Microsoft has been busy today showing off their new software at their BUILD event, and one of those things was an updated Xbox Music app that goes head to head with the likes of Pandora, Rdio, and the rest.
Today Microsoft has shown off a few redesigned applications for Windows and one of those was the Xbox Music app. With this update comes the significant addition of streaming functionality which seems to be all the rage these days between other companies like Google and Apple. What’s new here is you’re not only able to build your own radio stations from your own music collection, but also build playlists from external sources such as websites.
What this means is that in addition to being able to build playlists using your own collection of music and finding similar songs in the Xbox Music library, you can also use information from websites to pull down a playlist using information from there.
The example they used on stage was going to a website for a concert and using the page where they listed all the bands that will play there they were able to create a playlist featuring a lot of the music shown on the website. That was probably the most interesting part of the demo as the rest is nearly what you’d expect from a music app when sizing it up with the large variety of competition.
The feature isn’t available in the preview of 8.1 just yet, but hopefully will be sometime soon.