News by Andrew Kameka on Monday October 15, 2012.
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Microsoft today announced a new cloud-based music streaming service that will deliver millions of songs to its Xbox 360 gaming console. In an effort to combat Spotify, Xbox Music will also stream music on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Android and, Apple iOS devices.
Microsoft announced that Xbox Music will deliver an "all-in-one" music streaming solution that challenges Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes at once. Xbox Music has a streaming radio option to discover new music, an on-demand option to listen to songs as much as a user desires, and the ability to purchase a song for full ownership. The service offers more than 30 million songs and lets users choose how to consume them. An ad-supported free streaming option is available on Windows 8, but a $9.99 Xbox Music Pass enables on-demand listening and extends support to mobile devices. Playlists and library information will sync across devices, and a cloud storage option for uploading a song library.
Xbox Music works across devices. While Xbox and Windows 8 users will be among the first to stream music, Windows Phone 8 users will also be able to listen to Xbox Music on their phone. Android and iOS apps are forthcoming, but no release date has been named for either platform. Windows Phone 7 users will, unfortunately, not be able to access Xbox Music. Microsoft will instead focus on its existing Zune services for legacy users, according to comments made to The Verge.source: Microsoft
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