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    noreason
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    Lightbulb Alternatives for Xbox Music? Which player app do you use?

    Somehow I do not like the Xbox Music App. It is quite slow sometimes, and I have to click around a lot to navigate my huge music collection. Might work well with smaller archives. For my tablet I need a touch friendly player, so only Store Apps are an option.

    First I tried the "VLC" Beta. But while it can play music, I did not find it very convenient. It is clearly focused on movie playback.

    Right now I am using "Music Mode". It works quite well for me. Playlist building etc is quite easy and the UI is nice. The screenshots look kind of boring but they do not do the app justice - it has some very nice animations that make using it quite fun. The good thing is that it displays artists/tags, albums, selected album and optionally the current playlist on one page. So I do not constantly have to switch back and forward between pages, like in Xbox Music. I might even use it on my desktop to replace Winamp (switching between Winamp and Windows Explorer is also quite annoying). Ah, FLAC is also supported, which is a nice addition.

    I cannot post links, just google "music mode windows app".

    Do you have any other recommendations? I could not find many music players in the store. Most of them are either crappy or they only play cloud music. I want to play my own collection instead.

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    badrobot
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    Default Re: Alternatives for Xbox Music? Which player app do you use?

    I only use Media Player Classic on all my PCs and tablets. Just a straightforward player that handles everything.


    Home – MPC-HC

    I don't know though if there's an app for it. I never use the modern interface on Win 8 but you can pin anything on start screen.



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    noreason
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    Default Re: Alternatives for Xbox Music? Which player app do you use?

    I know MPC-HC, I use it as a video player myself. But first there is no Metro/App version of it, so it is not really usable on a tablet.

    And second I think it is generally not well suited for audio playback. It requires to constantly have Windows Explorer open and Drag+Drop files between the two programs to build your playlist. This is a very bad use experience, just like the old Winamp or VLC. Constantly switching between two different windows... Additionally, Windows Explorer is quite a bad program to navigate a music archive. It is just not made for that at all.

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    badrobot
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    Default Re: Alternatives for Xbox Music? Which player app do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by noreason View Post
    I know MPC-HC, I use it as a video player myself. But first there is no Metro/App version of it, so it is not really usable on a tablet.

    And second I think it is generally not well suited for audio playback. It requires to constantly have Windows Explorer open and Drag+Drop files between the two programs to build your playlist. This is a very bad use experience, just like the old Winamp or VLC. Constantly switching between two different windows... Additionally, Windows Explorer is quite a bad program to navigate a music archive. It is just not made for that at all.
    I don't use playlist. I have my music files grouped per folder based on what I want to listen to on a particular time. Why do you need a metro app if it works on desktop? Just pin it on start screen. It is Windows 8.1 supported and works on touch. That is my default media player on my ASUS T-100 Win 8.1 tablet.

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    noreason
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    Default Re: Alternatives for Xbox Music? Which player app do you use?

    For me both Windows Explorer and MPC-HC have way too small UI elements. Except when using the Stylus, it is no fun for me to use desktop programs. And of cause I do not want to use the pen when I just want to change tracks. Windows Scaling is also not an option because it breaks other applications.

    A few years ago, I also used Windows Exporer + Winamp for my music, but today there are really better tools for music than that. If Windows Explorer is ok for you then that is fine of cause. But for me I want something that is more tailored to music browsing and selection than a raw file browser which does not sort files correcly, does not display covers very well, displays files that I do not want to see when browsing music (text files, links, image files, playlists, whatever crap is in the album folder), does not allow to link and sort albums freely (by tag, by artist, by year, country, etc)...

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    badrobot
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    Default Re: Alternatives for Xbox Music? Which player app do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by noreason View Post
    For me both Windows Explorer and MPC-HC have way too small UI elements. Except when using the Stylus, it is no fun for me to use desktop programs. And of cause I do not want to use the pen when I just want to change tracks. Windows Scaling is also not an option because it breaks other applications.

    A few years ago, I also used Windows Exporer + Winamp for my music, but today there are really better tools for music than that. If Windows Explorer is ok for you then that is fine of cause. But for me I want something that is more tailored to music browsing and selection than a raw file browser which does not sort files correcly, does not display covers very well, displays files that I do not want to see when browsing music (text files, links, image files, playlists, whatever crap is in the album folder), does not allow to link and sort albums freely (by tag, by artist, by year, country, etc)...
    Yes it's probably just me. I don't go after those tags and cover photos. I only look at song titles. Since MP3 tags were created, I never bother with them. I don't look at my PC to appreciate cover photos when listening. I just minimize the player and let the music play. Or I never use cover to find my song. I just sort my files alphabetically or search for the name. Organizing and editing MP3 tags so that it will appear on my player the way I want it to be (by album, artist, genre, etc.) is a complete waste of time for me. Plus nobody really appreciates it but the user. I just care about sound quality.
    I hope you will find what you are looking for.
    Last edited by badrobot; 08-14-2014 at 06:29 AM.

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