How To Make an Xbox Music Playlist From a Web Page

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Xbox Music has been redesigned for Windows 8.1 with a new set of radio features that allows users to create playlists and stations based on artists of their choice. Sound familiar, cough, Apple, er cough, Spotify? However, there’s one big new feature to get excited about. Since the Xbox music app is baked into the Windows 8.1 interface, it offers a cool connectivity trick that allows you to create automatically generated playlist based on an open Web page in Explorer. Here’s how. 


1. Launch Explorer. Browse to a website that features artists you’d like to base your playlist around. In this example, the page is the lineup for the Decibel Festival.xbox radio website playlist screencap how to

2. Open the Charms menu in the sidebar. Select the Share menu option.xbox radio website playlist screencap how to

3. Select Music: Create a Playlist from the Share Menu.

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4. A playlist will generate based on the artists featured in the open page in Explorer. You can choose to delete artists from the playlist by clicking on the X’s next to their names. microsoft 8.1 website playlist screencap how to

5. Launch the Xbox Music app. In the left sidebar menu, you will see your new playlist. The playlist will automatically be named after the page it was based on. microsoft 8.1 website playlist screen how to

6. Jam to your new playlist!

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  1. MeisterTech Says:

    Cough. The Radio feature in the 8.1 redesign of XBox Music has been available from the release of Windows 8 as SmartDJ. The SmartDJ feature has been around since 2010 in Microsoft Zune software. Admittedly a take-off from Pandora (and perhaps Spotify), but lets not pretend like Radio was just added to match Apple; they just renamed it to match Apple :).

  2. Ana Hurka-Robles, Web Producer Says:

    Word. I meant to convey that Xbox Music had redesigned their radio feature, not that the whole set of features were new. I went ahead and rephrased a bit, thanks for the feedback! I do think that they’re emphasizing the feature and rebranding it “Radio” as a reaction to the upcoming competition from Apple, as well as just wanting to be seen as a bigger player in the existing field against players like Pandora and Spotify.

    Incidentally, I’ve seen some talk online that the whole “new playlist based on a website” feature, which was referred to as “completely unique” in the Microsoft Build press conference, is similar to some services already offered by Yahoo Music and Songbird. I checked those services out a bit, and I didn’t see an overlap in usability.

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