Windows 8 offers two ways to play music. The Music app lets you play, stream and buy music directly from the Start screen. Alternatively, using Windows Media Player on the Desktop, you can play all types of digital media files as well rip music from audio CDs, burn CDs of your favourite music, and sync digital media files to a smartphone or MP3 player.
For a quick way to listen to music on your Windows 8 computer, use the Music app. If you’re logged onto your computer using your Microsoft account, you can also sample and buy music from the Xbox music store through the Music app.
Step 1 Click the Music app on the Start screen. The app will open full screen.
Step 2 Click the My music heading to see a list of your albums. You can also view your music by Artists, Songs or Playlists.
Step 3 Click an album – or individual track – and then click Play to listen to it.
Step 4 The album will continue playing even if you switch to another app. Right click the screen to show the playback controls. Press Pause to stop playback; Next to skip to the next track; Previous to go back one track; Shuffle to play songs in a random order or Repeat to play the album continuously.
To listen to music while you use another app on your Windows 8 computer, resize the Music app and then use the playback controls in the smaller window. Alternatively, use the playback controls on your keyboard.
Create a playlist
The digital equivalent of a mixtape, a playlist is a compilation of songs that you assemble. This means you can listen to just the tracks you want – whether it’s your favourite songs from all your albums or songs for a party or special occasion. Here’s how to create a playlist.
Step 1 On the left, click New playlist, give it a name, and then click Save.
Step 2 Browse your music collection to find a track that you want to add to the playlist.
Step 3 Select the song, and click the Plus button, and then click the name of the playlist. Add as many tracks as you like to the playlist.
Step 4 Click the playlist from the left hand side of the window, and then click the Play button.
Step 5 To change the order of the songs in the playlist, select a song and, while holding down the mouse button, drag it to a new position. Alternatively, right-click the song, and then click Move up or Move down.
Step 6 To remove a song from your playlist, simply select it and then click the Minus button.
You can use the Music app to buy and download albums or individual songs through the Xbox Music Store.
Step 1 Return to the full screen Music app screen by clicking the screen and clicking the right pointing Back arrow.
Step 2 Scroll right and click either Xbox music store or most popular.
Step 3 Click an album or song that you’re interested and then select Preview to sample the music.
Step 4 If you decide to purchase, click Buy Album or Buy Song and follow the onscreen instructions.
You can also listen to millions of songs on the Xbox Music Store by streaming them across your internet connection. The service is called Xbox Music Pass, and it’s available in both free and paid versions. If you choose the free service, your music will be interspersed with ads, but for a monthly subscription you can enjoy your music uninterrupted.
Whichever version you opt for, streaming music via the Music app is easy. You can browse by genre or explore Featured, New Releases, and Top songs and albums. You can also click the Search icon to find exactly what you’re looking for. Once you’ve selected an album or track, click Play or Play Album to start streaming in real time.
Click the Video app on the Start screen to play your digital videos, movies and TV shows. As with the Music app, if you’re logged on with your Microsoft account, you can also buy or rent movies and TV programmes through this app.