Microsoft Plays Catch Up with Xbox Music
Xbox Music started rolling out last week across the Xbox game console user-base, replacing the Zune marketplace and it will be baked into more devices as part of the Windows 8 launch from October 26th onward.
It offers music fans access to a library of over 30M songs globally (18M in the US) and is launching in 15 countries. The service offers a free ad-supported tier that will allow users to stream music via their PC (much like Spotify Free) and a $10/month premium version that will work across PC, the Xbox gaming console, and Windows 8 Phones.
Microsoft will also be launching an iOS and Android app next year that will extend the service beyond just Windows based machines taking the fight squarely to Apple and Google.
This is Microsoft’s the biggest move in music since the launch of Zune 5 years ago.