Microsoft Announces New Streaming Service, Xbox Music

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Xbox MusicIt’s about high time for a reboot of Microsoft’s music service, and it’s coming soon under the moniker Xbox Music.

Microsoft announced its Xbox Music streaming service today, which will go live tomorrow on Xbox 360 and will be featured as part of Windows 8, as well as Windows Phone 8. Xbox Music, which also streams music videos, will supposedly not be supported on Windows 7 or Windows Phone 7, though those users will still be able to use Zune Music and will have access to all of the songs in the Xbox Music catalog for download.

The service, which is similar to Pandora and Spotify in nature, will have unlimited free streaming on Windows 8 for the first six months when the OS is released on October 26. After that, the free streaming becomes time limited (10 hours per month), but users can also buy an Xbox Music Pass for $9.99 per month or $99 per year for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. With the pass, users will not only be able to enjoy unlimited streaming, but also ad-free music and the ability to store tracks for offline listening.

The new Xbox Music content will supplement the existing content on Microsoft’s platforms, adding 30 million global songs (18 million in the US) to the company’s media catalog. Those interested in trying out the service can do so on the Xbox 360 tomorrow via a 30-day free trial.

Source: Washington Post

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