Posted 01/13/2014 at 9:37 AM
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Back in September of last year, Microsoft launched its Xbox Music service on iOS – furthering the company’s assault on various media platforms. While the music streaming service was a very welcome addition to the App Store, Microsoft found itself at an immediate disadvantage against the likes of Spotify, Rdio, and Google All Access Music, due to the lack of one major feature – offline playback. With its latest update, Redmond has levelled the playing field.
From now on, users of the iOS Xbox Music service will be able to make playlists available offline, allowing them to listen to their favorite tunes on the metro or even on a plane, Microsoft says. This is the one feature that subscribers have been asking for since launch and, while it could be considered a little overdue, the fact that it is now here will allow the software giant to expand the reach of the service and rival the big boys of the streaming realm.
Much like Spotify, the new feature requires you to create playlists to be cached for offline listening. It will also require an Xbox Music Pass, which is available for $9.99 a month or $99 a year. As well as offline playback, a Pass will provide you with unlimited ad-free music streaming and access to the Microsoft music video catalogue of over 70,000 songs – all of which can be streamed to Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.
At the time of writing, there is no word on exactly when the feature will be available for Android; however, one imagines it will not be too long.
If you have not yet tried Xbox Music, there’s no better time than now to do so. New users can currently enjoy a free 30-day trial of the full service. There is also a limited ad-supported version; however, this version is without offline playback availability.