Microsoft updates Windows 8 Xbox Music app with in-app searches

Microsoft is apparently not waiting for next week's BUILD 2013 conference to release some new versions of its in-house Windows 8 apps. Today, the company revealed that the Xbox Music app received a fairly significant update with two new useful features.

The Windows Experience blog reveals that the new version of the Xbox Video app should be available for download in the Windows Store right now. As you can see in the screenshot above, one of the features shows a search button on the top right side of the app. When used, the button lets Xbox Music owners search in the app itself for their own songs stored on their PC, or on the online Xbox Music catalog.

Windows 8 owners can also test out the streaming service on Xbox Music in a new way by listening to up to 15 songs before signing in. If they like what they hear, Windows 8 users can sign up to access free unlimited streaming for six months. After that, their streaming time is limited to 10 free hours a month unless they pay for a Xbox Music pass. Microsoft also stated the Xbox Music app update has some unnamed bug fixes and UI improvements.

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When I first started to use Windows 8 in my laptop, was trying to figure it out how to use the Music app to show my music, I mean, when you start the music app, you expect to see all your music ordered neatly by artist, album, genre, etc. or at least the album cover, but never could, I think I was too st*pid, later a update of the app let me see my music, by that time I already went back to iTunes and WinAMP.

I think the new start menu is a really cool idea, but the implementation of the Apps is not, some of them are so f*cking simple, that you don't know to do a simple task like: Search, Add a favorite, Play, Pause, etc. Then bring the "charm" bar, bottom bar, right click o WIN+I, oh come on. It's a real pain.

Now this days, not even bother to open any of the Metro apps, just go for the feature rich Desktop Application (the only one i kept is Skype).

My main gripe is that searching in the music app is still slower than searching in the music folder with windows explorer. :-/

Still though for some reason Microsoft can't update it to find all my music. Every other music app I have tried finds it all, why can't XBox Music? Frankly I don't care if they fix it but it shouldn't be that difficult.

They should just make it clearer to users that the search charm is contextual. These redundant buttons wouldn't be necessary if the windows 8 tutorial was a little more than "you can now move you mouse to the corners".

I think this is better place to put the search so users can know tht you're able to search, not everyone knows that there's a search charm and even after you tell them it's easy for them to forget that it's there. So them putting it where it's visible is a great addition I think

ians18 said,
They should not put a search box in the app itself, like shown off in the Xbox Music "Blue" Update: http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/blue-xbox-music-20 . Instead they should just show the search icon if you have a keyboard/mouse.
Except not then either, because a keyboard user doesn't have to enact a button to search. All he needs to is start typing anywhere and it begins a search.

Search feature was always there. Only difference is that you don't have to swipe to open the charms. But for keyboard users its always faster to just start typing in a search term.

In my eyes the search icon is pretty useless. And it is only visible on the home streen of the app while you may want to start a search anywhere inside the app.

If this trend continues we will have menus and tool bars again. Ridicules.

tiadimundo said,
Search feature was always there. Only difference is that you don't have to swipe to open the charms. But for keyboard users its always faster to just start typing in a search term.

In my eyes the search icon is pretty useless. And it is only visible on the home streen of the app while you may want to start a search anywhere inside the app.

If this trend continues we will have menus and tool bars again. Ridicules.


oooo, I like everything you said except "ridicules". I think you mean "ridiculous".

One that drives me crazy actually is the lack of an in UI 'app' home button. Drilling back up in Metro can be tedious.

Dashel said,
One that drives me crazy actually is the lack of an in UI 'app' home button. Drilling back up in Metro can be tedious.
Most well designed modern apps don't have more than two hierarchical layers. My mouse has a back button and I can press it two times in under one second. So much for Metro is not useful on a desktop

Many do though. The Store added one on the contextual, but most apps haven't.

Sadly, most laptops and simple mice don't have a dedicated back button.

the button lets Xbox Music owners search in the app itself

The button just triggers the Search Charm. Which it should do anyway as theres no need for it's own separate search bar which would do exactly the same thing.

1Pixel said,

The button just triggers the Search Charm. Which it should do anyway as theres no need for it's own separate search bar which would do exactly the same thing.

It's a good idea. I have a settings button in one of my apps, but it just triggers the settings charm.

How do you feel it's better than Spotify? Spotify lets you listen to unlimited songs for free. Xbox Music has a monthly limit. And if you're paying, aren't they effectively identical?

no because for the first six month it is free unlimited streaming unlike spotify and with 10 hours of no ad streaming that is much better than every four songs having to hear a crappy ad with crappy music. plus the fact the app works in the volume control is better.

Hmm. In the US at least, Xbox Music's free streaming DEFINITELY has ads. They seem to be about as annoying as Spotify's. And Spotify is free unlimited streaming not just for six months, but forever.