Android App Pick - Xbox Music

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Application: Xbox Music

“Hold up! Wait a minute! Put a little Android in it! Doctor, Doctor I’ve got an emergency it seems I’m head over heals, a case of M-U-S-I-C!” As made famous lyrics said from Family Force 5 which you can find on a new app for Microsoft music. Xbox Music has been out on the Xbox since October of 2012, and before that was the Zune hardware and software - for a short time. The Zune is a great piece of and software that I do love using for my music, but Microsoft basically killed it.  It fell out of the spotlight a few years ago as Microsoft gave up the fight before they really started. Microsoft has now moved their music under the Xbox brand and more recently they have launched “Xbox Music” on both Android and iOS platforms. Since Windows Phone 7 it’s been available to Microsoft phone users, and now you can get it on other mobile platforms. You have to have a Microsoft account through Xbox or if you were a Zune user that would work too and even if you’re an Outlook (hotmail) user, you’re already halfway there. Check here if you have more questions regarding Xbox Music.

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Skillet Bio

Skillet Bio

Once you have an account set up, download the app and sign in. It pulls your music from your account. I noticed it didn’t pull every track from my Zune (Xbox Music) account. For example the App pulled three CDs by Skillet when I know I have more on my Zune device. When you search and choose the artist, all of their albums show up in the list.

The app lets you listen and stream your music on your Android or Apple device as it is multiplatform. It shouldn’t interfere with your Zune account as it doesn’t count as a “device” on your Xbox Music pass.  Be aware that any streaming service can be a battery and data hog as it requires a lot of bandwidth.  It’s a good idea to make sure you have a good data plan or use WiFi if using Xbox Music for extended periods. It’s a great App and is extremely useful when you forget your Zune or iPod and you want some great music - commercial free. It works great through the speakers on your phone - or you can connect to headphones or a set of speakers to make it that much more awesome.

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Playing Skillet

Playing TFK

Playing TFK

Crank up the bass with Xbox Music app!!

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