Microsoft 'breaks down the walls' with Xbox Music

Microsoft 'breaks down the walls' with Xbox MusicA couple of weeks ago we heard that Microsoft was preparing to launch Xbox Music alongside Windows 8 on October 26.

Well, turns out that wasn’t quite right, as Microsoft fired out a meaty press release just a few hours ago, and the service – which we’re told has a catalogue “on par with iTunes” – begins rolling out today.

Xbox Music lands initially on – you guessed it – the Xbox 360, and is part of the 2012 console update. It'll join Windows 8 at launch in 11 days.

Key features of Xbox Music include free streaming for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, though that’ll be limited after the first six months.

An Xbox Music Pass, meanwhile, gives you unlimited, ad-free access to 30 million tracks. It’ll be $9.99 per month (UK pricing to be confirmed).

The Xbox Music Store also welcomes purchases of single tracks or entire albums, while Smart DJ “is a quick and dynamic way to personalize your collection, discover new favorites and create ultimate playlists by launching instant mixes based on your favorite artists.”

Cloud Storage for Xbox Music will follow “in the coming year”, and welcomes tracks acquired outwith Xbox Music.

Microsoft also confirms plans for “Platform Expansion”. The aforementioned rumour tipped Xbox Music for iOS and Android.

“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 Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business.

“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.”

via: Microsoft

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 15, 2012 at 12:22

hahahaha Breakers of walls, fighters for consumer freedom.
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

justd80010  Oct. 15, 2012 at 12:52

@JanSt - If you can use the service not only across the Windows ecosystem but across platforms as well that's more freedom than you have today. Nobody has to put on a cape and tights, just provide a great experience at an affordable price, that's all we're owed.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 15, 2012 at 13:03

@JanSt - If you can use the service not only across the Windows ecosystem but across platforms as well that's more freedom than you have today. Nobody has to put on a cape and tights, just provide a great experience at an affordable price, that's all we're owed.

Too true. That's why I added 'see how this plays out'. I can't, at this point, argue against the idea. Maybe MS learned from the competition. Maybe not. When they launched WP7 they took the worst from iOS and Apple, and killed all that was good in WinMo. But it appears Apollo will correct many of those errors.
But going on MS's own past 'behaviour' I see some potential stumbling blocks. That's all.
And that is just my personal POV as it is now.
I do, however believe my skepticism is justified. To stay with WP (as an example) - the costly launch of the first Lumias, the dubious 'launch' of the hyped Lumia 920 that posed more questions than it answered etc etc... I think I am entitled to my skepticism.
Lets add the 'odd' purchase of Skype etc etc.
We'll see.
For me it's just something fascinating to observe. There is no way I'm going to buy Win8, or give MS anymore of my personal data than what they have already pilfered.

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