Xbox Music

Xbox Music 2.3.41003

Listen to your favorite music wherever you go

Xbox Music allows you to search for and play music on your iOS device from a collection of millions of songs. View full description

PROS

  • Huge database of music to choose from
  • Well designed and easy to use
  • Supports playlists, which can be synced across devices
  • 'Collection' feature for storing all your favorite music

CONS

  • Doesn't support offline listening
  • Limited radio feature
  • Not great for music discovery

Good
7

Xbox Music allows you to search for and play music on your iOS device from a collection of millions of songs.

What can you do with Xbox Music?

Xbox Music offers a very similar service to that which you get with Spotify. By signing up to the service you get access to a huge database of songs, which you can stream to your device wherever you go, via a WiFi or mobile data connection.

To make it easy to pick out what you want to listen to from this wealth of music you can create playlists with Xbox Music, which you can add your songs to. These playlists sync across any device you run Xbox Music on, be it a PC, Xbox, web, or another mobile device.

One feature of Xbox Music that you won't find in Spotify is the 'Collection' section. This acts as a hub for all of your favorite music, which again is accessible from anywhere and at any time. In your collection you can add songs, albums and playlists to give you a mini catalog of music that you like. You can browse your collection by artist, album, song or genre. 

At first glance, the collection feature doesn't seem much different to the concept of playlists but it's actually a bit different, since it aggregates all of your existing playlists as well as allowing you to add more. This saves you having to navigate through all of your different playlists if there are songs strewn across them which you want to listen to together.

Although this collections feature is very useful, overall the Microsoft app is limited in terms of features when compared to the Spotify app. Xbox Music does have a radio feature, but it's not so well integrated and only supports artist radio (i.e. you can't create radio stations around playlists/genres/songs). 

Also, there's no 'Explore' feature like there is on the web version of Xbox Music , and you don't get the ability to share playlists with your friends or make collaborative playlists - options which you get with a Spotify account.

Crucially too, there's no 'offline' mode in Xbox Music, so you can't download songs to be listened to when you're not connected (even though the Windows Phone version of Xbox Music does support this). So, Xbox Music can take its toll if you have a limited mobile data plan.

Quick access to the music you love

The Xbox Music app for is easy enough to get around, and it isn't too dissimilar to the Spotify app. A slide-out menu appears when you tap the menu icon in the top-left, giving you quick access to search, playlists, your collection, and the app's options.

A contextual menu is available in the top-right corner, and you can long-press a song or artist to add a song to a playlist, start radio, or find out more about an artist by reading their biography.

The Now Playing screen lets you see which songs are coming next and there's a shuffle function that allows you to mix this list up. Xbox Music can play songs in the background while you use your iOS device, so there's no need to keep the application open, which is handy.

The verdict

Xbox Music is an easy-to-use music app that puts a huge world of music at your fingertips. However, it doesn't quite have enough bells and whistles to put it in the same bracket as Spotify right now.

An Xbox Music Pass is required to use this app Xbox Music brings you all the music you love, every way you want it. Now you can access your Xbox Music Pass on your iPhone, Xbox, Windows 8 PC or tablet, and the web. Xbox Music Pass on iPhone features: •Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs •Add songs, albums, and playlists to your Xbox Music collection and access them from other devices •Create playlists that sync across your phone, Xbox 360, PC, tablet, and the web •Listen to music while using your iPhone •Listen to artist-based radio stations •Enjoy a rich visual experience for searching, viewing , and playing back music An Xbox Music Pass is required to use this app