The 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?