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  1. MarkXsama's Avatar
    One of the best improvements that came with, I believe, build 10080, and is present in build 10136, is the Music app. I have used androids, iOS7/8, WP8.1 and now W10 build 10136, and never have I been satisfied with any of the stock, nor store music apps. They were a lot, and you probably can imagine all the varieties of players offered. They were unattractive, very simple, very complicated, or very useless and unpleasant to use, so to some extent, the joy of actually listening to tracks disappeared the moment you started the app.

    However, the Windows 10 (Mobile) development team have outdone themselves with a beautiful, eye-catching, polished, easy-to-use, fast, and very useful Music app, that I crown the 2015 smartphone music player app of the year!!! Some of the features that make it brilliant are :

    1-Dual mode background (black/white-grey) - dependent on the color profile of the phone; just as Store BETA etc
    2-Menu for Recent plays, Albums, Artists...this makes it a fluid experience to use
    3-You WILL BE ABLE to sign in with your e.g. GMAIL account - to this time, it doesn't do anything (build 10136)
    4-Settings in the menu of the app shows only Downloads, but this might change and give more customizable features
    5-When browsing through your tracks, a panel displaying the currently played track shows in your accent color - looks really nice
    6-While playing tracks, you can slide up, or press an arrow, to see the rest of the songs while the currently played is shown atop in a good sized window 3/5 of screen. Also, the tracks names, artists and album names are written in cascaded white, grey, white...panels/lines with the currently played track being highlighted in accent color e.g. blue on white or blue on grey.
    7-Clicking on the currently played tracks name will open a full description of the track with options to play all, add to, more...

    Obviously it is very fluid, the menu helps a lot and just all the tiny details that make it more and at the same not not too much. It is a joy to use it.
    What makes it better than any other app is that selecting a track by artist, album or playlist is easier, doesn't hide currently played tracks. And definitely no commercial adds!!!
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    EDIT 21.6.2015
    1- Also, another good thing is when you press an alphabet letter in albums/artists/songs, you can chose from the whole set of initial letters, so you can search music really fast.
    2-The bad sides to this app are that you can not preview any artist or album. You can only play it or add it to now playing/new playlist. This way you do not know which songs you will play/add and even if you know, you are unable to specifically select - e.g. you have album of 10songs, but you want to play just 2 of them - not possible.
    Last edited by MarkXsama; 06-21-2015 at 05:07 AM.
    06-20-2015 05:35 PM
  2. Ma Rio's Avatar
    Yah, it really looks prime. However the two things that I really want are:
    -Correctly identify the Artist Name, track name and all other song metadata
    -Correctly identify and display the album art

    Even after countless updates, Xbox Music still doesn't do this right.
    twrist and MMissionary like this.
    06-20-2015 06:19 PM
  3. systematicchaos's Avatar
    I totally agree with you. I love the new music app. There are people whining about the hamburger menus but it goes perfect with this music app. Making it much easier to browse. The best thing is that in the upcoming updates, users will be able to listen to the tracks saved on OneDrive as well.
    They just need to add gapless playback and shortcut to the EQ/audio settings in this app. And you should try out Spotify. UI of Spotify is also neat and beautiful.
    06-20-2015 06:29 PM
  4. Celldweller97's Avatar
    Does it finally get artist pictures?
    Gautam Kabiraj likes this.
    06-20-2015 06:47 PM
  5. angelblast1997's Avatar
    Agree! Though I would like to see gapless playback.
    06-20-2015 06:49 PM
  6. Asskickulater's Avatar
    I totally agree with you. I love the new music app. There are people whining about the hamburger menus but it goes perfect with this music app. Making it much easier to browse. The best thing is that in the upcoming updates, users will be able to listen to the tracks saved on OneDrive as well.
    They just need to add gapless playback and shortcut to the EQ/audio settings in this app. And you should try out Spotify. UI of Spotify is also neat and beautiful.
    actually, you could listen to tracks saved on onedrive since the music beta app first released, I've been doing it with my backup 925 which I abuse very much :P
    Penguin apple likes this.
    06-20-2015 06:49 PM
  7. UptownWebhead's Avatar
    Seriously. The new Music is so much better than the Xbox Music app imho. To me the new Music app feels and behaves like what a modern Zune Music app would be if Microsoft never retired it.

