How to use Xbox Music [Windows Phone 101]

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Are you a new user? Are you trying to figure out how to use your fancy new Windows Phone? Not all of us are seasoned veterans when it comes to Windows Phone. At one time we were all beginners just looking for answers. Windows Phone 101 aims to provide answers to the simplest questions.

Listening to music is one of the most used features on any smartphone. Now that almost everyone has a smartphone with them at all times they have slowly become the way we listen to music. Windows Phone devices come with an app called “Xbox Music.” It can be used as a plain old music player, but it also does much more. Let’s take a look.

Xbox Music is a cloud-based music service similar to Google Music. The app can play local files, stream, and also allow you to purchase and download songs. In order to use the Xbox Cloud Collection, which is music stored in a cloud that can be accessed on any device, you need to sign up for Xbox Music Pass. The steps below assume you have this.

PC Set Up

  1. Open Music on any Windows 8 or RT device.
  2. Right click or swipe up and select Open File.
  3. Select all the music from your PC you want to add to your collection.
  4. It will ask whether you want to hear your music on other devices, accept it.

Xbox Music will now match the songs you uploaded to songs that are available in the Xbox Music store. It will fill in missing info and album artwork. After it is done syncing you should be able to listen to the songs on your phone.

Phone Set Up

  1. Open Music + Videos
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Turn on Xbox Music cloud collection.

The songs that are available in the Cloud Collection will be indicated with a small streaming icon Cloud streaming icon next to them. If all of the songs don’t appear right away just give it some time. Whenever you change something or add music on the PC it will be reflected to your phone, too. Simple as that. Now you will never be without your tunes.




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