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Using Xbox Music Pass to stream, download, and play music

Streaming music

You can use your Xbox Music Pass to stream music to:

  • Your Xbox 360 console (you'll also need an Xbox Live Gold Membership).
  • Any computer when you use the Zune Music + Video software.
  • Zune HD players and Windows Phones that are associated with your Xbox Music Pass.

For more about what you can do, see Xbox Music Pass.

Note You can only stream music with your Xbox Music Pass to one location at a time. For example, if you are streaming music using your Xbox Music Pass to your Xbox 360, you can't simultaneously stream music to your computer.

To stream music to your Xbox 360

  1. On your Xbox 360 console, sign in with your Xbox Live gamertag.
  2. From the Xbox Dashboard, go to Music and then select the Xbox Music app.
  3. To find music, select Search and select the first few letters of the artist, song, or album.
  4. Select Play Radio on an artist page to play a Radio mix. Or, select Play All to play all of the music by the artist.

Note If you haven’t downloaded the Xbox Music app or if an update is needed, the app automatically downloads.

To stream music using the Zune Music + Video software

  1. Open the Zune Music + Video software and sign in.
  2. Go to Marketplace, Music and find a song or album you like.
  3. Right-click the song or album and click Play.

To stream music to your Zune HD

  1. On your Zune HD, tap Marketplace.
  2. Tap Music or Search to find a song, album, or artist you like.
    • On an artist page, tap Smart DJ to stream a Smart DJ mix.
    • On an album page, tap Play. Or, press and hold the item and select Play Smart DJ Mix.

    To stream music to your Windows Phone 8

    1. On Start, tap Music + Videos.
    2. Find a song, album, artist, or playlist you like, then tap Play.

    To stream music to your Windows Phone 7

    1. On Start, tap Music + Videos.
    2. Flick to Zune, and then tap Marketplace.
    3. Find a song, album, artist, or playlist you like, then tap Play.

      Downloading music

      One of the best perks of your Xbox Music Pass is that you can download as much music as you want from the Xbox Music Store. After you download music using your Music Pass, you can play it on your computer and then sync it with a device to play on the go.

      To play and download music to a PC using the Music app

      1. From the Start screen, open the Music app.
      2. Scroll to My music to stream your personal collection, or begin typing a song, album, or artist name to find music to stream.
      3. Tap or click on a song, album, or artist and then tap or click Play album, or tap or click an individual song to play just that song.

      To play and download music to a PC using the Zune Music + Video software

      1. Open the Zune Music + Video software and sign in.
      2. Go to Marketplace, Music and find a song or album you like.
        • To download the music to your computer, click Download.
        • To stream the music, right-click the song or album and click Play.

        To play and download music directly to your Zune player

        1. Open the Zune Music + Video software and sign in.
        2. Go to Marketplace, Music and find a song or album you like.
          • To download the music to your computer, click Download.
          • To stream the music, right-click the song or album and click Play.

        To download music directly to your Windows Phone

        1. On Start, tap Music + Videos.
        2. Tap Marketplace.
          Note On Windows Phone 7, tap Zune first and then Marketplace.
        3. Find a song, album, artist, or playlist by doing one of the following:
          • Flick left or right, browse through the available categories, and then tap an item.
          • Press Search, enter a song title, album title, or artist name, and then tap an item.
        4. Do one of the following:
          • To download a song or album without buying it, tap and hold it, and then tap Download.
          • To stream a song or album, tap Play.

        Notes

        • Some songs and albums at the Marketplace are only available as a purchase.
        • Music that you download using Xbox Music Pass is protected with media usage rights that specify what you can do with the music.
        • Songs that you download with your Xbox Music Pass can't be burned to a CD. If you want to burn songs, you'll need to purchase them.

          Error messages when you try to download, stream, or sync music

          When you try to download, stream, or sync your Xbox Music Pass with a Zune player or Windows Phone, you may receive one of these error messages:

          Can't Download
          You're already using your Zune Music Pass on the maximum number of devices. To use it on this phone, go to the Zune software on your PC and, in your account settings, remove a device. Then restart your phone and try again.

          Can't Sync
          Can't use your Zune Music Pass with this device because you're already using it on the maximum number of devices. To update the computers and devices for this account, go to Account Settings and select Computers and Devices.

          You receive these error messages if you have already synced your music collection with the maximum number of devices allowed, and you are trying to sync your Zune collection with another.

          To sync with a new device, you will have to remove a device from your Xbox Music Pass. To do this:

          In the Zune Music + Video software

          1. Open the Zune Music + Video software.
          2. If you are not signed in, click Sign in, and then enter your Microsoft Account (formerly known as Windows Live ID).
            Note If you have an Outlook.com or Zune account, you have a Microsoft Account.
          3. Click Settings, located at the top of the screen.
          4. Click Account, located in the upper-left section of the screen.
          5. Click Computer and devices, located in the list at the left.
          6. Under Zune Music Pass computers and devices, click Remove next to the device that you want to remove.
          7. Click Apply, and then click OK.

          On Xbox.com

          1. Go to the Manage Music Pass Devices page and sign in with your Microsoft Account (formerly known as Windows Live ID). Note If you have an Outlook.com or Zune account, you have a Microsoft Account.
          2. Find a Music Pass device you no longer use and click Remove.

          You should now be able to add a new device to your Xbox Music Pass, and sync content to that device.

          Note You may remove only one device and one computer from your Xbox Music Pass every 30 days.

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