Microsoft has launched its web-based version of its music streaming service, Xbox Music.
The Spotify-rival service went live yesterday (1st July), and had previously been available only on Windows 8 and RT tablets, the Xbox or Windows smartphones. Xbox Music has probably been announced to tie-in with the release of the Xbox One. Microsoft has marketed their new console as less of a gaming device, and more of an ‘all-in-one’ entertainment system.
Xbox Music has a huge array of tracks for streaming, and 18 million songs available for download. It also has a Smart DJ feature, similar to Pandora, where users can make stations tailored to their music tastes, or to specific artists.
The Xbox Music launch comes after Apple released its own music streaming service last month, iRadio. The service costs $9.99 a month or $99.90 for a year. It’s pretty similar pricing to its competitors, but we think it’ll really see an uptake of users in people who want to listen to music through their Xbox game consoles, or tablets.
However, one way in which it really stands out is with the tracks you can download. Included in the price of the Xbox Music Pass, you can download an unlimited amount of songs, to listen to offline or on your Windows devices. You can have up to four devices for each Xbox Music Pass, so it’ll be really cool for users to be able to listen to and sync their music across all their platforms.
If you’re interested in trying out the service, Microsoft is offering new users a 30 day free trial of Xbox Music, so check it out now.