Microsoft's Xbox Music service launching on the 360 tomorrow

Shawn Knight

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Outfits like Pandora and Spotify have helped pave the way for a growing list of streaming music providers, once again changing the way we all access and consume our favorite songs. Microsoft will be next on that list as they...

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Gareis

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Sorry mods, no Edit option,
Even if I purchased an Xbox, I would never purchase Xbox live...

It won't be long now until sony implements this into their playstations.

(Turns out there is an edit option, but it doesn't show on iPads, same with facebook -.-)
 

howzz1854

TS Evangelist
Exactly like spotify... again... still following other's footsteps. until microsoft come out with something innovative, people aren't going to just switch over.
 

NTAPRO

TS Evangelist
Sorry mods, no Edit option, even if I purchased an Xbox, I would never purchase Xbox live...

It won't be long now until sony implements this into their playstations.
They didn't already have some kind of music streaming app thingie?
 

ikesmasher

TS Evangelist
They had zune which wasent really streaming.
And I own xbox and xbox live, and ill just stick to free spotify on my PC k thx.
 

Relic

TechSpot Chancellor
Exactly like spotify... again... still following other's footsteps. until microsoft come out with something innovative, people aren't going to just switch over.
They had the Zune Pass, which was actually the best service available for music lovers. For $14.99 a month you got unlimited music (offline) to your devices (PC/Zune/WP7), streaming for the 360, and you could unlock 10 songs a month DRM free to keep.

With them fading away from the Zune brand and turning it into Xbox Music, they dropped the price to $9.99, added the streaming option to other devices, removed the 10 songs you get to keep and upped the requirements necessary for the service.

So unless I'm missing something from Microsoft's press release, they transitioned away from a unique and arguably the best service around to a more standard streaming service which there are several of. From what I read some of the more popular Zune features may comeback, and Microsoft apparently plans on expanding this. But as of launch, the service at least to me seems like a downgrade, and I'm surprised no ones mentioned it.
 
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