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 etc2-Menu for Recent plays, Albums, Artists.this makes it a fluid experience to use3-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 features5-When browsing through your tracks, a panel displaying the currently played track shows in your accent color - looks really nice6-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!!!EDIT 21.6.20151- 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; at 05:07 AM. 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.
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 oldHave 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 bowoods; at 07:54 PM. 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 pointlessBecause 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; at 09:56 PM. 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 then1. You have what appears to be some short patience2. You probably shouldn't be using a phone that really isn't at all made for one handed use.
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. 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?
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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. 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.
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I am totally floored. We Windows Phone users have been looking for a better way to sync our music to our phone since Zune was shut down. For me, Windows Media Player was, begrudgingly, what I ended up using. I've really been looking forward to Windows10 and was under the impression Microsoft was about to unveil a great new app for interaction between my phone and my pc.
But what did we get? The Windows Phone Companion.Which does NOTHING!I cannot understand this. I know that Microsoft has been pushing sales of the Groove Music Pass and that's fine. But I have tons of songs I have already purchased that I would like to listen to, off-line, on my phone. Not only has Microsoft offerednothing new, but it looks like they've taken Media Player away from us!MICROSOFT - How do I put playlists on my phone? How do I search for music that I've recently downloaded (sort by date)? How do I organize my library the wayI want to organize it?I am extremely disappointed and let down by Microsoft.PLEASE respond to this.
Tell me I'm missing something. I've been holding on to Microsoft by a thread hoping the Windows 10 would alleviate the problems I've been having.I am seriously considering downgrading back to Windows 8; using ITunes; and purchasing an IPhone. So So SOOOO disappointed. We are working on those features.we are not feature complete for RTM.For now, you can add music to your collection using your Groove Music Pass on the web, in the Groove app on Windows 10 desktop, and in the Xbox Music app on other platforms.I do not want a Groove Music pass. I want to play my own music - that I already paid for. And you are not telling me how to add music to my phone. Did you really take away Windows Media Player?
I know I can add music thru Windows Explorer - which isa terrible way to do it. But how do I add playlists? Is this all a way to force people to purchase a Groove Music Pass?If so, terrible idea; you'll lose a lot of Microsoft Phone customers. Definitely including me.
I am really getting fed up with the lack of action regarding music and Windows Phones. Steve Rogalinski. I have asked a similar question-twice now-and received no answer from Microsoft. If you had the music pass, you used to be able to match your local (owned) collection to their music library and stream from online using that.
Regarding this past functionalityand what you are asking (owned tracks)-it appears they want you to upload all your music (or at least those songs you want portable) to OneDrive and either stream or download from there. This is another hoop to go through, but it does offer additional functionalityfor non-music pass users-you can stream or download your own stuff from anywhere anytime. If you forgot to 'sync' something you can do it using WiFi, cellular data or whatever from anywhere.The downside, in my experience so far, is that uploading to OneDrive is stupendously slow (I have nearly 3Mb/sec upload speed).
It takes hours and hours and hours to get even a modest collection uploaded. I am yet another customer (the people who pay Microsoft wages) who is very dissapointed.
Sep 01, 2014 Also when I've muted my microphone with the controller on the headset cord, my friends can still hear my music and not my voice. I also tried turning my headset sound right down to 0 via the headset controller and when playing music, the microphone shows transmitting on the control panel - sounds - recording. At max volume. Jun 13, 2019 Headset will not play sound out of right ear when microphone plugged in: Audio: 1: Sep 3, 2015: Z: System audio playing through microphone: Audio: 2: Apr 13, 2015: C: Headset microphone not working, even with adapter. Audio: 6: Apr 6, 2015 so far no fixes from here work pc sound plays through microphone: Audio: 19: Sep 14, 2014: E: how to. Mar 10, 2019 Microphone is picking up output audio that my headset is receiving. My motherboard which caused the distortion and the sound playing back through my mic. Best sound ever in the headset. Headset playing sound through mic.
I have spent hours trying to get my sons windows phone to sync with his iTunes library using phone companion on a brand new windows 10 pc. It worked well on Windows7 using the old phone app. The windows 10 version is plain rubbish.Microsoft you should be ashamed of yourself. If it is meant to work please expalin how? If you know it doesn't work yet please just be honest and say so. If you're intent is to make it so hard to sync iTunes with a windows phone that peole will change toa Microsoft only solution than think again. Like a lot of people we have invested time in iTunes, ipods etc and WILL NOT be chaniging.
If you want people to change to Windows products then make them work and gain our trust.By the way, this has been written on an Android tablet.that will be my next challenge. I have at best been slating Microsoft for the past few years because they could never get the Window Phone 8.1 and previously 8.0 with any form of music app (Xbox Music included) to synchronise properly to a Windows PC with a playlist ability, until now.Here me out and don't shoot me down but this is my experience.I decided that with the Windows 10 release in July I upgrade my laptop, I thought lets give it another go. I loaded the Groove application on my Windows 10 laptop and just checked out what it would allow me to do.1) Firstly it said put all my music into the OneDrive Music directory, so I removed all stored music on my Windows Phone 8.1 and then proceeded to put all my music into the OneDrive Music directory.2) Secondly I created a sample play list of about 4 albums. Never got playlist to work.3) Thirdly made sure the latest Xbox Music app on my phone was loaded.Well I never, when I looked at my Windows Phone all the music was there in the Xbox Music app and the playlist too. I thought still too good to be true, so instantly played the playlist and it worked, I nearly fell over. A simple task that actually workedfor once. Had exactly the same issues.
Was driving me mad that under Win7 I could at least sync my music lists on my Windows phone. After a lot cussing and looking at these posts I think I stumbled over a workaround. Windows media player still on my pc but to beginmy playlists were not (except if I looked in Groove). Using windows explorer I located the playlists I wanted, right mouse button clicked and chose open with Window media player. My playlist began to play and from then it was just a case of changing to viewlibrary and my playlist was listed within media player.
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Connected my phone and dragged the list to the sync pane as per before.It's all working now but I have to agree with people's comments, this is a screw up from Microsoft. Windows 10 was supposed to make things easier so I never once thought I'd have such problems. I'm a pretty competent user but for some people I can see thisbeing very confusing and frustrating. Come on Microsoft, this is supposed to be easy but you've taken away a fairly decent app and given us some half baked app that's clearly not thought out from a user perspective. Had exactly the same issues.
Was driving me mad that under Win7 I could at least sync my music lists on my Windows phone. After a lot cussing and looking at these posts I think I stumbled over a workaround. Windows media player still on my pc but to beginmy playlists were not (except if I looked in Groove). Using windows explorer I located the playlists I wanted, right mouse button clicked and chose open with Window media player. My playlist began to play and from then it was just a case of changing to viewlibrary and my playlist was listed within media player. Connected my phone and dragged the list to the sync pane as per before.It's all working now but I have to agree with people's comments, this is a screw up from Microsoft. Windows 10 was supposed to make things easier so I never once thought I'd have such problems.
I'm a pretty competent user but for some people I can see thisbeing very confusing and frustrating. Come on Microsoft, this is supposed to be easy but you've taken away a fairly decent app and given us some half baked app that's clearly not thought out from a user perspective.This all seems to be designed to get users to by a Groove music pass. I get that Microsoft wants to sell this service, but they are totally alienating users who have their own music library. Microsoft gets plenty of money from me for other things and I thinkit sucks that they can't provide us with a decent music program that works well with Windows phone.
If things don't straighten out, mine will be traded in for an IPhone pretty soon.Steve Rogalinski.