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    g-knome and WesleyBPeres like this.
    06-20-2015 07:19 PM
  8. bo_woods's Avatar
    Could you guys post screenshots?

    Not lucky enough to have a backup device to run the TP right now...

    Just my 928 that is btw listed in the marketplace ( you should check it out ;) )
    crossovertmz likes this.
    06-20-2015 07:32 PM
  9. Abrar ahamed's Avatar
    Horrible for phones above 5 inch display the forward/rewind and pause button should be at the bottom as in windows phone 8.1. I'm ok with the hamburger menu but I don't understand why the OS is going from one hand to double hand use. just pointless
    06-20-2015 07:38 PM
  10. bo_woods's Avatar
    MS research says people using phones one handed isn't that common.

    Also all the whining of things being spread out through the phone display is getting old... What's the point of a display being large if every inch isn't going to be interactive? If only the bottom half is going to have buttons and interaction while the top is just for show...

    Secondly MS has implemented a feature now where if you hold down the windows button the app lowers down so you can interact with the top....

    All these empty complaints are getting old

    Have we really come to the point in time, where using two fingers instead of one to touch a screen is hard to do?
    Last edited by bo_woods; 06-20-2015 at 07:54 PM.
    Dadstar0410 and CheDragan like this.
    06-20-2015 07:43 PM
  11. Abrar ahamed's Avatar
    I know about the rechability thing but it takes same time for my other hand to reach the phone screen
    06-20-2015 07:52 PM
  12. Abrar ahamed's Avatar
    And some people don't have the patience to hold the start button and wait for the screen to come down just to change a song..
    06-20-2015 07:58 PM
  13. SpaceyO's Avatar
    They just need to add gapless playback.
    STILL?! Come on...it can't be that hard, and it's gotta be one of the most requested "features"...
    WesleyBPeres and hotphil like this.
    06-20-2015 08:10 PM
  14. chmun77's Avatar
    Ya.... Amazing.... But still can't play music by folders??! What a joke!
    WesleyBPeres likes this.
    06-20-2015 08:58 PM
  15. Asskickulater's Avatar
    Horrible for phones above 5 inch display the forward/rewind and pause button should be at the bottom as in windows phone 8.1. I'm ok with the hamburger menu but I don't understand why the OS is going from one hand to double hand use. just pointless
    Because quite honestly, if you buy a 6" phone, chances are you don't care in the slightest about one handed use. I have a 1520, and you know what? I always use 2 hands anyway! I welcome a 2 handed use UI, why? Because you shouldn't be trying to handle a phone that big with one hand in general, doing so is why there are so many posts about 1520's being broken and "cheaply made" here after dropping them a few times.
    Last edited by Asskickulater; 06-20-2015 at 09:56 PM.
    06-20-2015 09:26 PM
  16. bo_woods's Avatar
    Because quite honestly, if you buy a 6" phone, chances are you don't care in the slightest about one handed use. I have a 1520, and you know what? I welcome 2 handed use, why? Because you shouldn't be trying to handle a phone that big with one hand in general, doing so is why there are so many posts about 1520's being broken and "cheaply made" after dropping them a few times.
    OMG so true!!

    And if you don't have the patience to wait 2 seconds for the top of the display to lower for you then
    1. You have what appears to be some short patience
    2. You probably shouldn't be using a phone that really isn't at all made for one handed use
    06-20-2015 09:37 PM
  17. rhapdog's Avatar
    I love the Music app in 10136 as well. That's the one thing that made it the most painful to revert back to 8.1 GDR2. That, and the microphone for every text box.
    Deaconclgi and CheDragan like this.
    06-20-2015 09:52 PM
  18. Karthik Sampath's Avatar
    Could any one post the video link.
    06-20-2015 10:22 PM
  19. bo_woods's Avatar
    Could some of you guys post screenshots please?
    06-20-2015 10:29 PM
  20. UptownWebhead's Avatar
    Could some of you guys post screenshots please?
    Dude, there are screenshots in the first post.

