Show song info on Live Tile
Show now playing song on Live Tile, like Nokia MixRadio and while not playing, shuffle between last played album covers like the People tile or the old nokia music app.
Please do bring back the awesome live tile which the music+videos hub in WP8 had! The artist picture and artist's name shuffling on the tile was superb and showed the aesthetic beauty of windows phone!! Why is it just staring doing nothing in 8.1? Isn't windows phone all about having live tiles?..because it's just simply lame and lifeless as it is right now. It would be such a major throwback if it gets removed. It just simply made the start screen look fantastic, I must say. So please, do bring it back! Thankyou :)
Music (and games too) tile is boring and ugly. The tile should operate like it did in WP7 (where last artist played stayed on the tile). But why not make it more like the people hub where it flips around little mini images of the albums on my phone. I feel like that would entice users into the app more and look a lot less ugly.
It did this on WP7 when using Zune. Why not on WP8 as well when using Xbox Music?
Live Tile is now in the latest version of Music on Windows Phone 8.1! Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think!
Can we have the ability to have the live tile keep the last played artist when the music stops so the live tile is not static - this used to be in Windows Phone 7.
working but only shows artist name on the green tile... no imagge as wp7 did, nor the song's information...
Updated and still no info on Live Tile. the same still background.
Updated and still no info on Live Tile, or at the moment "Dead Tile"...
The lock screen on my htc8x is showing artist info, yay! but the live tile is not. music app v 22.214.171.124. Phone update says phone is up to date. Tried changing the background to standard color rather than picture and rebooting. No difference. Changed size of tile to wide, no difference.
The music app version on my HTC 8x is 126.96.36.199. As of 2pm mountain time in the USA my live tile is not displaying any artist info. Is it because the tile is transparent? What is the latest version number?
The recent update supposedly brought back the animation with artist background image on the music tile but its not the case with locally stored music. On playing locally stored music, only the artist name animation is displayed on a green background on the music tile instead of the actual artist background. But when you play a song from your streaming collection, both artist background image and name animation shows on the music live tile as it should.
This is a minor bug and i hope the Xbox team can solve it as soon as possible.
James L commented
How in the world did you forget this? Seriously. This was in Windows Phone 7 how many years ago? This is whose major selling point for their phones? Microsoft's.
Please understand that the software you call X-Box Music is now essentially synonymous with buggy, slow, laggy, cumbersome, feature-poor software that can't hold a candle to iTunes in a competition head-to-head. The Zune HD, and the Zune software ran head to head, and came out ahead with things like Social, Channels, Picks, Smart DJ, but fell apart in things like audiobook support, which doesn't appear that hard - just allow the genre tag to determine if a file is treated like an audiobook.
Back to point, though - how in the world did you ever think that releasing this app in such a state was a good idea? And who thought splitting Zune into 5 apps was a good idea? Do you ever think Apple would split iTunes into 5 apps? No. Why? Because NO ONE WANTS 5 APPS, especially when ONE will do.
I'm very happy for the heads up Ellen. I'm certainly curious why this feature was removed from the Xbox music app, given that it existed in the very first release with Win Phone 8. The same is true for the lock screen. If the code existed previously why has it been such an ordeal to include it with the subsequent versions.
Here guys, vote on this idea!
James L commented
When you say this is completed, please remember what people are asking for:
-A live tile that looks and behaves like the Live Tile on Windows Phone 7 for the Zune Hub while playing. Please remember to find a WP7 device, and play music on it, so that you can verify that the functionality is identical
-A live tile that keeps the last played artist image with a semi-transparent overlay of the Zune/XBM logo when playback is stopped/paused. Again, please check with a WP7 device to verify you have actually copied the functionality exactly.
If you want to go above and beyond:
-playback controls within the live tile (interactive live tiles)
-Zune screensaver (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyMAgd14_-w)
-swipe left/right within the volume controls to change tracks, with a mini-album cover. Just the play/rew/ff buttons is a bit dull.
With this under review, could I just suggest this be optional? It's clear that it's hugely popular and really belongs considering it was part of older Xbox Music versions, but I honestly prefer the static tile. Again bringing this feature back would be a nice thing to do for everyone that seriously misses it, but I would greatly prefer if we had the option to set this as a live tile. In fact there are a lot of suggestions on this website that the existing Xbox Music settings page has more than enough room for.
Same should be done for background of the app. It should show album art if artist info not available. Plain brown looks so boring... Take a cue from nokia mix
Rodrigo Mendes commented
Just like Windows Phone 7. We really need that, Windows Phone is all about beautiful interface..
Sascha Hoppe commented
when did you stare at your live tile while listening to music? I liked the old way, where the tile showed the last played music when not listening. This is what i want back instead of static tile when not playing. Make the tile even more "live" by showing a collage of last played albums.
LOL "under Review"? how can that be? that is a Feature that already was there... :-P
Sherlock Phan commented
Let's this comeback!
Why you just PULLED OUT all features and we have to pray to have them back!?
Andrew Moroney commented
Awesome idea. I like that when I'm not listening to music "Mixradio" shows various album covers on the live tile. If I were to make the suggestion I would say to have the Live Tile for Music work exactly as the one for Mixradio
Yes!!! This should comeback! :D
The last artist played WP7 with WP8 live tile animation would be a killer feature for Xbox Music. It serve well giving cool looking information of what is currently playing and spicing up our Start Screen. Currently its just a plain boring green tile that doesn't mean anything, thus many users only use 1x1 tile size because of that.
The LIVE tile also serve as good marketing for Windows Phone and Xbox as a whole, no other platform does this kind of unique aesthetic as WP7 and WP8.
I think it would be also a good addition to cycle some artist+albums currently on collection in Live Tile when not playing something. Similar to Photos and even other 3rd-party does this. Also it would be better to have song name+artist name and album name on live tile animation, than what we used to have info from WP8, which is just a artist name if I remember correctly.
When there's no artist photos available on currently playing track, then make use the album art which almost all properly tag music have one. Take a look from Nokia MixRadio, it's kind of static but manage to look very good even it just shows artist and song name+artist name information, also they manage to show all the recently played albums with Zune-ish styling.
We used to have it on WP7 then WP8, so I hope reuse those, combine and just improved it.
Hope that surprise us with better ones soon. Cheers! :D