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#1 mrdeezus

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:12

I have a surface and windows 8 pc. I have cloud settings turned off and every time I load app it says its downloading music!!! I have installed all my paid for music in my xbox music folder for local listening. I would like someone to explain to me why this is happening? Also id like to hear from some Zuners what they think of the xbox music app because to me it has a lot of work to be done to it before it comes close to Zunes functionality. Thanks


#2 bguy_1986

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 15:58

Xbox Music sucks so far! They've got a lot of work to do. I am kind of regretting switching to Windows 8 on my PC.. I wanted to get my music to the cloud so I could connect to it on my xbox. (I know you can stream directly from PC but you don't get all of the visuals when you don't play from xbox music). I believe they've taken away song ratings which really ****es me off. It was so easy to create auto playlists for songs that I liked.

Anybody know if we'll be able to stream music that we've purchased from the cloud to the xbox? Or are we going to have to pay for a subscription to listen to music that we may have already purchased?

#3 ~Johnny

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 16:00

(I know you can stream directly from PC but you don't get all of the visuals when you don't play from xbox music).


If you use Play To from Windows Media Player in Windows 8 with the new 360 dashboard, it gives you a good number of the visuals as the music gets streamed to Xbox Music rather than the dashboard media player.

#4 Guest_xiphi_*

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 16:07

They definitely need to bring back a LOT of functionality that Zune had. I'm surprised there's no way to change the sorting of music when viewing by artists in your own collection. It just defaults to songs which is lame. It's also sluggish when it has a few thousand songs compared to Zune which handles it gracefully. There's no obvious way to change the position of the song. There's no "my picks" in the marketplace that shows relevant results. No Social, which was "removed" from Zune, but is actually still functional if you don't restart Zune after a fresh install. If it weren't for the free streaming, I wouldn't even use the app.

#5 bguy_1986

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 18:52

Microsoft really needs to get there stuff together. Everything they release they remove features from the previous release! They did it with windows mobile to wp7, now zune and xbox music. Why remove features?!

#6 coresx

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 18:57

Yeah, truly awful app.

Microsoft need to vastly improve apps.

All they do is make me use desktop ones and despise the modern apps. Not a great start.

#7 +scumdogmillionaire

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 19:08

They just put an update out to this app. Hoping it fixes some of the BS. Cloud Sync is obnoxious so far.

#8 duddit2

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 19:10

Got to agree, its lacking a lot of functionality and basic things like custom sorting etc.

I'm simply still using Zune though until its fully functional.

#9 KRazpopov

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 19:31

I haven't used Xbox music since Windows 8 RP. I was very disappointed with the lack of features in it back then, and looking at what the current version is like, my opinion on it hasn't changed. It's seriously lacking in options, and still looks very much incomplete to me.

I'm surprised there's no way to change the sorting of music when viewing by artists in your own collection. It just defaults to songs which is lame. It's also sluggish when it has a few thousand songs compared to Zune which handles it gracefully.


These two points have especially got me not very happy. If the comment about the performance being sluggish is true, then it probably wouldn't handle too well on my end, considering I have something like 3600 songs. That, and the fact that selecting an artist just lists the songs,and not the albums is a big letdown, as I've grown a custom to Zune's three column layout: artists, albums, songs. Heck, the music+videos app on Windows Phone 7 lets you view artist albums, not just songs.

Xbox music just feels like something that's only designed to be used as a basic music player, and only on tablets. As long as Zune works, I'm probably going to stick with it.

#10 spudtrooper

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 00:36

App just got updated on Rt for me.

#11 bguy_1986

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 17:54

There is a little bit of improvement as far as performance IMO, but they have a long way to go!

#12 vetTHolman

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:17

I can't speak for using Xbox Music as an all around media player (I've got other apps for that), but so far I'm really liking the streaming. There seem to be fewer ads than the other services, and there are some songs that Spotify doesn't have. On the other hand, I've also noticed that some of the ads are a bit longer... 30 second full screen video ads in a music app = bad

#13 Scirwode

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:27

I too have issues with the Windows 8 Music App. Because I'm in Malaysia, I get even less access to Xbox Music and though all my Music already have ID3 info, it keeps replacing the info with low res Cover versions! It's so frustrating!

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#14 NiGhtPiSH

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:39

I personally don't like the playback experience and sound quality. Sure it looks shiny and the design is cool, but as my music is mostly lossless it just doesn't cut it for me.

So I'm sticking with good ol' foobar2000.

#15 RichardAZ

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:39

Does anyone else search for a song they have locally and when they play it, get the 30 preview on Xbox Music? What happened to free streaming? Why are half the songs only the preview version? And why is there no visual indication that a song isn't available to listen to? I think this app is only an example for third parties to come in and replace...