Microsoft's Xbox Music is coming to the web

By on June 26, 2013, 10:00 AM
microsoft, android, ios, music, web, zune, mp3, xbox music, music app

Microsoft may not exactly be a music powerhouse, but they have definitely ventured into this space before. Prior to 2010, the Zune was a well-recognized music player which was accompanied by the Zune Music Marketplace, home to over 11 million tracks. However, slumping sales persuaded Microsoft to reinvent the brand, and they merged the struggling music division with their popular Xbox platform. Xbox Music was the end result; an ad-supported streaming service that competes with Apple iTunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3, and Spotify.

According to The Verge, the web-based version of Xbox Music will be launched next week. This will effectively extend its coverage to iOS and Android devices since the user can simply open their browser to receive full functionality. Previously, the music streaming service was only available on Microsoft’s own products, including the Xbox 360 console, Windows Phone 8 smartphones, and Windows 8 PCs and tablets. The obvious next move is to design specialized apps for iOS and Android; a development which Microsoft says is currently in progress.

In anticipation of the transition, Microsoft has already made simple updates to its Xbox Music pages, discreetly writing that it’s “now available on the web”. Early reports suggest that the Microsoft service will soon be found at the domain ''. The Verge has reportedly recieved leaked screenshots of the web version, shown below.

In addition to the new browser version, Microsoft is also updating its Xbox Music app for compatibility with Windows 8.1. Although little is known about the revamped application, the new design will reportedly feature a two-panel display, as well as support for SD cards. 

It’s likely that Microsoft will use this week’s Build developer conference to provide even more details about the Xbox Music service.

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122jimbo 122jimbo said:

Does that mean I cant use the Zune Software anymore to listen to my music? I have to go on my Web Browser to listen to it???? If this is true then they is a major step back in the wrong direction.

Timonius Timonius said:

See Microsoft Zune. See Microsoft Quit. See Zune Fail. See Xbox Music. See...?

SammyJames said:

Yay. I'm going to drink a Zima while I play with my old Zune player, simultaneously playing on my brand-new X-Box One while downloading Windows 8.1.

Isn't there a third-party company who could (perhaps?!) just make both Microsoft and Apple look like the ***** clubs that they have become? Sony, maybe...?! (For gamers, this will be true -- but how about for content creators...?)

kissx kissx said:

Zune software is simply the best. Is it going away??? Hope not.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Zune software is simply the best. Is it going away??? Hope not.
Sorry, the best "music playing software", are CDs, and the standalone thingys that spin them around.

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