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Microsoft planning to show Xbox music service at E3 - report

Microsoft planning to show Xbox music service at E3 - report

Wed 25 Apr 2012 7:06pm GMT / 3:06pm EDT / 12:06pm PDT
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Sources have indicated that the Xbox will be getting a Spotify-like music service soon

Anonymous sources have told the Verge that Microsoft will be showing off a new Xbox music service during E3 2012. The new music service is code-named Woodstock and will be replacing the near-dead Zune brand.

Woodstock will reportedly be available on Xbox 360, Windows 8, Android, iOS, and web browsers. The service is said to integrate with Facebook, letting users build group playlists with friends. It will also feature an iTunes Match-like option, allowing consumers to scan their existing music collections into the service.

While Woodstock is reportedly being shown off at E3 2012, the service is not expected to launch until this Fall, when Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are released. Existing Zune pass subscribers may have some way to migrate to the new service when it launches.

Will this fare any better than Microsoft's Zune did?

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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I never understood why MS removed the 10 tracks to keep for the European release, which they had in the US, despite the fact that in Europe they had to compete with Spotify.
Other issues are that anyone wanting to pay 10 or thereabouts on a service like this probably expects to use it on their phone, seeing as WP7 has a low install base compared to iOS or Android it was never going to steal those customers, maybe the should have considered an Android release, but that was never going to happen. And there was no free Ad supported service like Spotify or Deezer in which to hook in users. The ability to play on Xbox is ok, but to me is a bit borked if you can't run it in the background whilst playing games or browsing the rest of the front-end/store (so I have to put a pc or phone on to listen whilst playing, and then I can use a free service instead).
I would consider Zune now I have a WP7 except my phone provider supplies feeder free, but WP7 users are to limited a group for this to make a difference, they really need to look at Spotify and compete, rather than think if it appears on Xbox, they will come. Removing one of the better USPs in the keeper tracks was a bad start.

Posted:2 years ago

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Andrew Clayton QA Weapons Tester, Electronic Arts

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The real question is how much are they going to charge for it?

Posted:2 years ago

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