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If you like to use your computer to download and purchase music files, maybe listen to music, or even organize your music files. You'll be glad to know here in Windows 8.1 there is a music app that will allow you to do all of those things and more. And we're going to take a look at it now. So, on your Start screen you should be able to find the music tile. I've moved mine over here to the fun apps group we created, in a previous movie. Looks like a set of headphones. Let's give it a click. If this is your very first time using the music app, you'll see the welcome screen here.
But what you see down the left-hand side, would be the same as what I'm looking at. You'll notice that we can go to our collections, that's our own music, and we can sort them by albums, artists and songs. We can also go here to choose where we're going to look for our music files. The music library has a default, but we can choose other folders And we can also explore music online, browsing by new albums and new songs, new artists featured in top music. Also down the left hand side, we can stream radio stations.
So we can start a station for example. Using a start a station, we can type in a group we want to listen to. You can see I've used this already and I've typed one in. And other options will be listed for you as well. We'll get back to that momentarily. There's also Explorer, which will allow you to go online and explore, there it is, new albums. As we scroll down, you'll see the top albums. And if you wanted to, you could select any of these to stream music. You can even create playlists, and if you have playlists already, import them.
That includes iTunes playlists. So let's go back up to Collection here. You'll notice something happened by default when I launched the music app, it went searching for music and on my computer, wasn't able to find any music. At least not where it's looking by default. Now this is a message we can close up with the Close button when we're done looking at it. Down below, you'll see I don't have any music files, but I can choose where to look. If you up the exercise files like I do, you know there's at least one music file in there.
An MP3 file. So, we can choose our Exercise Files folder as a place to look, and it will be added here. And any contents will be displayed here in our collection. So let's go to Choose Where to Look. By default you're going to see your own music library here. But we can add additional folders. Let's click the Add Folder button. SkyDrive is an option. But if we click the drop-down we can go to our PC. If there's a folder where you have music files you can select it.
And I do have one. And if you're like me and you're using the Exercise Files and you put them on the Desktop, you can click Desktop. Choose Exercise Files, and you'll notice all of the files in there including, there it is, our MP3 file. So all we have to do is add the entire folder. We could continue adding additional folders if we wanted to, or simply click OK if we're done. Now it gets added here on the screen. Let's click down here. And now, you should be seeing some information.
Look at that. There's my Jellybricks album. I'm seeing it as an album with the album cover. Because albums is selected at the top. If I want to view it by artist, I'm going to see the Jellybricks. And by songs. And you can see, there's the name of the song. What's cool is you can click any one of these to play the song. So if I click, you'll notice a little play button here, you'll notice a little plus sign. So if you click that and you wanted to for example add it to a new play list or add it to the now playing connection you could do that.
Also add it to your SkyDrive cloud collection. But down below there are also some controls for playing, moving through your songs, even adjusting the volume. So just click the Play button here (MUSIC). You could adjust the volume down. We can click Pause here if we wanted to pause the song, continue playing it. We also have the timeline here, so we could start over at the beginning if we wanted to and play it from there.
And when we're done, all we do is just leave it sitting there and the music app is good at remembering what you're listening to last. So the next time we come back to the music app, this will appear at the bottom unless we go to something else. Let's go to radio. With radio, you might not see anything here except start a station and when you click it, you can enter an artist and the music app will do a good job of showing similar artists and options you might enjoy. So if for example we type something in like beginnings of Michael, you can see they're a number of Michael's to choose from.
And it goes ahead and starts picking up music related to Michael Jackson or similar to. And from here, all you have to do is make a selection and play it. You'll be streaming that music. You can see information showing up across the bottom now, (MUSIC) and some options (MUSIC). I'm going to click the Pause button. And go on to Explore. Now, with Explore, you can start exploring online. You'll see some suggestions here, like new albums that you might enjoy. Top albums if you want to go to them. All you have to do is click them.
But, we also have a search field if we wanted to simply search. Click in the search field and you'll be searching your collections, radio and the explore areas for any music, artists, albums you might be looking for. It's really cool. To add a new playlist, maybe we want to have current tunes, you click save, and then use that little plus sign that shows up to add them to our current playlist. So for example, if I go up to Collection, there's my Easy For You.
I can click the Plus sign here to add it to a new playlist or there's my current playlist. It's not been added to current, so I can always go back to this playlist to see anything that's been added. We can even import playlists, so if you've been using iTunes for example, notice that this app is going to go searching for playlist. It could also have been created in iTunes, very cool. All you do is click Import. Click Cancel, though, for the sake of time. Now, if we right-click anywhere, you're going to see the ability to open files as well, so clicking Open File, you can then go browsing again your PC, or other areas for music files, and open them that way.
But we'll click Cancel. And lastly, some of the settings. Let's use the keyboard shortcut Windows I. That brings up settings and of course it's settings for music, because that's the app we're working with. When you go to Account, for example, you're going to open up a separate window here where you'll be prompted for your password. That's just a security feature to log you in and have access to your account settings. So, you could see there's your account, there's Xbox membership. By default, you'll see a silver membership but you can pay for a gold membership and have access to downloading songs and instead of just streaming them for example.
Notice there's also something called the Xbox music pass, managing your music devices can be done from here, as well as a number of other features and functions. You click the Back button here to go back to our settings, check out preferences, and from here you can see, you can choose defaults for where you're going to look for music on this PC. The default was simply our music library to start with, but we could change that from here. We can include music on the cloud, so SkyDrive, for example.
That's turned on automatically. Automatically add matched songs on this PC to any music that's in the cloud, as well. That's turned off, but it can be turned on, and you can find out how that works if you want to by clicking the link, find out how it works. Down below downloads, when you buy songs from Xbox music. On other devices, they'll automatically downloaded here as well if you turn this feature on. And if you like to see media info, like album covers for example and other meta data.
You can make sure that's turned on, so it's downloaded with your music file. We'll go back. And in fact we'll just click anywhere, to the left of our Sentence panel, to close it up. That's a quick look at the music app included here, Windows 8.1.
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