Music + videos

Getting music, videos and podcasts

Whether you're in the mood for hot sounds or a chilled film, Windows Phone has you covered.

Xbox Music app on Windows Phone 8.1

Note

This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons might look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.

  • Xbox Music is your one-stop shop for all of your favourite tunes. Sign in with a Microsoft account to download or stream instantly – or try before you buy.

    Tip

    For the best music experience in Xbox Music, consider subscribing to an Xbox Music Pass. For a monthly fee, subscribers can download or stream an unlimited number of songs to their phone, Xbox One, Xbox 360, tablet or PC. The Xbox Music Pass also allows you to take full advantage of your cloud collection – a virtual CD rack that you can listen to on your phone without actually downloading or storing music. It also makes synchronising using a USB cable a thing of the past – and fewer wires is definitely a good thing! Learn more at Xbox.com.

    To stream or download music to your phone

    1. On Start Start button or in the App list, tap Music Music icon.

    2. Swipe over to Get music.

    3. Pan up or down to browse through the available categories, or tap Search Search icon and type a song title, album title or artist name.

    4. When you find the music you're looking for, tap it, then do one of the following:

      • To hear a song sample, simply tap a song.
      • To buy or download a song or album, tap Buy Buy icon, then tap Buy.
      • To download a song without buying it, tap Download Download icon. (Xbox Music Pass subscription required.)
      • To play a song or album without downloading it (to stream it), simply tap a song and it will begin playing automatically. (Xbox Music Pass subscription required to play entire songs.)
      • If you have an Xbox Music Pass and you'd like to buy a song, tap and hold the song, then tap Buy.

    To download songs from your cloud collection

    If you have an Xbox Music Pass that you use on your computer or you've previously purchased songs from the Xbox Music Store or the Zune Marketplace, then you have songs in your cloud collection that you can download to your phone.

    1. On Start Start button or in the App list, tap Music Music icon.

    2. Swipe over to Collection, then do one of the following:

      • Tap Artists, tap an artist, then tap the album that contains the songs you want to download.
      • Tap Albums, then tap the album that contains the songs you want to download.
      • Tap Songs.
      • Tap Genres, then tap the genre that contains the songs you want to download.
      • Tap Playlists, then tap the playlist that contains the songs you want to download.
      • Tap Radio, then tap the radio station that contains the songs you want to download.
    3. Tap Download Download icon next to the songs you want to download.

    Notes

    • You can also copy iTunes music to your phone or sync music to your phone using your PC.
    • Songs that aren't stored on your phone have streaming Streaming icon icons next to them.
    • Xbox Music Store is not available in all locations or languages. Store content may also vary by market: not all items are available for purchase, download or streaming.
    • To learn more about Xbox Music Pass and see if it's available in your country or region, go to Xbox.com.

    If you don't have Windows Phone 8.1 installed, you can get music in the following ways:

    • Go to the Music + Videos Hub. On Start Start button or in the App list, tap Music + Videos Music icon. Swipe over to Xbox, then tap Xbox Music Store.
    • Get the Xbox Music app from the Windows Phone Store. On Start Start button or in the App list, tap Store Store icon > Search Search icon, then enter Xbox Music in the search bar.
    • Go to the Windows Phone Store. On Start Start button or in the App list, tap Store Store icon, then tap Music, or tap Search Search icon and type a song title, album title or artist name.
    • Sync music to your phone from your PC. For more info on how to move stuff over to your phone from your PC, see Synchronising music, ringtones and podcasts using your computer and Copying your iTunes music to your phone.

    For more info on these and other experiences, see Music and videos on your Windows Phone.

  • When it comes to on-demand entertainment, Xbox Video is the perfect way to get your à-la-carte viewing fix. Rent or buy your favourite films and TV programmes, and watch free trailers, clips and more. Sign in with a Microsoft account to download or stream instantly.

    Tip

    If you buy lots of TV programmes, consider subscribing to Season Pass. For a monthly fee, the latest episodes of your favourite TV programmes are automatically added to your phone or other devices. Learn more

    To stream or download videos to your phone

    1. In the App list, tap Video Video icon.

    2. Swipe over to New TV, New films or Spotlight to browse the available categories, or tap Search Search icon and type the name of a TV programme, a film title, an actor's name or other related info.

