Xbox Music and Video apps for Windows 8.1 get updates

The launch of Windows 8.1 a few weeks ago included some updates to many of the Metro apps created in-house by Microsoft. Today, the company pushed out updates to two of those apps, Xbox Music and Xbox Video, adding some new features and improvements.

The change notes for the Xbox Music app show that it can now accept the recently launched Microsoft Windows gift cards as payment. It also includes better support for when the app is used in snap mode. Additionally, Microsoft added a "now playing" list as part of the app's left-side menu. Typing when the Xbox Music app is open will now bring up the search feature with this new update. The share charm can also be used inside the app to share any web page inside Xbox Music. The patch note state the app will "look for music on it and make you a playlist." Another improvement is playback controls now always being visible from inside the app, allowing uses to pause or play a music track with just one click or tap.

The notes on the Xbox Video app page indicate that today's update brings an improvement for its layout when it displays TV shows. There's also been some updates for when the app is viewed on a high-resolution display and in portrait mode, along with unnamed "minor fixes."

Source: Xbox Music and Xbox Video via Wind8apps | Image via Microsoft

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Everyone should voice their complaints through the "Feedback" option in the apps and let Microsoft know what's wrong. Hopefully they'll listen and make the changes.

Zune still kills it. At least the app plays WAV files, something Zune couldn't do. But it ignores all embedded album art in 95% of my correctly tagged music

ZipZapRap said,
Zune still kills it. At least the app plays WAV files, something Zune couldn't do. But it ignores all embedded album art in 95% of my correctly tagged music

At times post-zune, I've just plugged my phone's headphone output into my amp & cross mixed it. To give them credit, they seem to be at least trying with each update but it still lacks compared to just about every product they have released before it (Including even WMP).

One of these removes the desktop tile from the start screen. Updated on my desktop then restarted to see it gone. Got my laptop out and it did the same thing. Guess that's one of the minor fixes lol

NightmarE D said,
One of these removes the desktop tile from the start screen. Updated on my desktop then restarted to see it gone. Got my laptop out and it did the same thing. Guess that's one of the minor fixes lol

Haven't seen this... By chance are you using a MS Account that shares your Tile settings between systems?

Mobius Enigma said,

Haven't seen this... By chance are you using a MS Account that shares your Tile settings between systems?

Nope. Different account for each system. I also don't use the sync option since there wouldn't be a point for me to.

They're getting rid of that tile or it's an odd bug lol

NOW PLAYING is worse in the 8.1 version... it no longer cycles full screen of the artist... you are forced to have half of your screen taken up with a playlist... sometimes, I only see the top of the heads of the artist..,,.

Yeah, I kind of miss the artist photos, biography, related music.. Whatever happened to those, it looks like they are going more and more away from them.

Again, the music app is incomplete and will remain so until all of Zune features are included in app. Please fix this POS of a music app. I can list features missing if need be... stupid MS.

This app is a junk. It works for 2 or 3 days and it drops all of my perfectly embedded cover arts and won't get them back even if I delete all of it's temporary files or reinstall it completely. It is also a joke, that they can't follow their own way of doing things. For example, why can't I create a local playlist that I can share through the share charm with the windows phone app, thus it syncs the playlist and the tracks with my Lumia. This isn't rocket science for God's sake....

They should rename this to Music or Video app with no XBOX in front of it because PC is not XBOX and it would help toward unification they try.

zoharzenica said,
They should rename this to Music or Video app with no XBOX in front of it because PC is not XBOX and it would help toward unification they try.

The apps connect and use the Xbox Video and Xbox Music services, if you are in a market that allows them at least. So the naming for them is fine.

zoharzenica said,
They should rename this to Music or Video app with no XBOX in front of it because PC is not XBOX and it would help toward unification they try.

the point of this is to move the meaning of 'xbox' into a more entertainment style idea in peoples minds, and the xbox one itself as a living room entertainment device.

this is a good plan in my mind, as the entertainment aspects don't hinder the xbox and the xbox moniker doesn't hinder the entertainment.

Does anyone know why I can't select the "Play on Xbox 360" feature when playing music in the new Windows 8.1 Xbox Music app? I got to the Devices charme, but the Xbox doesn't show up.

Andrea Barbera said,
Does anyone know why I can't select the "Play on Xbox 360" feature when playing music in the new Windows 8.1 Xbox Music app? I got to the Devices charme, but the Xbox doesn't show up.

Have you turned the option on in your Xbox 360 settings? If so go into the PC Settings app, go to device and then Add a device, as long as the 360 is on and on the same network it should show up in the list and you can add it. After that it should show up in your Device charm.

The strange thing is that the Xbox shows up onder Devices > Play when using the Xbox Video app, but not in the Xbox Music app. The Xbox 360 is listed under PC Settings > Devices

I found out that the Xbox does show up when playing local unprotected files, but I cannot use the Play to feature when playing DRM-protected tracks from the Xbox Music store with my Xbox Music Pass. Is this normal?

It only works for local mp3's for me, not for any music matched from the cloud. I assume this is because if you have music in the cloud, you can play it natively on the 360, and Microsoft would rather charge you for it.

Andrea Barbera said,
Does anyone know why I can't select the "Play on Xbox 360" feature when playing music in the new Windows 8.1 Xbox Music app? I got to the Devices charme, but the Xbox doesn't show up.

I found that I had to go to switch on the Xbox 360 & be on the same network, then go to; Settings ->Change PC settings -> PC and Devices -> Devices and install my Xbox 360 first.