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Playing Music In The Background

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Playing Music In The Background


    Seems a bit silly, but (using the default xbox music app) I can't have music playing in the background. I want to be able to hear my music as I do other things (on the desktop in particular), but as soon as I switch to a different app, my music cuts off.

    What gives? I'm pretty sure this is just me missing something - no way this would be built in. Or is there no way to get past the apps automatically suspending themselves? Shouldn't the music app start a background process? Searched, but couldn't find anything.

    And having it playing but taking up a fifth of my screen is unacceptable: even my cell phone can keep things going in the background. Especially when hitting my volume button even shows a little media control. I can pause/skip a song, but not hear it?

    I miss my Zune software.
    Last edited by OfficerHalf; 04 Dec 2012 at 13:54.

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I'm using the Slacker Radio App, it keeps playing if I leave Metro and go to my desktop. I'm listening to it now as I type this post in IE. I'm not suggesting you switch to Slacker Radio, I'm just pointing out that it's a metro app and it keeps playing in the background. I don't think your Xbox music app should quit like that. I don't use or even have that app installed so I can't be of much more help. I hope you get it working the way you want though.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I'm using the Slacker Radio App, it keeps playing if I leave Metro and go to my desktop. I'm listening to it now as I type this post in IE. I'm not suggesting you switch to Slacker Radio, I'm just pointing out that it's a metro app and it keeps playing in the background. I don't think your Xbox music app should quit like that. I don't use or even have that app installed so I can't be of much more help. I hope you get it working the way you want though.
    Meh, I've just installed foobar for the time being. So far this is my only issue with Win 8, so not a huge deal.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    So, I was wrong. My music doesn't STOP playing, the volume only lowers dramatically. It is so low, I thought the audio had cut off. As far as I can tell, there are no settings to set this volume.
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    That's not a fix but it sounds like you're closer to figuring it out.
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