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Redesign headed to Windows 8.1's Xbox Music app later this year

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Xbox Music, Microsoft's Windows-based music app, will receive a redesign and a slew of updates based on customer feedback alongside Windows 8.1's launch later this year, according to an overview posted on Xbox Wire.

New features set to hit the Windows 8.1 version include a navigation column to access search, a "collection" section that corrals local and cloud-saved music, a radio section for streaming audio, access to the music store and playlists. You can check out the new look in the screenshots above.

Xbox Music supports Xbox Music Pass, a cross-platform service that brings your music to Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox 360.

Microsoft revealed the "new Xbox Music experience" — a phrase that echoes the "new Xbox experience" used when the Xbox 360's dashboard received a major update in 2008 — at the Microsoft Build Developer's Conference today. This morning, a representative from Microsoft confirmed that the company would launch a web-based version of the Xbox Music service.

We've reached out to Microsoft to see if an app with similar features will make its way to Xbox One or Xbox 360 and will update this article with more information as we receive it.

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