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Click an individual item and this clean group of playback options appears. If you have an Xbox, you can play the selection directly from your PC or device. If you're a Zune Pass subscriber, you can play any album and add it to your local collection for offline playback
The Music app take advantage of the ability of Metro style apps to snap to the side of the screen. If you're playing an album or playlist, the contents appear in the snapped pane, along with easy-to-access pause and back/forward controls. (The volume buttons, on the other hand, take some digging...an oversight that really should be corrected before the final release.)
The Metro style Photos app brings together pictures from local and cloud-based sources. Click teh Settings charm to display the options shown here, where I've temporarily disabled the Flickr account.
Pro tip: Install the SkyDrive desktop app for Windows and you can see photos stored locally on other SkyDrive-enabled devices in this same view.