Microsoft finally explains Xbox Music improvements in WP8 GDR2

Microsoft has been teasing us with unspecified Xbox Music improvements in Windows Phone 8 GDR2, but has now finally in a more detailed blog post revealed exactly what’s new.

Microsoft writes:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • After installing the update, you’ll notice fewer instances of the wrong album art showing up and albums accidentally getting split into two on 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.
  • 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.
  • It is now possible to transfer Xbox Music playlists to your Windows Phone. You’ll need the latest updates for both the Music and Windows Phone app on your Windows 8 PC. Then you just select a playlist, and choose Windows Phone from the Share charm to put it on your phone. (This feature needs a Windows 8 device, not RT).
  • 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.

To benefit from much of the changes users need to delete and resync their music.

Microsoft also explained a few more GDR2 improvements in slightly more detail.  Read more at Microsoft here.

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