Microsoft Brings Music to the Windows 10 Store

Posted on June 5, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 0 Comments

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Nothing earth-shattering here, but Microsoft has taken another step towards a complete Windows Store experience in Windows 10: you can now browse and purchase music from Windows Store, in addition to previously lit-up content types like apps, games, TV shows and movies. On a related note, the Store, Music and Video apps will soon shed their pre-release tags as Windows 10 barrels towards completion.

App and game browsing and purchasing has been available for a while now, and Microsoft turned on the Movies & TV page back in April. With this week’s new addition, Music, the new Store app—currently called Store Preview—is just about complete.

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If you’re familiar with the music browsing experience in previous versions of the Music app in Windows 8.x, there aren’t many surprises here, and we’re still treated to a much less content-filled experience than in other music stores like iTunes.

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Xbox Music Pass will continue to add music to their collections with Music app; you can’t do so from the Store app, apparently. There is a suggestion that this could change, however. I would think so.

And speaking of incomplete, you can currently on purchase music in the US, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

Finally, Microsoft notes that the Music and Video apps are losing their Preview labels and will simply be moved forward with the new designs. Presumably, Store will lose its Beta tag soon as well.