Meet XBox Music: Microsoft's New Digital Music Service
Microsoft just announced its newest digital music service called XBox Music. Microsoft claim it to be the ultimate all-in-one music service with over 30 million songs to its disposal.
The cloud-powered music service integrates your music experiences accross your tablet, PC, phone and TV. Microsoft label the XBox Music as "All the music you love, every way you want it."
Initially, Microsoft will offer free music streaming on Windows 8 and Windows RT tablet. Each experience is cloud-based for immediate access to your entire music catalog, making music management simple. With the cloud sync feature, your favorite playlists are no longer held captive by the individual device on which they live. Free streaming on Windows 8 and Windows RT tablet and PCs launches on October 26, 2012 in 15 markets worldwide.
For XBox Music Pass subscribers, they'll pay $9.99 per month that'll give them ad-free, unlimited playback of any track in the XBox Music catalog across their tablet, PC, phone and XBox 360. Subscribers can create the perfect playlists on their Windows 8 or Windows RT tablet and see it automatically appear on their XBox 360 or Windows Phone 8. The paid service will be available for Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 in 22 markets worldwide; it will begin rolling out tomorrow on XBox 360 in the same markets.
XBox Music launches with a global catalog on par with iTunes, offering 30 million tracks from some of the leading music labels around the world. Microsoft will continue introducing XBox Music in new regions around the world throughout the coming year. XBox Music Store will also be accessible on Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 in 22 markets worldwide. XBox Music will also be available on Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs tablets and on mobile phones, starting with Windows Phone 8 at launch and additional platforms later.
XBox Music service will begin a worldwide roll out starting October 16, 2012 on XBox 360. iTunes and other digital music streaming services, watch out!