As expected on Wednesday, Microsoft released standalone products for its Windows Phone 8 operating system that features Xbox Music and Xbox Video. The decision to separate the music and video apps on Windows Phone 8 will give users easier access to their music and videos.
The Xbox Music app, which technically is still considered a preview, is available for download right away and will give users all their music. The Xbox Video gives users streaming abilities and other features that they have been missing since Windows Phone 7.
Xbox Music App
The new and improved Xbox Music app features artist details with pictures, bios, album lists, and other related artists. In addition, users can manage their personal music collections across their devices, and explore top songs and featured artists. Friends recommendations of albums are also available to see on the app.
Other features of the new Xbox Music App for Windows Phone 8 include the ability to download songs for offline playback, the ability to create playlists that sync across devices, having radio instantly create playlists of their favorite devices, and lastly ad free music of the Xbox Music catalog. It gives the full features of Xbox Music.
Xbox Video App
The Xbox Video App brings together the best of videos and movies on the Windows Phone 8 platform. It has a number of exciting features that those who use Xbox Video will find exciting and useful for their videos and movie collections. It works across Windows Phone 8, tablet, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 platforms as well.
Users can get the latest TV shows the day after airing, see ratings and reviews, rent and buy the latest films, resume watching where they left off, stream or download films and TV, and watch trailers of upcoming films. The app is available starting today, and will give the best of Xbox Video for those who want to fully enjoy video and Xbox Video on their Windows Phone devices. It should be an instant hit, and the reviews already on the Windows Phone store are five-star reviews if that helps.
I use Xbox Music and Xbox Video daily, but am glad to have them on separate apps. Windows Phone 8 needed this, and is perfect before the holidays roll around.