official Xbox blog for more details.
Enjoying the music,

TheSparta says:

You mean like a 'alpha' version of the app? if that's the case, I hope they make the future release for non-subscribers with ad-version radio...

NIST says:

So it does everything the current Music+Video app does. No confusion there.