Streaming Windows 8 Music Library to Xbox 360

Xbox 360 can't stream music using the System Music Player from my Windows 8 PC (factory installed), but it can play videos from the same PC.


According to this forum, there appears to be an issue with Windows 8 -- which prevents music libraries of more than 250 albums to stream:


And as is the case with many others in this thread, the "Play To" feature interestingly works, allowing the Xbox to play music that is "pushed" to it.

Called Xbox support, and the tech support person stepped me through all the settings, making sure all the proper settings were on, ranging from sharing/permissions to services. The problem remains and it appears to be an issue outside the domain of the Xbox people as it is caused by Windows 8.


Even more puzzling: A Windows 7 laptop on the same network can stream music from the Windows 8 PC -- and the same Xbox can stream music from the Windows 7 laptop on the network. Go figure.


Running Windows 8 fully updated. Xbox 360 (phat/HDMI) fully updated. Running Windows Defender and Windows Firewall. No third party firewall software or anti-virus installed on the PC.


Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!



Thank you for replying. Sorry for the delay.

  1. Which version of Windows is installed on your computer?
  2. Do you also face the same issue?

Let us try the methods below and check.

Refer the article “Share files and folders on a network or a shared PC”

I suggest you to try the troubleshooting steps given under the article “Share files and folders on a network or a shared PC” from the link:

You may also make sure that the sharing is turned “ON” for the network to which the computer is connected. You can refer this link for that: 

For reference:

If the issue still persists, I would suggest you to contact Xbox support for this issue.

You may also post your query in the Xbox Forums from the link given below:

Hope this helps in resolving the issue. If issue persists, do get back to us. We will be glad to assist you.

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Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 1,489 Applies to: