Xbox Music launches October 26, coming to Android eventually

There are plenty of music subscription options available for Android, but this latest comes with a bit of a twist. Xbox Music will launch October 26th, and, if you haven’t figured it out by the service’s name, it’s coming from a direct competitor to Google’s mobile OS. Microsoft will unveil the service initially their own Windows Phone platform as well as Windows 8 and Xbox 360 (duh), but has plans to expand its foothold to Android and iOS through native apps to come at a later date.

Xbox Music picks up where the now-defunct Zune Music Pass left off, allowing users to pay a subscription fee for unlimited streaming music. Likewise, a free ad-supported version of the service will be available. A benefit of Xbox Music is SkyDrive integration, allowing users to store and access their own music catalog in the cloud. No word on when the Android version will be available.

[via WinSource]

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  • DanWazz

    Poor Zune.

  • thatcrazyone

    sweet!!! now i have no reason to buy a windows phone lol! was considering switching for zune as i have and love the service but was not on my S2 :D

  • meltedmoops999

    cough…Google Play Music…cough

    • thatcrazyone

      i have an xbox360 connected to my 1500watt Yamaha system so Google play made no sense, that and it is not available in Canada yet…

      • meltedmoops999

        I can have an aux cable from my phone or laptop into my Bose system streaming Google play music while I play games on my xbox360. lol I just don’t see this service lifting off with Google music, iTunes match and amazon cloud on the market now.

        • thatcrazyone

          well iTunes match and Amazon cloud only stream the music you upload to the cloud and again Google music is only US at the moment as far as i know. where Xbox music is new music streamed to what ever device your near and will be available everywhere on the 26th so they stand a good chance to snag loads of market share.

          • meltedmoops999

            so its kind of like spotify or rdio?

          • thatcrazyone

            ya, you can go through and create play lists ect. and all the newest music will be there for your choosing, i love my zune and with the change it is supposed to be way better with loads more artists to choose from in the update

    • Frettfreak

      I love google music, but it is NOT zune or xbox music… not by a long shot. i have been a zune subscriber since the begining and its pretty awesome. Not anything like google music though.

  • Abefrooman

    To bad it took so long

  • JSYOUNG571

    Will it work for current Windows Phone 7.5 customers is the big question? Microsoft has a history of screwing over current platform customers.

    • thatcrazyone

      i would imagine it will be part of the windows 7.8 update

  • Crimsonshadow774

    LOL Zune. It was relevant until the iPod touch came around.

  • Crickerman

    Subscription music > a la carte… this is good