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    06-20-2015 11:34 PM
  21. TheBadGuy_88's Avatar
    My music pass didn't seem to be registering in the new music app though
    06-21-2015 03:26 AM
  22. msirapian's Avatar
    Agreed with the OP. I'm now waiting for gapless playing and "play next" (add to queue) feature, it will be perfect.
    06-21-2015 03:34 AM
  23. MarkXsama's Avatar
    Is it a property of an app to display the real characteristics of a track or is it impossible if such information are not implied in the track in the first place? If such info are not present in the track, then no app could display them, cause they literally do not exist. I really am curious know. If you are certain, elaborate. Thank you
    06-21-2015 04:59 AM
  24. Motor_Mouth's Avatar
    There are people whining about the hamburger menus but it goes perfect with this music app. Making it much easier to browse.
    How? How is it "easier to browse" when you have to open a menu, which covers 80% of the screen or more, to change your selection from artist to album (or whatever) when the current app let's you effortlessly swipe from one to the next and back again at will? I think this is a perfect example of the inferiority of menus over pivots.

    Does it finally get artist pictures?
    Sort of. At the moment it has them for about a quarter of the stuff on my phone but some of them are the same lame tiled thing you get in Win8. It does much better with album art, though, showing around 80-90%.


    Seriously. The new Music is so much better than the Xbox Music app imho. To me the new Music app feels and behaves like what a modern Zune Music app would be if Microsoft never retired it.
    It is slightly better in some ways but still lacks many of XBM's best features, like band bios and album reviews. And the hamburger menu is so much less fluid than swiping in XBM. As with many things Microsoft does, it feels like one step forward, two steps back.

    Horrible for phones above 5 inch display the forward/rewind and pause button should be at the bottom as in windows phone 8.1.
    The controls are at the bottom of the screen - see the last two screenshots - unless you push them up higher. Even then, they should be within easy reach on any size screen. That said, if you want to be able to use your phone one-handed, why did you buy a big phone? You can't blame Microsoft for your poor choices, I think it is quite reasonable to assume that people who buy big phones are happy to use two hands.


    MS research says people using phones one handed isn't that common.
    These are the same people who noticed everyone had stopped using the Start Menu in Windows 7 and gave us the Windows 8 Start Screen.
    Also all the whining of things being spread out through the phone display is getting old... What's the point of a display being large if every inch isn't going to be interactive? If only the bottom half is going to have buttons and interaction while the top is just for show...
    Is this a serious question? Because I can think of a thousand reasons. The most obvious is that it's a screen and it's primary purpose is to display things. Interactive elements should make up only a small portion of it most of the time.
    Have we really come to the point in time, where using two fingers instead of one to touch a screen is hard to do?
    When I have bags of groceries in one hand or any of a dozen other times I only have one hand to use the phone with.

    Ya.... Amazing.... But still can't play music by folders??! What a joke!
    Why would anyone want to do that? It sounds like the dumbest feature imaginable.
    06-21-2015 05:29 AM
  25. Motor_Mouth's Avatar
    There are some things I like about the new music app but plenty that I don't. The hamburger menu is an ugly and very clunky way to do a UI compared to the panoramic UI of XBM. I don't like the new style jump list and the app is missing band bios, similar artists and album reviews. The similar artists thing in XBM has put me onto several really good bands I didn't know about before, it's not something I will give up willingly.

    It's not all bad, though, the new Now Playing screen is excellent and it is way better at finding album artwork. Still, overall it isn't as good as Zune was on WP7 so it's a little disappointing. Hopefully it will get some of the missing features. I also think that both N7 Player and Audiotica are better players.
    06-21-2015 05:45 AM
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