When it comes to listening to music there are very few sources that can rival the unique characteristics that have made Pandora enormously popular. Sirius radio, iTunes, and Spotify just to name a few that are increasingly popular for music lovers. Microsoft is looking to step up their music game and add their name as a reliable and popular music source to the public by introducing the new Xbox music.
The last time Microsoft made headlines for their music was the Zune, remember the Zune? Yes that boxy looking device that was supposed to rival the likes of the iPod, and other Mp3 players. I think it’s safe to say that Microsoft laid a big egg on that one, but they are hoping a successful version of the new Xbox music can wash that bad taste out their mouth.
The Xbox music is Microsoft’s new all-in-One Music service that is included in a rolling update to Xbox LIVE starting Tuesday October 16, 2012 and will be expanded when Windows 8 launches on Oct. 26 explains corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business Marketing and Strategy, Yusuf Mehdi. He described the Xbox music as a unique combination of free-streaming radio, music subscription services and music purchasing options.
From the looks of things, Xbox music is trying to combine all of your music services into one large area either on the Xbox 360 or windows phone, tablet. Right now it has the ability to stream music online like Pandora does, pick out specific songs like you can with Spotify, and has the iTunes library look and feel to it.
“I’m excited about the new Xbox music as a consumer I myself am a big music fan and this really will replace all of those other services I’ve been using,” Mehdi said.
The music library looks to turn heads as well with an impressive 30 million songs, which should add excitement for users to find whatever kind of music their heart desires. With Xbox music having the hip cloud-base service available users can transfer their play list, and streaming stations to their phone, tablet, PC or console for free according to Microsoft. As far as the new Windows 8 operation system goes Xbox music will be integrated into the system as the default music player.
“Over the past several years we have discovered that managing and consuming music has gotten to be hard work, so our aspirations for Xbox Music are big.” principal program manager for Microsoft’s Xbox Music Scott Porter said.
“We want to address the multiple ways that people are listening to music, then put those all in one easy-to-use and beautifully well crafted place,” Porter added.
There is a bit of gray area when it comes to the individuals that have an Xbox 360. For those users, the Xbox music app will be available for free but only for a 30-day trial period, after that you will have to pay a $10 monthly fee for the music service. While on the other hand individuals with Window 8 will be able to try out the Xbox music app for a 6 month trial period according to Yahoo. The Xbox music team is already looking ahead to next year as they mention the Xbox music app will be available for iOS and android and will have the same free streaming limits as the Windows 8 app.
“The excitement around Xbox and music is just beginning, the team is extremely excited to see where this goes, and to were eager to bring a whole new world of interactivity to things like movies, television, games and music,” Mehdi said.
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