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Posted 09/09/2013 at 8:47 PM
Posted 3 years ago
Microsoft has announced that one of its best products, Xbox Music, will be made available on Android and iOS.
Currently only accessible to Xbox and Windows 8 device owners, Xbox Music is one of Microsoft’s prize assets, even if they don’t know it. The service launched just under a year ago on Window Phone’s, Windows RT and 8 tablets, Xbox 360 and PC, and offered users the chance to stream more than 30 million tracks free for up to 10 hours. However, poor promotion, even on the company’s own devices, gave the impression that Xbox Music was never going to reach the heights its brilliance deserved. Thankfully, just as Apple plans to rollout iTunes Radio, Microsoft has seen the light and realized that it has a service good enough to compete with the best of Cupertino and other streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify.
Originally known as Zune Pass, the service will operate in similar way to Hulu and Spotify, in that the web service will be offered free (with adverts) while mobile will require a subscription. Known as the “Xbox Music Pass” the subscription will cost users $9.99 per month or $99.99 for a year of full, unlimited streaming access across all devices. A pass will also give Xbox users access to music videos on their consoles.
“Xbox Music now, more than ever, powers music experiences between Windows 8, Xbox, Windows Phone, and now iOS, Android and the Web,” said general manager of Xbox Music, Jerry Johnson “We’re also excited to connect artists with their fans on the most anticipated consumer product of the year when Xbox One launches Nov. 22.”
The fee to use the service on Android and iOS currently only covers music streaming; however, Redmond promises that offline listening will be included in the updates for both platforms in the coming months.
Whether the expansion of Xbox Music was always part of the plan for Microsoft, or the company is rolling it out on rival operating systems because it did not boost Windows 8 user numbers in the way that they hoped, is something only the guys over at Redmond will know. However, whatever the reason, the fact that it now available on Android and iOS is great for consumers.