Sep 09 AT 8:47 AM Jess Blanchard 6 Comments

Xbox Music to offer free online streaming, new mobile app


Xbox Music is taking a page from Spotify’s book. The service is now free for all users over the web, and mobile apps launched for both iOS and Android today.

Windows 8 users have enjoyed free streaming for some time now, but with this new move Microsoft hopes to reign in paid customers. Similar to (or exactly like) Spotify’s business model, Xbox Music will be free to stream over the web, while the mobile app will require a paid subscription. You can purchase an Xbox Music Pass for $10 a month or $100 a year when paid in full. Web streaming will be completely free and unlimited for six months; access becomes more limited after that.

While Microsoft is obviously emulating Spotify and Rdio in this endeavor, Xbox Music still lacks much of the functionality that makes those services appealing. Currently, the mobile app does not provide the ability to play tracks offline, although Microsoft claims that feature will be added “in the coming months.”  Xbox Music also doesn’t allow users to link out to tracks. And according to recent user reviews, catalog browsing and automated playlist creation, as seen in Google Music, are conspicuously absent.

If you’re interested in giving Xbox Music a try, download the app using the market package below. It’s free to try for 30 days.


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Source: engadget

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  • donger

    Nice alternative.

  • Max.Steel

    I’m still going to stick with Play Music All Access.

    • donger

      Yup yup.

  • pjamies

    It’s funny to watch MS play catch up/Fix up these days..

    Things Steve will be remembered for .. Vista, Zune, Win8, XBox One ..
    Way to go Ballmer!

  • mecky33

    Meh, sticking with Play Music All Access as well. Did the Napster thing till Rhapsody completely screwed it up. Switched to Slacker and it was OK, but the ads were annoying and the app wasn’t polished. So far I really like All Access, just wish I could “build” stations by genre or with multiple artists.

  • Darrell G

    Wish there was a free version of the mobile app, I’d be more likely to consider changing over if there was. And really, why haven’t any of the major radio apps included video yet? I switch off between pandora and torch music, but I’d prefer an app with both.