Xbox Music service launches October 26 - Report

Microsoft could be set to launch Xbox Music alongside Windows 8 on October 26. The Verge cites multiple sources familiar with Microsoft's plans with the new service, which will appear on Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox 360.

The service will operate similarly to the current Zune Music Pass and Spotify, with both subscriptions and free ad-supported listening. Zune subscribers will find all of their content and subscriptions transferred to the new service, according to its FAQ. Users will also be able to store music and playlists in Microsoft SkyDrives, allowing easy access between supported devices.

iOS and Android apps are also planned for Xbox Music, but will not be immediately available. An Xbox dashboard update is planned around the launch of the service to add support for the console, the sources said.




  • Shinn - October 4, 2012 6 a.m.

    Windows Phone and Windows 8? Not the strongest place to start...
  • WinkedUp Lozza - October 3, 2012 6:28 p.m.

    Yay, a service that won't use it's own proprietry music format! No more shitty AAC!
  • samsneeze - October 3, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    I can already stream music from my PC while playing games on my Xbox. Dragon Quest V's soundtrack is how I managed to get through Final Fantasy Xiii without going crazy. And the Shenmue II OST is the only thing that kept me playing Skyrim for as long as I did. This New thing is completely unnecessary.
  • suade907 - October 3, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    I will never buy a song from MS. Years ago I had purchased a few for a zune I had and after upgrading computers I could not re-download them. Also once my zune synced it removed all the songs that were not on my pc from my device. Essentially MS screwed me. Never again. Amazon all the way.
  • LoboMau - October 3, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    I forgot to add that you can also listen to music that you have stored on your pc. Tversity comes to my mind right now, but there are other programs and ways to accomplish the same. Windows Media Center doesn't work that good because you can't be listening to music and playing games at the same time.

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