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Xbox Music service to offer streaming subscription, traditional purchasing

By Ben Strauss

Xbox Music service to offer streaming subscription, traditional purchasing

Tue 03 Jul 2012 5:57pm GMT / 1:57pm EDT / 10:57am PDT

New Microsoft music platform to offer storage for small fee, playable on multiple devices, according to Bloomberg

Microsoft's newly announced Xbox Music service, a new downloading feature unveiled at E3 that will be available on a wide array of platforms such as Windows 8 devices and the Xbox 360, is set to launch quite soon. New information has surfaced that the software giant is looking to offer a subscription-based streaming service, as well as offer purchasable tracks for a fee.

Xbox Music will also work close to what is currently offered by Zune, which allows for storage and playing from devices. The new platform is set to also offer an 'online locker' that will let cloud storage happen for a nominal fee.

As of this time, there is no word on just who is going to be joining Microsoft on competing with such groups as Spotify and iTunes, and according to Bloomberg none of the major music companies have commented on the matter.

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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I'm confused. The main reason for enabling the storage of tracks on a streaming service is that sometimes you don't have a reliable connection, or you are on mobile internet with low data caps. Why the heck would you need a cloud storage solution, that costs even a nominal extra, when you could stream the data anyway? Unless I've missed something someone just stuck cloud storage in for the sake of it.
Zune just seemed to offer the same as Spotify with less options, (no free ad supported service, no cheaper service if you just want to stream to pc, or indeed Deezer's cheaper offer if you only want mobile, only supported on MS devices, whereas Spotify and Deezer both work on WP7 as well as iOS/Android etc), and it's one USP, that you got 10 tracks a month to keep, which was US only, has been scrapped for new customers after the rebrand.
So, what are they going to do to make this more appealing than Spotify or rivals?

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