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What are your thoughts on Xbox Music?

  1. #11


    Posts : 5
    Windoiws 8

    Seriously?


    I think it's very ordinary right now, even with the latest update which came through this morning.

    The service they use for metadata is even worse than that of the Zune desktop application. I've seen spelling errors (the Beatles Pleace Pleace me!), my compilation albums have been destroyed by breaking them down into single track albums, half of it wont sync with the cloud service, album art is wrong/missing, album titles are wrong, multiple versions of 1 album version which I assume to be USA's but I have a different version being from OZ, and other than trusting the same org that stuffed my collection up to begin with, I have very little opportunity to rectify this.

    Until this is fixed, I wont upgrade my desktop to Win 8 as I want at least 1 set of albums correct.

    NB: The music collection that is trashed is on my server which is set aside for my windows phone only. The 2nd set is on my desktop and appears to be solidly remaining with iTunes unless MS sort this out.

    Now I find that the best of Elvis Costello album has been renamed Painted From Memory by Burt Bacharach. FFS!!!
    Last edited by AllRaj; 23 Oct 2012 at 19:56. Reason: additional gripe

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  2. #12


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Well, I got my Music App back. Basically I re-installed the preview version again from "Your Apps" and this time instead of installing the Preview it actually installed the latest version.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Just installed the latest version....

    I so far like the Smart DJ and music streaming abilities like Pandora does. It ACTUALLY shuffles music better, can't tell you how many times I've been annoyed at the SAME song in the same shuffle list that needs to be reshuffled. I also can't complain on how it uses less system resource overall.

    It's........................................................ugh......

    Seriously, the UI hasn't been improved a lot. The Now Playing visualizer, it's better, but oh my gosh....it's not that great. Not like Zune AT ALL. Still HATE that Bio sidebar that comes up EVERY time when you hit Now Playing from the Dashboard. If I click that, that means I want it FULL SCREEN. Even still, the visualizer doesn't seem too complete, it's just shapes and colors, and it's just weak. Zune's visualizer is phenomenally better than this. Good grief. Things are glitch but I think that's just due to my idiotic networking issue that seems to always happen at night than anything. I've only got the visualizer to work with Smart DJ, not with local music. I'm confused. Out of any app, I'd would had figured the Music app would had received at lot of attention and would be coded in such a way so when one switches back to it, it's not like all "Oh where did I leave off?" type of thing. So far, I'm not impressed. The app does deserve its three star rating, it's not great. It's OK, if it was an initial beta release, but seeing as this is the final public release, man oh man. This isn't good.

    I'll play with it further to see if anything gets better, but gee, if I could, I'd stay and stick with Zune until it can't ever be used. It's more dynamic and immersive than Xbox Music, looks, acts, is, and manages things better. The only con with Zune is that it pushes the CPU to the max, which I'm not too keen on.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    With the changes in DRM and the fact that the Music App cannot play music already downloaded from Zune Pass makes it a useless App at this point. Add to that the inability to add network locations to the Music Library, which was is an issue in W7 as well, makes the experience bad also because no music shows up in My Music. If you have Windows Phone 7 you still need Zune or you can't sync music to your phone, but then if you get a new Windows Phone 8 device you can't use Zune to sync music anymore you have to use Windows 8 sync which can't access Zune downloaded music.

    It's a messy transition for Zune Pass users.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    With the changes in DRM and the fact that the Music App cannot play music already downloaded from Zune Pass makes it a useless App at this point. Add to that the inability to add network locations to the Music Library, which was is an issue in W7 as well, makes the experience bad also because no music shows up in My Music. If you have Windows Phone 7 you still need Zune or you can't sync music to your phone, but then if you get a new Windows Phone 8 device you can't use Zune to sync music anymore you have to use Windows 8 sync which can't access Zune downloaded music.

    It's a messy transition for Zune Pass users.

    I had no problem playing Zune Pass music from the app last night after a clean install. All I did was copy my music folder to an external, install, then move it back.

    I really like the app after limited use.
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