Windows 8 app updates for Xbox Music, Nokia Music and Xbox Video available

Microsoft is closing the work week with updates for two of its in-house developed Windows 8 apps. The Windows Store is now allowing users to download the updates for the Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps.

Unfortunately, there's no word on what's been updated in the change logs of the apps. Both the Xbox Music and Xbox Video pages are still showing the same patch notes that were made for their previous updates, both of which added a number of new features and improvements. We will update this post if and when Microsoft decides to release the change logs for today's updates.

Nokia has also released a new update for the Windows 8 Nokia Music app, which was first launched in early April. As with today's Xbox Windows 8 app updates, the Nokia Music app has no current patch notes on its Windows Store page. As we have reported before, the Nokia Music app allows users with a paid Nokia Music+ subscription to access and download music from a library of 20 million tracks.

Microsoft is expected to offer major updates for its in-house Windows 8 apps, along with all new apps, for the free launch of Windows 8.1 later this year.

Update: The new change notes for the Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps have now gone live and there are lots of changes and additions for both apps. The Xbox Music app has added support for semantic zoom to zoom in and out of a user's music collection, along with viewing which part of a user's music collection is on the PC and which music is store on the cloud. It also supports importation of iTunes playlists and more.

The Xbox Video app adds better access to information about actors and director, a way to view the video purchase history and restore previously bought videos and lots more.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Microsoft

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Actually I think the update notes are for the last update. There's been semantic zoom in Xbox Music for a while now.

everything look nice on xbox music except when you access My Music - all music - top music
the UI there looks Horrible and the background color makes it even worse
and what even worse xbox music service not available in all countries

I can't wait to update when I get home. The worst part about my Surface RT was the stuttering music playback, hopefully this will have fixed that.

Internal storage. I was having a problem where my playlists would only play the first song and it would stutter. After the song ended, it wouldn't be able to find any other songs in my playlist, and it would stop playing music. This is on or off airplane mode, and with no other apps running, and across reboots.

/bug report

This update seems fantastic though, I was able to start playing a playlist in less time than it usually takes just to open the app.

Huh. I only ask because I had a similar problem with this one SD card I had. Although it was rated a class 10, it performed poorly, when I switched to another class 10, my issues went away. Unfortunately, that's not much help for you

I can tell you what, It loaded up faster and searches my library faster already. Plus, store navigation feels MUCH better. Enjoying the continuous improvement of these apps!

I've noticed it's matching songs to the cloud a little bit better. Waiting to see if they "stick" this time.

However, I still think this app sucks, but it's good to see they are actually working on it. Wish progress would be a little faster though.

For me, music and videos app are still only-offline apps, it's not even called "xbox" for me. MS should make these "xbox" features available for every country...

nyolc8 said,
For me, music and videos app are still only-offline apps, it's not even called "xbox" for me. MS should make these "xbox" features available for every country...

It's not up to Microsoft.. its all up to the publishers/studios/distributors that own the content rights and not all content is equally owned by the same companies across different countries.

nyolc8 said,
For me, music and videos app are still only-offline apps, it's not even called "xbox" for me. MS should make these "xbox" features available for every country...
I worked around that issue by setting my country to "United Kingdom" in regional settings (I a live in Malta and have an xbox music subscription and can't benefit from it without "faking" my location )

When I clicked the details prior to the update I saw a list of changes -- it was quite long.

Among them was the new feature to import iTunes playlists.

-Forjo