Xbox Music for Windows 8.1
Ever since Windows 8 arrived and brought about some important changes in many respects for Microsoft's proprietary operating system, all eyes were on the newly born apps and their Store, especially since a handful of those applications came with the OS.
Windows evolved to 8.1 and many of the utilities did the same, particularly those developed by the Redmond-based corporation. Among them, one of the more popular apps, Xbox Music, is trying to deliver its users all the content they need when it comes to songs, albums and performing artists.
The interactive app aims to serve as both a music player and a content manager, combining both in an attractive interface. Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 can collect automatically all the tracks stored in the default Music folders and it allows you to specify custom locations as well.
Listening to radios is a bit different than what some would expect in the sense that this application doesn't connect to a streaming station, instead it asks you to enter an artist name and from there on, Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 will keep playing similar content.
The software comes with support for playlists, including those generated in iTunes, so if you want to add your music this way, simply use the 'Import playlists' function. Just as well you can save the currently playing tunes into a new list and have it displayed in the left pane for quick access.
If you want to stay up to date with the latest releases of the most popular artists and even buy your favorite songs and albums, the 'Explore' feature of Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 is there to help.
On the whole, this application can be really useful, but the rather limited set of features it carries makes it more suitable for basic tasks.