[sc:mobile-category ]I’ve been a proponent for splitting the apps out of the core OS on Windows Phone for a long time and I have to admit I was happy when I heard that the Music hub would become a standalone app.
I couldn’t have imagined how badly Microsoft would mess it up thought.
Xbox Music on Windows Phone is the replacement for the Music Hub (well, actually the Music Hub still exists but is hidden away) and gets just about everything wrong. It’s slow, buggy and each update only seems to make it worse.
With the latest ‘performance’ update it now takes minutes to load assuming it ever does. Once in to the app it goes to a completely useless screen.
For the longest time it didn’t really support pined playlists, though they finally added that a while ago.
A music app should be easy to make and it shouldn’t be a burden to its users.
I’ve actually completely replaced XBox Music with ModernMusic, a nice and simple local music player that actually works. It replicates the look and feel of the old music hub without the XBox music integration that really seems to be causing problems for Microsoft.