How to Use the Windows 10 Music App

By Andy Rathbone

In keeping with the music of today’s youth, the Windows 10 Music app recognizes music files only if they’re stored on either your PC, OneDrive, or, when told, a flash drive you’ve placed into your computer’s USB port. The Music app turns up its nose at playing those old-fashioned CDs or DVDs, so don’t even try.

But if you simply want to play or buy digital music, the Music app handles the job fairly simply and easily. When first opened, as shown here, the program shows the music stored both on your own PC and — if you have a Microsoft Account — in your OneDrive account’s Music folder.

The Windows Music app plays music stored on your PC, as well as on OneDrive.

The Windows Music app plays music stored on your PC, as well as on OneDrive.

To launch the Music app and begin listening to music, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start menu’s Music tile.

    Fetch the Start menu with a click of the Start button in the screen’s lower-left corner. When the Start menu appears, click the Music app’s tile, shown here.

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    If you don’t spot the Music app’s tile, click the Start menu’s All Apps button and choose Music from the pop-up list of alphabetically sorted apps.

    The Music app fills the screen with automatically showing tiles representing your albums, artists, or songs. (When opened for the first time, you may need to click through some welcome screens.)

  2. To play an album or song, click its tile and then click Play.

    Click a tile for an album or song, and the Music app shows your song (or album’s contents.) Click the Play button, and the app begins playing your choice.

  3. Adjust the music while it plays.

    The App bar, shown along the bottom of the figure, offers you several icons to control your music: Shuffle, Repeat, Previous (to move to the previous song), Play/Pause, and Next (to move to the next song).

To adjust the volume, click the little speaker on the App bar in the screen’s bottom corner. Or, from the desktop, click the little speaker icon next to the clock on the taskbar, that strip along the desktop’s bottom edge.

Most touchscreen tablets include a volume toggle switch built in to one of their edges.

The Music app keeps playing music even if you begin working with other apps or switch to the desktop. To pause or move between tracks, you must return to the Music app.