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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  1. Poor Zune.

  2. 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

  3. cough…Google Play Music…cough

    1. 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…

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. so its kind of like spotify or rdio?

          2. 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

    2. 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.

  4. To bad it took so long

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

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

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

  7. Subscription music > a la carte… this is good

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