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Microsoft follows Google's lead and decouples Xbox Music from Windows Phone

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Microsoft follows Google's lead and decouples Xbox Music from Windows Phone
Google has been on a long streak recently of decoupling apps from the Android system in order to more easily push out updates to those apps through the Google Play Store rather than requiring a full Android system update. Microsoft seems to have noticed that was a good idea, and now it has done the same by releasing a standalone Xbox Music into the Windows Phone Store.

The support for Xbox Music is baked-in to Windows Phone through the Music+Videos hub, but offering a standalone app through the Windows Phone Store will help Microsoft to push updates in the future. Right now, the big difference is that the Music+Videos hub on Windows Phone is the spot you want to go to access the music that you have purchased through the Windows Phone Store. The Xbox Music app is completely useless unless you have signed up for the Xbox Music Pass, which will allow for streaming music to your mobile device.

Once you have the streaming subscription (which will cost you $9.99 per month after a 30 day trial), you can stream as much music as you want and even download music for offline access. You can get all of the info you might want on your artists, get "Radio" shuffles of songs, and even create/edit playlists which will sync across your connected devices. 


Download: Xbox Music

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posted on 18 Dec 2013, 14:34 6

1. mike2959 (Posts: 224; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


I guess it's really how someone defines this. If it's carrier installed then everyone says it's bloatware. If it's manufacturer installed then it's bloatware. What about Google installed? Or Windows installed? In my opinion if it's on the phone and I don't use it, it's bloatware. I don't use Google play books, magazines, Google search, Google +, Hangouts, but you can't remove these. For some reason nobody calls these Bloatware. Well mines rooted and Cyn takes care of that. Even the Nexus 5 isn't so "Vanilla" anymore.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 15:12

2. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)


so true!

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 15:24 1

3. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


You can't remove them without root but you can disable them so they're no longer visible.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 17:36

4. MC1123 (Posts: 1238; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


ugly selena selena gomez with no talent! beyonce should be there!

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 17:56 1

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2124; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Microsoft got Scrooogled haha.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 19:33 1

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


So Microsoft just decoupled the music player? I still have no idea what Xbox Music does

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 19:46

7. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 748; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Onwards and upwards for WP... Hope more usage comes with individual dedicated apps.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 21:24 1

8. taikucing (unregistered)


M$ - a bunch of lazy devs

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 23:56

9. JunkCreek (Posts: 402; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Still missing ablity to playing from folder.

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