Xbox Music on a Surface RT
Microsoft have updated the music app that ships with Windows 8 and Windows RT. The app has improved searching so you can search for your own music or music from the Xbox catalogue. You can also try Xbox Music’s music streaming service, 15 songs without signing in and once you are signed in you can stream 10 hours of a music per month for free or sign up for a Xbox Music Pass subscription for unlimited streaming.

I haven’t spent a lot of time with the Xbox Music app, when I did use it I found it a little buggy and I prefer Google Play Music but I am going to give the updated app a try.

Details from the Windows Blog:

Today’s update to the Music app brings an in-app search button at the top right that allows you to search directly within the app for music on your PC, or in the Xbox Music catalog. The Music app will also now let you try Xbox Music’s free ad-supported streaming service by allowing you to listen to up to 15 songs without having to sign in.

Remember, after you sign in to the Music app on your Windows PC or tablet, you can stream millions of songs for free* (with ads) with Xbox Music. You can search for any artist, song, or full album and instantly play whatever you want. And with Radio, previously known as SmartDJ, you can discover new music and create custom stations based on your favorite artists and the music you love the most.

Also part of this update are some bug fixes and other UI enhancements.

The Music app received an update a few months ago that allowed you to import iTunes playlists – see my blog post on how to do that here.

Be sure to check the Windows Store for this update!

*Free streaming limited to 10 hours/month after 6 months; unlimited with paid Xbox Music Pass subscription.


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