Background music apps available on Xbox One

Xbox One background musicThe team at Xbox have detailed the various types of background music functionality that is on offer now on Xbox One. While some features and apps aren’t fully available at the moment, there are still a few options available for those who may want some external music playing over their favourite games.

Back on the Xbox 360 days, I played a hell of lot of Forza Motorsport and Battlefield. I still do, to this day on Xbox One. But what I loved about the 360 was my ability to plug my classic iPod into the console and play playlists that I would make for particular games. War music and war movie soundtracks for the likes of Battlefield, and racing music or high speed beats for Forza. Unfortunately, the Xbox One apps don’t recognise the device. Sad times.

However, I do have the option to dump music into a USB stick as long as it’s called ‘Xbox Music Library’, which one of the below apps recognises and allows you to play. But what if I want a different playlist for individual games? I’m not being greedy, am I?

Without further ado, here’s what’s available for the time being, and what’s coming down the line.

Groove – Premium

With Groove Music Pass, stream and download new hits and familiar favorites from millions and millions of songs. Listen ad-free, just about anywhere (Xbox, web, PC, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone)*. The perfect playlist for every game genre: shooters, sports, racing, & RPGs – choose from Groove curated or make your own. Add your MP3s or iTunes tracks to OneDrive, and they’ll always be at your fingertips with the Groove Music app on Xbox One and on the go.


Pandora – Free

Pandora is one of the biggest names in the streaming music world, offering music fans millions of songs from thousands of artists. While the Pandora app is already available on Xbox One, today’s update adds support for background music. It’s free to enjoy, and with the new background music feature, we’re sure this release will take your gaming experience to the next level.  Available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.


Simple Background Music Player – Free

Allows for playback from a USB-connected external device, the Simple Background Music Player lives up to its name by offering an easy-to-use experience that lets you listen to any music that you can drop onto a USB stick. All you need to do is put the tunes on the stick, plug it in to your Xbox One, fire up the app, and you’re ready to go!

VLC – Free

Long used by Windows PC owners, VLC was created as part of the VideoLAN academic project back in the 1990s. VLC supports a wide range of audio and video file formats and allows for streaming from other devices. VLC will be launching on Xbox One in the next couple of months, so we’ll be bringing you more on this one soon.


[Source: Xbox Wire]

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