We're excited to announce that we've fully migrated the Xbox Forums to their new home, here on the Microsoft Community forums!
As of today, going to forums.xbox.com will redirect you here to the Xbox area of the Community forums. We've moved all of your existing threads over so you can continue and start conversations with the new forums experience.
We sincerely appreciate the feedback you have provided over this transition and can't wait for you to check out the new Xbox Forums!
You should test your connection. You could be experiencing low quality because the system is unable to stream anymore. Netflix has a similar system where the quality will lower if it can't keep up to avoid buffering.
This is a little late, but I'm sympathetic to the OPs dilemma. I'm considering a subscription to similar services but after different free trials I've concluded Xbox Music pass has the lowest stream rate of any online music service amongst the big 4 or
5. Downloaded content is at 320 kbs, streaming is only 192 kbs. Average listeners over pc speakers or earbuds won't care, but anyone who have sunk $$$ into audio equipment can absolutely tell the emptiness of the bit rate on Xbox compared to others. If
you think its a fad, consider Jay-Z has invested in higher bit rates for streaming services with their acquisition of Tidal (which has the highest of all streaming services at over 1400 kbs). Microsoft needs to bring it. I don't think it should be expected
to compete with Tidal at $19/mo., but at the same price point as other services of $9/mo. you shouldn't on get half the bit rate of other services. Come on Microsoft...just be good at something, or over achieve for once. Let the weak link of my streaming
service be the ISP or my machine not the streaming service. I'll probably have to opt for Tidal until MS kicks it up a notch or 20.
I thought the XB1 supported the best sound out there (7.1 surround sound), so what's the issue? The quality of the sound? Hmm... Never bothered me, but then again, I'm hard of hearing - as long as I can hear it, I'm good to go. :P