Thanks to this post I learned something useful that addresses some of my concerns. Specifically that there is an “Xbox Music” app in the Windows Phone store that you can download for free. Rather than updating the built-in music app in the phone, they created a new one and nobody told me :)
This new Xbox Music app is pretty much comparable to the Windows 8 app, including the following:
This addresses several of my complaints (around lack of playlists and playing every song twice).
It still doesn’t explain why the Xbox Music app on Win8 often mutes when it isn’t in the foreground (but sometimes works as expected). Nor does it alleviate the lack of music videos on the Xbox One compared to the 360.
But at least I can now use my phone to listen to music while at cardio rehab, and that was my single biggest desire.
I really like (or used to like) the Zune client and zune.net service, which were sort of renamed Xbox Music.
And even after the rename and changes the Xbox Music service is pretty good in some ways.
But there are some key things that are just plain broken – to the point I’m thinking about dropping the service. These are my complaints:
Basically, compared to the original Zune and zune.net behaviors the Xbox Music clients and service are a major step backwards.
Is anyone using some online/offline music service or player that does work on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8? Something that:
I know I might be an outlier, wanting to listen to music when I have no data service (or when I don’t want to burn my cell data plan down). And maybe I should just get an iPod and be done with it – but then I’d have to install iTunes on my computer, and last time I did that I was far from satisfied either…
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