XBox Music is almost here
They have been working on it for a while, but now Microsoft have finally unveiled XBox Music.
The service goes live from tomorrow.
According to Gizmodo the new service is basically Xbox Music Pass and Xbox Music Store together.
Music Pass is a streaming service that replaces Zune Music Pass with both a freemium tier and a $10 per month plan, similar to Spotify or Rdio. The freemium level gets you unlimited streaming to Windows 8 PCs or tablets, while the $10 subscription lets you download songs, and use the service on your Xbox and Windows Phone. The Music Store is similar to any other digital music store, like iTunes.
For those of you who are not fans of Microsoft Points you will be pleased to hear that XBox Music uses money.
The music you stream and the music you buy will sit together on your app.
At the moment it is only going to be for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 users for the foreseeable future. Xbox Music isn’t available on iOS or Android or OS X at launch. And Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 won’t be updated for it at all. That sucks. The official line on cross-platform is “within a year.”