The Xbox music cloud

Overview

With Xbox Music, your music is cloud-connected. That means that you can listen to all your favourite tunes wherever you're signed in to Xbox Music.

Any PC with Xbox Music is connected to the cloud for free. Add your favourites to My Music when you're at home, and you'll find the same great selection of tunes waiting for you at work. With an Xbox Music Pass, we'll also keep your Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows-RT 8.1-based devices, Xbox One and Xbox 360 console, iOS devices, Android devices and music.xbox.com in the mix, so you'll never skip a beat no matter where you are.

How to match your music to the cloud

With millions of songs available in the cloud, it can be difficult to know where to start. That's where music matching comes in – we can get your personal cloud collection started with the music that you already have on your PC.

After adding the music from your PC, Xbox Music will ask whether you want to hear your music on other devices. Look for this notification in your collection, or you can find it later by tapping or clicking Settings and then Preferences.

Music matching automatically finds songs and albums on your PC that match what’s on Xbox Music, and then adds those songs from your music collection in the cloud. You'll then see them on your other cloud-connected devices automatically and be able to play them from an Xbox One or Xbox 360 console, Windows Phone 8, iOS device, Android device or on music.xbox.com or from any Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1-based device with a Music Pass.

Sometimes it's hard to find an exact match automatically. You can take control at any time (even with music matching turned off) by selecting an album and choosing Add To and then Music in the Cloud (available only with a valid Xbox Music Pass). This lets you pick the best available match from Xbox Music.

Stream from the cloud

Free music that you've added to your cloud collection will be accompanied by occasional ads when you stream it to your other PCs. If you copy the music files across your devices yourself, you won't hear any ads. Xbox Music Pass subscribers can always listen ad-free on all devices.

You can always download any music that you've purchased individually, and if you're an Xbox Music Pass subscriber, you can download any streaming music selecting more and clicking Download.

Play music locally

To play music locally, select on this pc from the drop-down menu next to Songs.

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