How To Get Rid Of The Annoying Gray Background In Xbox Music WP8 App

Lumia 1020 MPAtool

Oh, lengthy title, I know. But it’s also something that has annoyed the living hell out of me. I’m not very fond of gray and its shades on my phones, so whenever I fired up the Xbox Music app on WP8 to listen to some music, I’d be welcomed with an ugly, annoying and eye-sore of a color – gray. Apparently, Windows Phone users outside the US aren’t worthy enough to have the album/artist images in the background unlike the users in the US (they always get all the cool stuff, eh?). Any way, this one’s a lengthy introduction too, so I’ll cut to the chase.

Xbox Music WP8 Gray

It’s not an official tool, but it gets the job done. Best of all, it’s free. Ad-supported, but hey, great utility!

So here’s what you got to do:

  • Download the app from here.
  • Open it, now go to Settings and select the highest quality possible for embedding purposes.MPAtool
  • Now, back to the main screen, tap on “artist pictures” and hit “Download all” from the charms bar. Let the app do its thing.
  • When it’s done downloading them images, tap on “attach” and sit back. The app will tell you when it’s done.
  • After that is over, open Xbox Music, tap on Album, tap on a jump list letter and then tap on the globe icon at the last.
  • Select all the items in the said album and delete them.
  • Profit!

The app searches for images on fanart.tv, htbackdrops.com and Nokia Music. I prefer Nokia Music, and that’s where I got them all. You can download and attach for each artist manually, or just leave that to MPAtool. Worked flawlessly on my end.

You’ll get the artist image on the lockscreen too, so it’s all a win-win.

The app was not found in the store. 🙁