Most music players allow you to browse like this:

  • Select an artist from the list of artists
  • Select an album from a list of the artist's albums
  • Play the album or view its songs

In the Xbox Music app, I see the following way to browse:

  • By album. The albums are not grouped by artist.
  • By artist. When you select an artist, you see all of that artist's songs. They are ordered by album, but you can't say for example "Play all of the songs in this album".
  • By song. Again, they are ordered by album, but you cannot select/play individual albums.
  • By playlist

Is there any way to use the traditional Artist->Album->Song workflow in Xbox Music?

Edit: To clarify, I am talking about "Xbox Music" on Windows 8, not on Xbox.

  • Video game console questions are off topic at superuser superuser.com/faq – EBGreen Oct 26 '12 at 16:11
  • It's not about a video game console. The Metro-style music player app in Windows 8 is called "Xbox Music". – Matthew Oct 26 '12 at 16:12
  • Aah...my mistake then – EBGreen Oct 26 '12 at 16:12
  • And that is a stupid name for them to choose as well. – EBGreen Oct 26 '12 at 16:13

Sort of...

You can enter your music, and rather than select artists, select albums. If you then change the arranged by setting to artist you get something similar to what you're looking for:

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Selecting an album will then give you a tracklisting:

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From there you can select to play all, or select individual tracks to play. It doesn't seem you can navigate in quite the way you expected though.

  • Close enough. I was hoping for a more compact listing (just artist names), but this more or less meets my needs. – Matthew Oct 26 '12 at 16:18

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