Add music to Xbox Music on Windows 8 or 8.1 or Windows RT

How to add your music to the Music app

Windows 8 or Windows RT

To add your locally stored music to the Music app in Windows 8 or Windows RT:

  1. At the Start screen, tap or click the Desktop tile. This will open the classic desktop view.
  2. Tap or click File Explorer (the manila folder icon next to the Internet Explorer icon).
  3. Under Libraries, tap or click Music.
  4. Tap or click Manage on the ribbon.
  5. Tap or click Manage Library.
  6. Tap or click the Add button.
  7. Tap or click the folder where your music is stored, and then tap or click Include folder.
  8. Tap or click OK, wait for the changes to be applied, and then restart the Music app to make the new files appear.

Windows 8.1

To add your locally stored music to the Music app in Windows 8.1:

  1. Start the Music app.
  2. Move your cursor to the upper-right or lower-right corner of your screen, or swipe from the right side of the screen to bring up the Charms bar.
  3. Click or tap Settings, Preferences, and then Choose where we look for music on this PC.
  4. Tap or click the “+” button to see your local folders. Select a folder, and then select Add this folder to music to add the folder. Do this until you’ve added all the folders that contain your music.
  5. Once you have added all your music folders, tap or click Done.

To remove a music folder in Windows 8.1, tap or click the “X” in the upper-right corner of the folder tile. Then, tap or click Remove Folder to confirm.
Note You can’t remove the last folder. The collection needs at least one folder to work.

If you have music stored externally (for example, on a USB flash drive or an external hard drive): You can copy or move the content to any folder listed in the Music Library Locations window, and the Music app will then detect the content. On Windows 8.1, you can add music from a USB flash drive or external hard drive directly to the library.

If you have music stored on a network or network access storage (NAS) drive: The Music app currently only supports content stored on network shares hosted by Windows operating systems. Windows Search and Desktop Experience features must be installed and Indexing must be enabled for the share. After these are installed and enabled, you may have to rebuild the index to have network shares function correctly with the Music app.

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