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Microsoft redesigns Xbox Music app for Windows 8.1

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 27 Jun 2013 7:23

Microsoft redesigns Xbox Music app for Windows 8.1 The Xbox Music app in Windows 8 has been given an overhaul as part of the revamp of Microsoft's Windows 8.
The changes to Xbox Music are based on user feedback, according to Alex Garden, General Manager, Xbox Music. This new Xbox Music experience, set to launch later this year with Windows 8.1, is entirely redesigned from the ground up and will bring music lovers closer to their favourite experiences.

The navigation column on the left side of the screen will enhance usability and performance by offering:
  • 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 you into the Music Store where you can browse millions or songs, artists and albums.
  • Lists of Playlists: Your custom playlists will be available at a glance to quickly begin playback or make edits, and your playlists will continue to seamlessly sync to your other Xbox Music devices--like Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 8.

The redesigned Xbox Music app can be checked out in the preview release of Windows 8.1, though it only features about half of the features Microsoft intends to add to the app by the time Windows 8.1 officially launches later this year.

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