Music

Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1

The Music app

With the Music app that comes free with Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, you can play and manage all of the music from your collection, including:

  • Albums ripped from CDs

  • Millions of songs in the Xbox Music catalog

  • Songs bought from iTunes or other services

  • The playlists you’ve created

Your music is organized in helpful categories you can browse, like the artist’s name or a song’s title, and you can also search for an artist, song, or album so you can quickly play whatever you want.

Sign in with your Microsoft account and you can stream millions of songs for free. You’ll hear some ads when you’re listening to songs you don’t already own, and there’s some fine print you should read about how much time you can spend streaming each month. If you don't want to listen to ads, you can get a subscription for Xbox Music Pass. With it, you can download songs so you can play them when you’re offline, and you can sync your collection across your devices (Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 PCs, Windows Phone, Xbox 360) so that your music follows you wherever you go.

Note

  • Not all services are available in all countries or regions. See Xbox Music for more info.

Get started

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To open the Music app

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)

  2. Enter music, and then tap or click Music.

Note

  • When you open the Music app for the first time, it automatically finds the music files stored in your Music folder. If you need to add more of your CDs, learn how to rip (copy) music.

To play, pause, or skip a song from your collection

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)

  2. Enter music, and then tap or click Music.

  3. On the left, tap or click Collection.

    Search for music using the Albums, Artists, or Songs tabs, and you can filter and sort by date, genre, and name.

  4. Select a song or album, and then tap or click the Play button.

    Use the controls at the bottom of the screen to play, pause, skip, and set other playback options.

Tip

  • If you want to listen to music while you use another app, resize the Music app and use the playback controls in the smaller window, or open a second app full-screen and use the playback controls on your keyboard (if you have one).

Customize what you listen to

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To create a playlist and update it

Want to create music for a certain mood or special event? Here's how:

  1. On the left, tap or click New playlist, enter a name, and then tap or click Save.

  2. On the left, tap or click Collection, tap or click a song, tap or click the Plus button, and then tap or click the name of the playlist.

    Add as many songs as you want to the playlist.

  3. On the left, tap or click the playlist, and then tap or click the Play button.

  4. To change the order of the songs, select a song by pressing and holding it and dragging it to where you want it, or right-click the song, and then tap or click the Move up or Move down button.

  5. To remove a song, select it, and then tap or click the Minus button.

To create a radio station

A "radio" station creates a customized, streaming playlist of songs based on the artist's name you enter.

  1. On the left, tap or click Radio.

  2. Tap or click Start a station.

  3. Enter an artist's name, and then tap or click the Play button.

    You can hear a fresh mix of the stations you created by tapping or clicking Radio.

    If you've got an Xbox Music Pass, you can save the playlists so you can listen to them offline.

Get unlimited songs on your Microsoft devices

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Use an Xbox Music Pass

If you want to stream millions of songs without hearing ads and be able to download or play songs on a Windows Phone or Xbox 360, then get a subscription for Xbox Music Pass. With it, you can download songs so you can play them when you’re offline, and you can sync your collection across your devices (Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 PCs, Windows Phone, Xbox 360) so that your music follows you wherever you go.

The Xbox Music Pass has a risk-free trial, so check out the benefits of listening to whatever you want whenever you want.

To listen to your music collection on other Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 devices

If a song from the collection of music you own is also available in the Xbox Music store, you can "match" your music "in the cloud." Once it's matched, you'll be able to listen to your songs on other devices without having copies of the files on those devices.

When you start the Music app for the first time, you're asked to match your music in the cloud. If you choose not to match, you can always match later. Here's how:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)

  2. Tap or click Preferences.

  3. Under Music in the cloud, turn both settings on.

Learn more about artists

You can learn about the artists you’re listening to. Here's how:

  1. On the left, tap or click Collection.

  2. Tap or click the Artists tab.

  3. Press and hold or right-click an artist's name, and then tap or click Explore artist.