Posts tagged with: Xbox Music
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    One of the biggest complaints that Windows and Windows Phone users have with both of these platforms, is how hot features get killed for no particular reason. Surely there must be a reason for these features to die, but you'd assume that the evolution of a platform should only make it look and perform better. Such is the case of the death of the animated Live Tile for Xbox Music, which died with the birth of Windows Phone 8, and which is rumored to make a come back. It seems that there is a version of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 that is currently being tested in Italy, and one of the ...

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    Microsoft has done a fairly decent job with its Xbox Music service, giving us a subscription-based solution that draws the line between Spotify and iTunes in a way. It may not be the best service when it comes to making every title available to you as part of your subscription, and even though it does have a music-matching option, it still doesn't compete with services like Amazon or Google Music in that you can upload your own music to these services and play them everywhere. New rumors have Microsoft working on a new music locker service that plans to use OneDrive as its locker solution. ...

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    Microsoft released Xbox Music apps for Apple's iOS and Google's Android today in order to expand the cross platform capabilities of their music subscription service once known as Zune Pass.  The service has been available on Windows, Windows 8, Xbox 360, Windows Phone and the old Zune players since forever, but now you can finally use it on iOS and Android devices as well.  How does the experience compare though?  Is it just as good or not quite? Xbox Music for iOS and Android The new Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android are practically identical to each other... and absolutely nothing ...

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    Back in the Zune days, one of the coolest features was the ability to download playlists and "mixtapes" from the Zune music store.  That feature kind of got lost with the switch to Windows Phone and the rebranding of Xbox Music.  You could sometimes find some good store-generated playlists if you did a search, but they were never very discoverable in the Windows Phone Store.  Luckily that has changed today as now you should see a "Top Playlists" section in the Windows Phone 8 Store's Music section.  You can find playlists within each genre now.  It's easy to start playing each ...

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    You might be able to read that headline and interpret it as saying that everything in Windows Phone 8 has improved so much that the best part of the previous version is now the worst part of the latest version.  Or you might read that as saying the best part of the previous version has been completely ruined in Windows Phone 8.  The latter is going to be the case here. Let's start with what was in my opinion the best part of Windows Phone 7; the Music & Videos hub combined with the fantastic Zune Pass service.  Back in 2010 there was nothing like it.  Nothing else was as good at ...

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    We love us some new technology, and we certainly give it its fair shake on today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. But every so often, you need to give a little lip-service to the tech of days gone by. The platforms and devices of yesteryear. That's right: I'm talking about dead technology. It makes sense, then, that a man going by the twitter handle DeadTechnology is here to help us dust off those fond memories. In his inaugural visit to the Pocketnow Weekly, our own Adam Doud pulls back the veil of public apathy secrecy surrounding the phenomenon of the "webOS meetup," a regular ...

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    Microsoft has made it clear that a scan-and-match system for storing your personal music collection on the cloud is in the works for its new Xbox Music program, but hasn't yet shared all the details on just how it would actually work. Some newly-discovered evidence now points to SkyDrive getting a cloud-based music playback feature, which may be how Microsoft finally ends up implementing the system. References in the SkyDrive website code make references to a "MusicPlayer", and imagery resources reveal just the sort of track control interface we'd expect to see from this kind of service. ...

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    We've been hearing a lot these last few days about Windows 8 and its more-mobile companion, Windows Phone 8, but precious little about the interim OS upgrade, 7.8. The decimal-laden version hasn't gotten much press of late, leading us to wonder just what's in store for owners of the current crop of Windows Phone 7 devices, which won't be able to run Microsoft's newer OS. We already knew 7.8 would offer support for new Live Tile sizes and that it would accordingly look the part of Windows Phone 8, but further details were sparse. Despite the iterative nature implied by its x.x version ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the photos of the Sony Nexus X that were recently discovered. Then we talk about the leaked price rage that we may find for the iPad Mini later this month along with the possible storage and wireless variances. We then discuss Softbank's recent purchase of Sprint, which still doesn't necessarily mean anything good or bad for current customers. Then we go through our coverage of the LG Optimus G and our first impressions. We end today's show by talking about Microsoft's new Xbox music and what's good and bad about it. All this and more after ...

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