Microsoft adds music service to Xbox offering
Mobile devices, PCs will also have access to 30 million song catalogue
TechLife | 17 Oct 2012 :
Microsoft has begun rolling out a new streaming music service: Xbox Music. Already available on the Xbox console, the cloud-based service - which has a catalogue of 30 million songs - offers synchronisation of favourites, playlists and more across devices running Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT from 26 October.
Xbox Music comes in two flavours: a free, ad-supported option and an ad-free subscription Music Pass option which includes access to music videos for €9.99 per month. Music can also be purchased through the Xbox Music Store.
Additional Music Pass features include 'smart DJ', a music discovery app that creates instant playlists based on favorite artists; cosial sharing; and cloud synschronisation of users' entire music collections akin to iTunes Match.
Free streaming on Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets and PCs launches 26 October in 15 markets worldwide. Xbox Music Pass 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 Store will also be accessible on Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 in 22 markets worldwide as devices become available.