Xbox Music launching with Windows 8 on October 26

Xbox Music launching with Windows 8 on October 26The end of October is shaping up to be prettaaaay busy. For starters, we’ve got EE’s highly anticipated 4G rollout on October 30.

The other big event is of course the arrival of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and the Microsoft Surface tablet, and now we’re hearing that they’ll be joined by Xbox Music.

In a nutshell, Xbox Music will be a Spotify-style music streaming service, with paid subscriptions alongside a free option with ads.

The Verge, citing “multiple sources familiar with Microsoft's plans”, reports that Xbox Music will be available for “Windows Phone” (including older pre-Apollo versions?), Windows 8 and Xbox 360. That’ll necessitate some sort of dashboard update for the latter.

Of course, with Microsoft’s SkyDrive, you’ll be able to store music and playlists and that in the cloud.

Microsoft is also said to be working on apps for different platforms, including iOS and Android.

Incidentally, remember Apple was planning a music streaming service? Whatever happened to that idea?

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Pondlife  Oct. 4, 2012 at 13:04

BBC apparently planning streaming music thing too.

satchef1  Oct. 4, 2012 at 22:58

I hope they keep it in the same vein as Zune Pass while borrowing a few ideas from Spotify (social playlists etc.). I'm not sure how things are on Spotify now, but back when I was a paid-up subscriber, I couldn't download albums to 'offline mode'. I had to download playlists. If I wanted a whole album, I had to make a playlist for that album. If I wanted an artist's entire back-catalogue, things would get messy. Spotify's insistence on everything being a playlist annoyed me, which is why, after buying a WP7 handset and giving Zune a try, I stuck with that. It was more like iTunes - very album/artist friendly. While that is all good, I certainly miss finding new music through downloading Drowned In Sound's playlists each week.


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