(Xbox) Music gets live tile visualisations (at last)

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The Xbox Music development team are continuing to make progress (the previous update was reported on here), building in everything that used to be in the integral Windows Phone 7 music player, plus a lot more. See below for the official changelog.

From the official User Voice post:

The ninth update for the Windows Phone 8.1 Music App is now available in the store! This is a big one, and we’re happy to announce one of your most hotly anticipated features – Live Tile! Please enjoy, and as always – let us know what you think.
In version 2.6.224 you will find:
  • You can now see incredible artist art & visualizations when playing music on your LIVE TILE! Requires Update 1 (OS Version #8.10.14141 & higher)
  • Album art should show up much more reliably in all areas of the app 
  • We also fixed several significant bugs, with a focus on:
  • Performance / page loads
  • Preventing any unexpected app exits
  • Reducing our memory footprint, resulting in less app suspensions & terminations during multi-tasking
  • Addressing playlist duplication issues
  • Cleaning up Recent Plays interactions

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It all looks smooth and functional on our test Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 (DP) devices, although for all my albums ended up with just a simple animated album artist name animation, as shown above - see the User Voice link for a 'tips' link if you fancy messing around in Windows Media Player to embed artwork in the 'right' way. Most other platforms are now compatible with multiple album art schemes - why can't Xbox Music do the same?

I did also note that the code still wasn't 100% compiled for Windows Phone 8.1, i.e. there are still optimisations to come (watch for an editorial on this later today).

Source / Credit: User Voice