Annual Xbox Music Pass Nicks You A Free Lumia 520/Lumia 521

Annual Xbox Music Pass Nicks You A Free Lumia 520/Lumia 521We know that we have put the jolly season of Christmas behind us for over a month already, but this does not mean that the spirit of generosity should be stamped out altogether! No sir, Microsoft certainly does not think along that line, and they have in fact introduced a mouthwatering proposal – by giving away a contract-free Nokia Lumia 520 or Nokia Lumia 521 for free as long as you decide to pick up a 12-month Xbox Music Pass. This will not be an ongoing offer indefinitely, since it is part of a limited time promotion. Hence, the usual disclaimers apply here – early bird gets the early worm and all that jazz.

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    Xbox Music For Android Gets Offline Playback Support

    Xbox Music For Android Gets Offline Playback Support

    Earlier this week Microsoft launched its new iOS app for the Xbox Music streaming service. The new update brought one major feature, the ability to play music offline. This was welcome news for those who signed up for Xbox Music Pass, as they can now access their songs even when they’re not connected to the internet. Microsoft has now added the feature in the Xbox Music app for Android as well. The update, released today, comes with support for offline playback of playlists. Previously both apps required users to be constantly connected to the internet if they wanted to stream music.

    Turning on this feature isn’t that hard. A toggle is displayed on each playlist through which users can decide which playlist is to be made available for offline listening. Its actually quite similar to the way playlists are pinned in Google Play Music. Once done, the entire playlist is available for offline streaming, allowing users to listen to their music even if they’re on board a plane or simply somewhere where there is no internet, even in these modern times, that can happen quite frequently. The updated Xbox Music app for Android is available as a free download, it is live now on the Google Play Store.

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    Xbox Music And Video Windows 8.1 Apps Updated

    Xbox Music And Video Windows 8.1 Apps Updated

    Microsoft today released updates for Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps on Windows 8.1. The updated apps bring a number of improvements as well as new features. The updated Xbox Video app brings an improved layout, particularly for the section where it displays TV shows. It also comes with various “minor fixes,” and the app has also been improved for high resolution screens and portrait mode.

    The Xbox Music app does what the name suggests, it lets users play and manage music from their personal collection or browse and purchase songs from the service. The updated Xbox Music app can now accept Microsoft Windows gift cards as a method of payment, Microsoft launched the gift cards only recently. Better support for when the app is being used in snap mode has also been added in this update. Xbox Music app’s left menu now displays a “now playing” list. Users can now simply start typing whenever the app is open launch a search. Playback controls are now always visible from inside the app, thus allowing users to play or pause a song with one tap or click. Furthermore, the share charm can now be used to share a web page inside the Xbox Music app. Both the Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps are now available for download from the Windows Store.

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    Xbox One Supports Free Xbox Music Streaming With The Occasional Ad

    Xbox One Supports Free Xbox Music Streaming With The Occasional Ad

    November is finally here, the month in which Microsoft releases the hotly anticipated Xbox One console. Gamers who’ve got their pre-orders in would no doubt be crossing off each day on the calendars, while a lot of people are expected to line up outside retailers come launch day to get their hands on the new console. Albert Penello, head of product planning for Xbox One at Microsoft, has confirmed that the company has moved to the ad-supported free streaming model for Xbox Music on the upcoming console.

    Penello revealed through Twitter that Xbox One owners won’t have to subscribe to Xbox Music, they’ll be able to streaming music for free but will “get periodic Ads.” Even though streaming music is free, console owners will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access the app. This is quite a change from the current subscription model on the Xbox 360. Microsoft already allows Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 and the web users to stream music for free with the occasional ad, so its basically bringing the Xbox One in line with those variants. Penello hasn’t clarified if Xbox 360 owners will get free access to the ad-supported Xbox Music service somewhere down the line, hopefully this bit will be cleared up by the company soon.

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