Xbox Music launches with 30 million songs

Console, tablet, phone and PC service begins roll-out tomorrow

Microsoft begins the launch of Xbox Music tomorrow, offering 30 million songs for users to stream to their Xbox 360, PC, phone and tablet devices.

The service will offer a number of free features including streaming music on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

But Xbox 360 owners will need to pay a monthly 8.99 / $9.99 fee on top of a Gold subscription for ad-free songs with unlimited playback on the console, as well as access to "tens of thousands" of music videos.

"The launch of Xbox Music is a milestone in simplifying digital music on every type of device and on a global scale," said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.

"We're breaking down the walls that fracture your music experiences today to ensure that music is better and integrated across the screens that you care about most - your tablet, PC, phone and TV."

The service goes live on Xbox 360 tomorrow alongside a dashboard update and later this month with the launch of Windows 8 on October 26.

At a later date Microsoft is promising cloud storage, social features and expansion to other platforms.

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Latest comments (8)

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
I am amazed it has taken them so long.
This further positions the 360 beyond being a mere gaming device.
And it supports the cross platform ambitions of Win8.
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Scott Davis Product Analyst, Jagex Games Studio5 years ago
So a 8.99 monthly subscription on top of the 40 people already pay for Gold? That's almost 150 a year!
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John Bye Lead Designer, Future Games of London5 years ago
As Bruce says, it's surprising it's taken them this long to get it right, given all the other competitors that already have similar services up and running.

Can't say I've tried either service, but it sounds a lot like Sony's Music Unlimited, for example, which has been available on PS3 for about a year now, as well as other Sony devices, smart TVs, blu-ray players and Android, iOS, PC and Macs. There's also been a (third party, I think) free, ad-supported music video streaming service called VidZone on PS3 since 2009.

Although they're very late to the party, Microsoft's advantage is that they can put it front and center on Windows 8, which is sure to annoy Spotify, Sony, Google etc in the same way that the Windows app store is annoying Steam and EA Origin.

Edited 3 times. Last edit by John Bye on 15th October 2012 1:56pm

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Bill Garrison Studying Student, DigiPen Institute of Technology5 years ago
I imagine the difference with Xbox Mucis though is that it can be played in the background of gameplay---that would be my guess anyway. I'm not sure why someone would sit in front of their tv just listening to music.
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Benn Achilleas CEO and Founder, Playabl5 years ago
@bill " I'm not sure why someone would sit in front of their tv just listening to music."

who would've thought MTV would work out? ;)
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Simon Arnet5 years ago
Well, it would probably be touted as the complete entertainment solution to your living room, and I couldn't tell you how many parties I would have loved to have this option as easy as 1, 2, 3.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game5 years ago
It hasn't really taken that long. They've had a very similar service, Zune for years. This is an overhaul and rebrand, like EA download manager to Origin.
Nice that they are adding a free ad supported version though.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis5 years ago
i still don't get it. What does this have over the Zune Pass they already had?
Is it just a rebranding? Is it just the addition of advertising led revenue for non-subscribers?
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