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I love music. Without realizing it I’ve become a collector of music. I think we all have. Some I first heard when I was young and it’s tied forever to a great memory. Some of it was introduced to me by friends who are talented at finding what everyone else misses. Some of it I discovered over the radio or through one of the myriad online services that now have the power to bring new music into our lives. Some of it I would never admit to listening to in fashionable company (80’s, that’s all I’m giving away) but couldn’t do without. Some of it drives me through workouts at the gym or pushes me on the mountain during snowboarding sessions. However it came to me and however I use it, it’s now part of my soundtrack. I like what I like, and like most people, I’ve built a digital collection that lets me access all of this with a few touches. It’s fantastic.
Surface customers can instantly enjoy their music using Xbox Music through the Music App that comes installed on every Surface - it’s also on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone, iOS and Android, and online at music.xbox.com so you’ll always have access to your collection. Xbox Music is a brilliant service that allows you to search and listen to individual tracks, discover new music, listen to streaming radio stations, and organize your music (both tracks you own and tracks you stream from the cloud) into playlists for any mood or purpose. You can download individual tracks from the store or stream unlimited music with a Music Pass. I have a Surface in my kitchen connected to a great speaker. Everyone in the house uses it, and having music at our fingertips makes life better.
We’re often asked how a new Surface customer can use their iTunes music and playlist on their Surface. It’s a great question, as you don’t want to start collecting and organizing from scratch when you buy a new device. Xbox Music makes importing both your music tracks and playlists a simple process – all you’ll really need is a USB storage drive to move them over with. We’ve shot the video below to show how it’s done.
Transferring iTunes music to your Surface
Enjoy your soundtrack on your Surface, and keep finding great music.
Senior Manager – Microsoft Surface
I sycn'd all my music from my win 8 laptop to the cloud and it appears on my surface to play but it doesn't appear on Windows Phone, only the songs I purchased do.
Also, MY music that is now available to stream to my Surface comes off the 10 hour monthly allowance. This is not quite the my music available on any of my devices that I was expecting.
I have itunes match also which despite it's faults at least gives me all MY music on all my devices.
How is this thing meant to work? I don't mind paying to get the music I already own available across all my MS devices, but I don't want to have to buy them all again to do it
Xbox Music needs to drastically improve their Bollywood Music Collection/Selection - It is pretty poor compared to iTunes. Combining Nokia Music should help, but it needs more to appease Bollywood Music listeners.
The Music Match service is pretty poor when trying to match albums and songs. The meta data is all over the place and I have too much music that I would be missing out. At least offer a feature that will allow us to upload our 'unmatched' music, which is a significant chunk of the albums.
Please do something, I'd love to help with the Bollywood Music Data.
I loved the zune services , and the Xbox Music service is ok (I guess).
But if you are serious in enticing iTunes users, you have to have a better app.
Frankly the surface music app is a piece of ****.
No self respecting music lover would ever in there right mind want to use it.
It's counter intuitive, ugly, and makes a mess of you collection.
It cannot rip your own CD's, won't sync to your phone, the list is endless.
If friends ask me about it, I advice them to stay away, and keep using iTunes.
Sorry, but I just cannot lie to my friends.
In short, I absolutely love my surface, but I hate the music app.
Will Xbox Music support ALAC files anytime soon? (especially since ALAC is now an open source lossless format) I have 160GB+ in ALAC files.
I think you’ll be very pleased with the fidelity of the tracks available through the Xbox music service. We don’t have anything to share regarding the future of Xbox Music.
Lossless v. Loss is a binary comparison, especially if, as the OP does, have the output going to a nice speaker.
I'd recommend dBpoweramp for converting files to .wma lossless. Install the free version, then in File Explorer, go to the root folder of your iTunes music and search for *.alac. Select all of the results, then right-click and in the dBpoweramp context menu choose Convert. Set the destination folder as the original folder and choose .wma lossless.
Load Xbox Music and let it find all of the new tracks.
If you then import your iTunes playlists, it *should* recognize the tracks in your library as being the same as in the playlists without having to just point to cloud-based Xbox Music tracks. I haven't tried this, and Xbox Music is finicky in terms of importing a song, matching it to the same title with different punctuation, then pointing that to a different cloud song, not only giving you loss, but also ads. (Xbox Music team: you must fix this. See more ways to improve Xbox Music here: ericwpepin.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/how-to-zune-better-10-steps).
What about moving over my podcasts? I bought my Surface over the weekend but I can't find a good way to watch my podcasts. I have all of my podcasts on Zune on my laptop. Any help would be appreciated!
If you've downloaded podcasts, you can move them over to your Surface with a USB storage drive.
Xbox Music is the app that made me switch to iTunes. It is really bad, and we all know it.
The only reason I keep trying to use it is my Surface. After the mess that was initial library sync, I had to (manually) clear my online library and try to start over.