Microsoft officially introduces Xbox Music, with iOS and Android apps planned for the future

It seems that the music streaming industry is becoming increasingly popular, with the likes of Last.fm, Pandora and Spotify quickly emerging as household names. For most consumers, Spotify is the first choice in music streaming, but soon, that could all change, as Microsoft has announced Xbox Music, which is set to be a convenient service to rival Spotify as the choice of the people.

So, what is Xbox Music? Well, it’s the latest “all-in-one music service” to be announced, and although it comes from what is probably the most hated company in Apple culture (it’s Microsoft, pay attention), Xbox Music, on paper, will surely give Spotify a run for its money.

With a gargantuan 30 million tracks to be listened to for free (with ads) on Windows 8 devices from day one, with the ability to pay for an ad-free service with support for playback on Xbox 360 consoles and Windows Phone 8 products, I’m sure that Xbox Music will take off like a rocket, especially with WP8 lovers. However, that just scratches the surface of what Xbox Music will do, as Xbox users will be able to create playlists, artist stations, and purchase any tracks they wish to keep. Plus, it can all be stored in the cloud, so no more deleting tracks to download the latest app, or whatever else WP8 users like to do (I don’t know any myself).

Okay then, where does Apple fit into this? I’m getting to that. Microsoft has announced that Xbox Music will launch on the Xbox 360 on 16 October (tomorrow, at the time of writing), and on Windows 8 on October 26 (doubtless this release date also incorporates WP8, not that anyone uses it, obviously). Also -and here’s where Apple is involved – Microsoft is working on iOS and Android apps to roll out “eventually”.

If you’re interested in Xbox Music, and want to play it on all your devices (except your Windows Phone, because, as I have established, no-one uses them), then you’re looking at a fee of $9.99 per month. This means it is on par with Spotify, the king of music streaming services.

The question is, would you choose Xbox Music over Spotify, Pandora or Last.fm? It certainly seems tempting to me, and I’d probably opt for Xbox Music if I wanted such a service. Personally, I use iTunes, mainly because I’m not a fan of using apps on consoles, although that’s just my opinion.

 

Via: phonedog

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  • LolaGrace

    Microsoft Music Making AppleSauce? The online music wars are definitely providing fodder for the media juggernaut.
     
    We’re witnesses to a seismic shift in how music is both perceived and delivered ever since the Napster reared its (some might say) ugly head. I actually thought it was kinda cute. If XBOX enjoys just some of the organic traction it achieved in the gaming arena with XBLA then Apple minus Steve Jobs might actually start to feel some tremors if they haven’t already.
     
    For my part I’m getting 99% of my music fix from recently launched fuhshniZZle [ http://www.fuhshnizzle.com ] which has integrated YouTube music videos in a myriad of ways from playlists to actually turning any album into its music video equivalent. No commercials, no registration, incredible playlists, every album available courtesy of Discogs, and they just added a Pandora Radio like feature that lets you take any music video in your playlists and immediately turn it into a custom channel. 
     
    Best of all I can share any video or even entire mixes from fuhshniZZle to my facebook wall with just a click. I love making mixes for my friends…

  • http://www.sahomeloans.org.za/ NatoshaHodgson

    it comes from what is probably the most hated company.
     
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  • Twit_of_Tweet

    i wud totally use Xbox Music for ma Xbox 360 & ma iPhone 4!! ^_^ n id pay the $9.99 every friggin month =}