The Xbox One released nearly three years ago, but those who enjoyed background music with their Xbox 360 have been extremely frustrated that Microsoft’s latest console still can’t perform this task after being out for so long. That kind of changes today as an Xbox developer took it upon himself to release an app that allows for background music playback through the use of a USB device.
If you have a USB drive connected to your Xbox One with music, you can download the app by going to Store > Apps > and searching for “Background” to find it. The application is called “Simple Background Music Player” and is published by TroubleAcres Apps.
The Simple Background Music Player app for Xbox One supports MP3, FLAC, and WMA music files from a USB device, whether it be a key or external drive, formatted as FAT32 or NTFS. In order to use it, you’ll need to create a folder called “Xbox Music Library”, copy your music to that folder, and then you’re free to play your music in the background once you plug your USB device back in.
While this may not be the solution most people wanted, it's definitely a good option, especially since it comes directly from an Xbox developer. Hopefully this means we're one step closer to getting an actual dedicated application directly from Microsoft that doesn't require so many steps to enjoy some good tunes.