Microsoft unveils new music service Xbox Music

Microsoft unveils new music service Xbox Music
# 16 October 2012 01:03 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Microsoft on Monday introduced Xbox Music, which combines free music streaming, music subscription and purchasing into an all-in-one service, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The company said it will first roll out the service Tuesday on its Xbox 360 video game console and later in October on personal computers (PCs), tablet computers and smartphones running on new versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Xbox Music will come pre-installed as the default music player for the Windows 8 operating system that is to be officially launched on October 26, Microsoft said.

With the new service, users can listen to streaming songs for free, from a catalog of over 30 million titles, on PCs and tablets running on Windows 8.

They can also choose to pay 9.99 U.S. dollars per month to get unlimited access to songs on various devices.

The service includes an on-line store that allows users to buy single songs or entire album on their computers or smartphones. It also allows users to create the so-called "Internet radio" based on their favorite artists.

With Xbox Music being a cloud-based service, users can access their carefully-created playlists and play their favorite music on any device.

"There are a lot of individual services that do a good job, but today there isn’t a service which can pull together the benefits of download-to-own, music subscription, or free streaming services, " Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business Marketing and Strategy, said in a statement.

"With Xbox Music, what we wanted to do is bring all of that value in one simple, easy-to-use service," added Mehdi.

The Xbox Music is Microsoft’s new move to compete with technology giants including Apple and Google, which have launched their own digital music services.

The Xbox Music will eventually be available on other platforms such as Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS as mobile applications, Microsoft said.