The Music and Video Apps

Learn all about using the Windows 8 Music app and Windows 8 Video app, which are built-in features, in this free lesson.

The Music and Video apps

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To play and buy media in Windows 8, you'll use the built-in Music and Video apps. If you already have purchased music, TV shows, and movies, you can easily access them from these apps. In this lesson, we'll show you how to access your media and use the Music and Video apps to find and buy music, TV shows, and movies.

If you'd prefer to play music and videos on the desktop, you can use Windows Media Player instead.

Navigating the Music app

The Music app lets you listen to your Music library and browse for new music. You'll find the music files that you already own on the Collection tab.

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From the Explore tab, you'll be able to buy individual songs or entire albums, just like Apple's iTunes Store.

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From the Radio tab, you can listen to unlimited music if you buy an Xbox Music Pass for $9.99 a month. In addition to streaming music, you'll be able to download songs you like for no extra charge. Some songs may not be available through your Xbox Music Pass, so if you want to listen to those songs you'll need to buy them separately. For more information, go to the Xbox Music Pass website.

Playback controls

When you're listening to a song, you can use the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to pause, skip to a different song, and adjust the volume.

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Finding your music

By default, the Collection tab will show music that's stored in the Music folder (accessible from the Desktop view). If you'd to play other music from your computer, you can choose where the Music app will look for files.

  1. Hover the mouse in the bottom-right corner to open the Charms bar, then choose Settings.
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  2. Select Preferences.
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  3. Select Choose where we look for music files on this PC, then select the desired folder(s).
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  4. The music files will appear in the Collection tab.

Navigating the Video app

The Video app lets you watch videos on your computer. This may include videos that you've purchased, as well as ones you've taken with your camera or phone. The Video app is very similar to the Music app—you'll find any video files that you have in the Videos folder (accessible from the Desktop view) on the Collection tab. As with the Music app, you can choose where the Video app will look for files if you don't have any here.

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You can also choose to buy or rent videos from the Movies Store and TV Store.

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