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.
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