Upcoming Windows 8 Xbox Music app images leaked; Weather app video

On Saturday, we reported that the redsigned Windows Store was now available for people who had installed leaked builds of Windows 8.1. Now it appears that move has yielded something unexpected; a first look at the revamped Xbox Music app for Windows 8.

Bavo Luysterborg posted the screenshots that he spotted in the Windows Store listing for Xbox Music on his Twitter account. The actual app itself is not available for download, but the listing for Xbox Music does show a major new look for the app's user interface.

Luysterborgon has also installed the new Weather app that was found in the Windows Store and has posted up a video on YouTube showing a couple of new features. One is support for the larger Live Tile size on the Windows 8.1 Start screen. The other is an introductory video designed to give new users a tutorial on how to use the Weather app.

It's likely that the new Xbox Music and Weather apps along with many of Microsoft's in-house apps, are being prepared for the public preview release of Windows 8.1, which should be available for download for Windows 8 users on June 26th.

Source: Bavo Luysterborgon on Twitter via Winbeta.org | Images via Bavo Luysterborgon

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Can't wait to try it out the new Xbox Music... it actually looks useable... but I won't judge until I try it out... lol

And can't wait to have that new large Weather tile.. that's sexy!

One thing I don't get and I can't be the only one is why not combine the music and video apps? Like media player played media I mean I play MP3s but I also have a collection of music videos.....

Yeah, I wish they did this too... I don't like how they are separate... but I have a feeling it does with the integration with the separate music / video stores... but even Zune had them combined, so they can easily combine them here... which I hope they do!

jasondefaoite said,
Ads in the metro apps. No thanks. Boot to desktop and I'm happy.

Add content filtering to your network and you get the best of both worlds, Free to play music with no adverts.

TPreston said,

Add content filtering to your network and you get the best of both worlds, Free to play music with no adverts.

Do you have a link with info on how to do this?

So how come mobile apps can have ads, and windows 8 apps can't? How are developers supposed to make money? It's better they have non-distracting ads than make us pay for their hard work. Some developers even offer paid ad-free versions.

MidTxWRX said,

Do you have a link with info on how to do this?

Any kind of firewall that can do web protocol filtering or a network firewall its all mobileads.msn.com

jasondefaoite said,
Ads in the metro apps. No thanks. Boot to desktop and I'm happy.

If you pay for Xbox Music, you don't get any ads. If you use it for free, you get ads.

Waiting to see more of Music IMHO it's been the most disappointing app. As for weather they should be puting some HD video's in, I use Amazing Weather HD on my 920 and it looks great!

This background color itself gives the app a way better look than the previous light grey background. IMO inspired from the Xbox One. But still good progress either way... Looking forward to it!

I thought Microsoft was going to go for simplistic and get rid of skeuomorphs.

They should get rid of the clouds and the sky and put a black background or better yet all the icons too and just use words you know the pictures distract from the information. /s

Umm... having a photo in the background is not 'skeumorphs'... learn what that means. Plus, the Weather app (which is a gorgeous app) along with many other apps, has always had that. Minimalism doesn't mean it has to be ugly and I'm finding the developers are finally realizing that by either hiring UI designers or figuring it out themselves.

Yes it is because the picture and the icons are a life representation of the weather that does not add value becasue it already says , cloudy, sunny, raining, etc.. in the forcast or do you need a picture to understand what raining, etc.. means. It just like win phone 8 fans say it wastes resources just like the background, glass effect, etc..

Superboy said,
Yes it is because the picture and the icons are a life representation of the weather that does not add value becasue it already says , cloudy, sunny, raining, etc.. in the forcast or do you need a picture to understand what raining, etc.. means. It just like win phone 8 fans say it wastes resources just like the background, glass effect, etc..

Yeeeahh. It turns out you actually do have a wrong impression of what a skeuomorph is. Graphics and photos are not skeuomorphic. You're making yourself look reeeeally misinformed by reiterating your wrong perspective.

Digital skeuomorphs
The note-taking application Evernote employs a skeuomorph of physical notebooks to represent digital collections defined by the user.

Many computer programs have a skeuomorphic graphical user interface that "emulates objects in the physical world". An example of this trend was the 1998 RealThings package.[12] A more extreme example is found in many music synthesis and audio processing software packages, which closely emulate physical musical instruments and audio equipment. Functional input controls like knobs, buttons, switches, and sliders are often careful duplicates of those found on the original physical device being emulated. "Some software even includes graphical elements of the original design that serve no user interface function, such as handles, screws, and ventilation holes".

Even systems that do not employ literal images of some physical object frequently contain skeuomorphic elements, such as slider bars that emulate linear potentiometers and tabs that behave like tabbed file folders. Skeuomorphs need not be visual. The shutter-click sound emitted by most camera phones when taking a picture is an auditory skeuomorph: it does not come from a mechanical shutter, which camera phones lack, but from a sound file in the phone's operating system. Another example is the "swiping hand gesture for turning the "pages" or screens of a tablet".

Icons are a representation of a real world object, clouds, sun, rain, etc.. are a representation of a real world object.
And even if it's not a skeuomorph it's like win 8 and windows phone 7 or 8 would say does not bring value and distracts from the information it just waste resources and that's the reason they give for taking out the nicer icons, shadows, glass effect, but they also don't take out the animations that also don't bring anything useful to the information just a waste of resources. And according to them you can do that with text and a solid background.

Still not a patch on Zune

edit: Actually, it's still butt ugly. Sorry, keep going Microsoft, one day you'll catch up to Zune (says a massive Windows 8 fan... but someone who thinks the Xbox Music app/experience is not even fit for the 7th level of Hell)

Zune user here as well.

While the Music app on Windows 8 at least seems to be able to use the tags embedded in my MP3s, it really sucks that it can't just re-use the album art that I've already spent countless hours setting up properly in the Zune software. I hope this upcoming version does a better job of it.

_dandy_ said,
Zune user here as well.

While the Music app on Windows 8 at least seems to be able to use the tags embedded in my MP3s, it really sucks that it can't just re-use the album art that I've already spent countless hours setting up properly in the Zune software. I hope this upcoming version does a better job of it.

I agree, or at least let us re-add the art manually ourselves.

While I totally agree, let's not judge the app simply based on some pre-release screenshots It could be a lot better than it looks.

j2006 said,
let's not judge the app simply based on some pre-release screenshots

I'm not sure how "I hope this upcoming version does a better job of it" somehow got translated into me "judging" the upcoming version based on pre-release screenshots.

This will work much better as a music player than a way to discover new music, but it also looks like the Windows UI team can't decide whether apps should scroll vertically or horizontally. Even Xbox Music on the Xbox itself scrolls horizontally.

Can't say I like the new Music app interface. And why do every new app have this search box? I don't want search boxes, I want to use the search charm, so much more simplistic and minimalist.

Because a lot of people didn't like the fact they had to open the charmsbar for searching. I didn't, however, I can't say that all those searchboxes is a bad progress, either.

simenmangseth said,
Can't say I like the new Music app interface. And why do every new app have this search box? I don't want search boxes, I want to use the search charm, so much more simplistic and minimalist.

I'm not happy about the search box either. The beauty of the Search charm is that search works consistently across the OS and every app that supports it. Adding a search box is redundant and adds unnecessary clutter.

If you watch the instructional video though, she uses the Search charm to search and you can't see the search box shown at the beginning of the video. Hopefully that means that the search box won't be in the final version and is only there for debugging/testing in early builds.