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Use Xbox Music on my phone

Xbox Music is a cloud-based music service that allows you to buy, stream, and download music on Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and, of course, Xbox. To take full advantage of Xbox Music on your phone, you need to sign up for Xbox Music Pass, a monthly music subscription service.


The Xbox Music Store is available to everyone who uses Windows Phone 8. You can stream or download music you buy in the Store without subscribing to Xbox Music Pass.

Getting an Xbox Music Pass

An Xbox Music Pass lets you stream any song available in the Xbox Music Store on your phone, or download it so you can listen without an Internet connection.

Here are some of the ways you can get an Xbox Music Pass:

  • Go to and sign up.
  • In the Windows 8 Music app on your PC, go to Settings > Account > Xbox Music Pass.
  • Keep your Zune Music Pass, if you already have one. The Microsoft account associated with Zune Music Pass will automatically work for Xbox Music.

For Xbox Music Pass to work on your phone, you need to use the same Microsoft account associated with your phone. See Which Microsoft account should I use? to learn more about picking an account.

Streaming and downloading music

Once you have an Xbox Music Pass set up, you can go to the Xbox Music Store on your phone and start enjoying the millions of songs in its catalog.

To stream or download music using Xbox Music Pass

  1. On Start Start button, tap Music + Videos Music + Videos icon.

  2. Flick to Xbox and then tap Xbox Music Store.

  3. Flick left or right, browse through the available genres, 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, and then do one of the following:

    • To download a song or album without buying it, tap it, and then tap Download.
    • To play a song or album without downloading it (stream it), tap Play Play icon.

Cloud collection

Because Xbox Music is a cloud-based service that's linked to your Microsoft account, you can access your favorite music on different devices without moving music files or syncing using a USB cable. Instead, you can access it over the Internet as a cloud collection.

Cloud collection songs appear in Music + Videos next to songs that are actually stored on your phone, but the cloud collection songs don't take up any storage space and have a cloud streaming icon Cloud streaming icon next to them. You can stream or download songs in your cloud collection just as you can songs in the Xbox Music Store.

If you use Windows 8 and have an Xbox Music Pass, you can build and manage your music collection in the Windows 8 Music app and it will appear as a cloud collection on your phone.

For example, you can create a playlist using songs from the Xbox Music catalog on your Windows 8 PC, and the playlist will then appear on your phone. If you make changes to the playlist in the Windows 8 Music app, the playlist on your phone will automatically change, too.

If you have access to a Wi-Fi network or unlimited cellular data, it may not make a difference to you whether you stream or listen to a music file on your phone. But if you have limited access to the Internet, there might come a time when you want to turn off cloud collection to see only the songs that are stored on your phone.

To turn off cloud collection

If you want to see only the content that's actually on your phone, you can turn off the cloud collection feature.

  1. On Start Start button, tap Music + Videos Music + Videos icon.

  2. Tap More More icon, tap Settings, and then turn off Xbox Music cloud collection.


If you don't have an Xbox Music Pass, but you've bought songs from Zune Marketplace or Xbox Music Store, those songs will be available as a cloud collection.

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