Windows Phone Music

Microsoft continue with its regular updates for the Windows Phone version of Xbox Music and this week the update includes something missing since the Windows Phone 7 days, a live tile. For Windows Phone devices running Update 1 you get album art and visualizations on your live tile on the Windows Phone home screen. Also in the update is improvement to the reliability of album art, performance improvements, reduced memory footprint and fixes for unexpected app exists (crashes in other words).

I have to say the album art and visualization in the live tile look really good. You can find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store and here are changes from Microsoft:

 

The ninth update for the Windows Phone 8.1 Music App is now available in the store! This is a big one, and we’re happy to announce one of your most hotly anticipated features – Live Tile! Please enjoy, and as always – let us know what you think.

In version 2.6.224 you will find:

You can now see incredible artist art & visualizations when playing music on your LIVE TILE! *Requires Update 1 (OS Version #8.10.14141 & higher)*

Album art should show up much more reliably in all areas of the app

For files with embedded album art via ID3 tags V2.3 and below. Quick guide on adding album art is here: http://xboxmusic.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/414573-how-to-embed-album-art-using-windows-media-player

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We also fixed several significant bugs, with a focus on:

Performance / page loads

Preventing any unexpected app exits

Reducing our memory footprint, resulting in less app suspensions & terminations during multi-tasking

Addressing playlist duplication issues

Cleaning up Recent Plays interactions

Thanks,

The Xbox Music Team

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