Here, finally, is the long-overdue second update to the Music chapter in Windows 8.1 Book. This update was delayed by a variety of events, including business related to the back-to-back releases of Windows 8.1 and Microsoft's second-generation Surface devices. But just when I was getting ready to post the update last week, something else happened: Microsoft updated the Xbox Music app! So here we are, late, but forging ahead nonetheless.

Here's what's happening.

I had originally hoped to actually "finish" the Xbox Music chapter a few weekends ago. Then I figured I could at least provide a second update of a projected three. But a few days back, I went to take the screenshots I had referenced but not actually taken, and discover that Microsoft had updated Xbox Music, and in a fairly major way from a screenshot perspective: The navigation bar now has a Now Playing item (like Xbox Music on the web), a graphical element that is now missing from about 50 percent of the shots I'd already taken.

Reacting like the proverbial deer in the headlamps, I did what I do best and moved on to other things. I spent a bit of time tagging the screenshots that need to be retaken, but then I just got caught up in everything else that's been going on. But I need to get moving and really do want to get this chapter behind me.

So...

Many of the screenshots in this chapter will need to be retaken between now and the next update. Rather than focus on that stuff now, I've decided to move forward and post what I have, while adding the shots that were missing. So there will be at least one more update before this chapter is complete in first draft form. Ah well.

Feedback is always appreciated. More soon.

Download Music 0.2 (20 page PDF, 1.95 MB)

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Download Windows 8.1 Book 0.05 (105 page PDF, 9.96 MB)

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