Microsoft is currently adding an update to the Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 app that will call out songs with "parental advisory" labels, according to a Microsoft partner.
Marques Lyons, a Microsoft Most Valuable Partner, said that the update was currently being pushed to PCs running the app. (I have yet to receive it on my computer.)
According to Lyons, this is what the update will add:
Be on the lookout for an update to Xbox Music on Windows 8.1. Primarily, this update will be about bug fixes and improvements, but there are a couple of things that can be called out: 1) You'll be able to see at a glance which albums are explicit (parental advisory) and 2) The now playing screen will display not only the song that's currently playing, but you'll get information about what played prior and what's next.
Microsoft appears to be trying to encourage users to sign up for Xbox Music and its 30 million songs. Recently, Microsoft ran two deals pushing free phones on those who sign up for the service. Under the first, customers can trade in an old, working smartphone or tablet for up to $250 of credit at the Microsoft Store. And if that isn't enough, you can spend $99.90 at that same store for a year's subscription to Xbox Music — and get a free, unlocked Nokia 520 (AT&T) or 521 (T-Mobile) to boot. The second deal is worth $218.90 alone. Both deals are still valid, although the second ends February 17.
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