The Xbox One is first and foremost a game console, but it's also a fine alternative to set-top boxes like the Apple TV or the Roku. You can stream movies, catch up on your favorite TV shows, and even watch live programming. Plus, you can make calls from the couch, check your Twitter feed and stream some tunes.
Here are the best Xbox One apps you can download.
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The Spotify app on Xbox lets you jam out to your favorite tracks on their own or in the background of your gaming session. Customize your listening experience remotely from your smartphone or via the Xbox One's Guide menu. Whether you have a free, unlimited, or premium account, Spotify provides access to over 30 million songs and prearranged playlists based on your listening habits. And if you're a fan of video game soundtracks, you can take advantage of Spotify's dedicated game playlists, including hits from GTA 5 and Final Fantasy.
If you're looking for mix of songs by top artists and emerging talent, SoundCloud is the Xbox One music app for you. Get access to SoundCloud's expansive collection that's playable in the background to your game, or integrate personal playlists from your account. Better yet, utilize the app's hands-free innovation to play, pause or skip tracks with Cortana voice commands.
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Microsoft's game-streaming service Mixer (formerly known as Beam) provides speedy live broadcasts that livestreaming fanatics will appreciate. Customizable soundboards and visual elements to co-streams allow interactivity between streamers and viewers in a fun and personal way, while simple setup makes it easy to stream from anywhere at any time with your Xbox One. When you're not broadcasting or watching a stream, you can socialize with other members directly through the chat feature or community forum.Best of all, Mixer is built right into your Xbox One -- no need to download an app from the store.
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The Xbox One's YouTube app offers streaming access to billions of videos. You can also check out some of the original content recently released on YouTube, like Squad Wars and Mind Field. To access that original content, however, you'll need to be a YouTube Red subscriber, which costs $10 per month. You can even use this app to upload your gameplay clips directly to YouTube.
Sling TV offers live TV without cable, letting you stream dozens of channels over the air, from CNN and ESPN to HGTV and Comedy Central. The service also features an impressive number of on-demand shows and movies. Subscriptions start at a reasonable $20, and you can get all 50 channels for $40 per month. Check out the difference between the Sling Orange and Sling Blue packages to see what each tier offers.
If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, think seriously about downloading Amazon Video to your Xbox One. The app gives you access to all your favorite Amazon shows, like Transparent and Hand of God, but also offers a nice selection of movies and television shows.
The Xbox One's Twitter app brings your feed directly to your TV. From your Xbox One, you can see tweets in real time, send off tweets to friends, and see what's trending on the service. And whenever Twitter or third-parties are streaming live video, you can kick back and watch that, too. For instance, Twitter live streams MLB games and some NFL games.