      Tip

      If you know the channel or studio that made the TV programme or film you want to watch, tap a category, then tap Filter Filter icon to browse by channel or studio.

    3. When you find the TV programme or film you want to watch, tap it, then do one of the following:

      • Buy a TV episode. Tap an episode, then tap Buy HD or Buy SD. (Tap Switch to HD or Switch to SD Switch icon to switch between the two.) Tap Confirm to complete your purchase.
      • Buy a TV series. Tap a series from the series box, then tap Buy Series __ HD or Buy Series __ SD. (Tap Switch to HD or Switch to SD Switch icon to switch between the two.) Tap Confirm to complete your purchase.
      • Rent or buy a film. Tap Rent HD or Rent SD (if available), or tap Buy HD or Buy SD (if available). (Tap Switch to HD or Switch to SD Switch icon to switch between the two.) Tap Confirm to complete your purchase.

    Notes

    • You can also sync videos to your phone using your PC.
    • Videos that aren't stored on your phone have streaming Streaming icon icons next to them.
    • Xbox Video Store is not available in all locations or languages. Store content may also vary by market: not all items are available for purchase, rental, download or streaming.
    • To learn more about Season Pass and see if it's available in your country or region, go to Xbox.com.

    If you don't have Windows Phone 8.1 installed, you can get videos onto your phone in the following ways:

    • Get the Xbox Video app from the Windows Phone Store. Want to download videos directly onto your phone? You'll need to get the app. On Start Start button or in the App list, tap Store Store icon > Search Search icon, then enter Xbox Video in the search bar.
    • Sync videos to your phone from your PC. For more info on how to move stuff over to your phone from your PC, see Synchronising photos and videos using your computer.

    For more info on these and other experiences, see Music and videos on your Windows Phone.

  • Getting audio and video podcasts has never been simpler – use the podcasts app to download or stream instantly.

    To stream or download a podcast to your phone

    1. In the App list, tap Podcasts Podcasts icon.

    2. Swipe over to Get podcasts, then type a podcast name, keyword or feed URL in the search bar.

    3. When you find the podcast you're looking for, tap it, then do one of the following:

      • In Overview, you can read a podcast's description. Tap Play Play icon to stream the newest podcast available, or swipe over to Episodes to select from a list of episodes, then tap Play Play icon.
      • To subscribe to the series, tap Subscribe Subscribe icon. The most recent podcast in the series will automatically download to your phone. (You can choose how many episodes to auto-download when you tap More More ellipses icon > Series settings.) The podcast series will appear in your favourites and collection.
      • To manually download a podcast episode, tap the podcast series in your favourites or collection. Swipe over to Episodes, tap and hold the episode you want to download, then tap Download. You can also tap any episode in the list to see more info about it or to download it. You'll need to subscribe to a podcast series in order to download episodes.

    Notes

    • You can also sync podcasts to your phone using your PC.
    • By default, podcasts download over a WiFi connection. You can allow podcasts to be downloaded over your mobile data connection, but your mobile operator might charge you extra for data usage. For more ways to get podcasts onto your phone, see Synchronising music, ringtones and podcasts using your computer.
    • To delete a podcast episode, tap and hold the episode that you want to delete from your favourites or collection, then tap Delete.
    • To unsubscribe from a podcast series, swipe over to Collection, tap and hold the podcast series you want to unsubscribe from, then tap Unsubscribe.
    • Podcasts that aren't stored on your phone have streaming Streaming icon icons next to them.

    If you don't have Windows Phone 8.1 installed, you can get podcasts onto your phone in the following ways:

    • Go to the Windows Phone Store. On Start Start button, tap Store Store icon, then tap Podcasts, or tap Search Search icon and enter a podcast name or other related info.
    • Sync podcasts to your phone from your PC. For more info on how to move podcasts over to your phone from your PC, see Synchronising music, ringtones and podcasts using your computer.

    For more info on these and other experiences, see Music and videos on your Windows Phone.

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