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Windows Team Runs Down GDR2 Update – Details Xbox Music Changes

August 21, 2013 No Comments

Microsoft has finally detailed the GDR2 update for Windows Phone 8. The Windows Phone team detailed things like Data Sense, FM Radio, Google support and more. Most importantly however, they also detailed the changes made to Xbox Music which until now wasn’t very clear as to what had changed.

Windows Phone Team:
A big chunk of the work in the latest update was devoted to making music better on your phone.

For starters, we made several improvements in how Windows Phone works with your Xbox Music cloud collection.

  • We fixed a bug that caused duplicate songs to appear on phones when users copied over a song from their PC that also exists in their cloud collection. (To remove existing dupes on your phone, you’ll need to update your PC companion app, then delete and resync your music. Learn more.)
  • We now sync cloud collection to the Music+Videos Hub more frequently, so tweaks you make on the PC are reflected more quickly on the phone.
  • We made it easier to select multiple—or all songs—from cloud-based playlists and download them to your phone
  • We’ve also taken steps so artists, songs, or albums metadata doesn’t inadvertently get overwritten. Now we look up and add metadata to your music only if a synced track is missing key info
  • There’s more. We addressed issues that were preventing some former Zune Pass and current Xbox Music subscribers from playing copy-protected—aka DRM’d—tracks on their phones.
  • For those of you that build your playlists using the Music app in Windows 8, it’s now possible to transfer those playlists to your Windows Phone. You’ll need the latest updates for both the Music and Windows Phone app on your Windows 8 PC.
  • Finally, streamed music is less likely to skip or pause once the update is installed because the phone starts fetching the next track before the current one you’re listening to fades out.

You can read more about the GDR2 update here

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