Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds

Microsoft Launches Rival Music Service To iTunes

10/16/2012
.
Microsoft are going head to head with Apple's iTunes service with today's launch of their Xbox Music Service.

Microsoft released the new platform today via their Xbox 360 service and will expand it to include the desktop when Windows 8 launches on October 26th.

The company bills Xbox Music as an "all-in-one music service combines the best aspects of free-streaming radio, music subscription services and music purchasing options, all in one elegant package."

They provided these details in their announcement: Xbox Music, Microsoft's new all-in-one music service, specially designed to let users listen to music in exactly the way they want, begins rolling out to millions of people around the world Oct. 16 on the Xbox 360, then to the masses with Windows 8 on Oct. 26.

Corporate vice president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi says, "No longer do people have to rely on service hopping to get the music they love.

For example, Mehdi explains, here's a not-that-outlandish scenario for a music lover today: you're listening to an Internet radio station at work, say Pandora, and you hear a new song you love. You quickly stop what you're doing and bookmark the song before it stops playing. Later, in the car, you open Pandora to look up the name of the bookmarked song, then you open Spotify so you can use your subscription to listen to it again. Two weeks later, you're thoroughly in love with the song, and decide you want to buy it so you can burn it to a mix CD you're making a friend, so you purchase the MP3 on Amazon or iTunes.

"There are a lot of individual services that do a good job, but today there isn't a service which can pull together the benefits of download-to-own, music subscription, or free streaming services," Mehdi says. "With Xbox Music, what we wanted to do is bring all of that value in one simple, easy-to-use service, then build some additional value on top make it really beautiful, and have it work across all of your devices. We've been able to simplify the music experience in a really powerful way."

Mehdi says Xbox Music will have arguably the largest music catalog of all music services, with 30 million songs, and that the experience offers a fantastic way of discovering new music. He says Xbox Music also will be the only all-in-one music service that enables users to listen to music in whatever way and on whatever device they choose.

"I'm excited as a consumer because I myself am a big music fan and this really will replace all of those other services I've been using," Mehdi says. "From a business perspective, Xbox Music is a great way to show the world what Xbox means for broader entertainment on their phone, tablet, PC or console."

With Xbox Music, users can listen to individual songs or full albums for free on their Windows 8-based tablet and PC; create music mixes and playlists; create artist-based Internet radio stations; use Smart DJ to create playlists with unlimited skipping; and purchase the music they want to own.

"We're going to power what we feel is going to be the best music experience for users of Windows 8, and it's the only operating system on a tablet that can do free streaming because of the rights we've secured," Mehdi says. "It's a great reason to buy Windows 8." Xbox Music also has options for those who want to integrate their personal music library into their "digital music life," says Scott Porter, principal program manager for Xbox Music.

And, because Xbox Music is a cloud-based service, users can take those carefully curated playlists, their favorite artists, and their streaming stations anywhere, and play them on any device.

Purchasing an Xbox Music Pass for US$9.99 a month will allow users to take that music to the cloud, letting them enjoy the collection they've curated on other devices such as Windows Phone 8 and Xbox 360. "All they'll need to do is sign in, and they'll instantly have all of their content on that device, including access to the playlists they've built," Porter says.

Xbox T-shirts and Posters


Share this article


antiMUSIC News featured on RockNews.info and Yahoo News

.


...end




.
News Reports
.
Day in Rock:
Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Dead at 63- Foo Fighters Preview New Song- Ted Nugent Warned Hendrix, Bon Scott They Were Going To Die- Michael Schenker Robbed- more

Day in Pop Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson PrizeFighter Duet Released- Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson and Common Release Cancer Song- Ed Sheeran Becomes Little Orphan Annie- more

B-Sides: New Song From Johnny Winter and Aerosmith's Joe Perry Streaming- Robert Plant Streaming New Album Online- Video From Final KISS and Def Leppard Show- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

.
 
Reviews
.

On The Record: Kodacrome - Aftermaths

Kyle Hollingsworth - Speed of Life

Meridian - The Awful Truth

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson - Thick as a Brick - Live in Iceland

ZZ Top - Live at Montreux 2013

Helstar - This Wicked Nest

Get To Know... 21Octayne

AUG - Be Careful What You Wish For...

Hot In The City: Best Dog Award- Consider Me Dead- Mallevs

Prong - Ruining Lives

On The Record: The Steady As She Goes - Dangerous & Dead

Rob Decoup - Pain

James Brown - Get On Up Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Echo And The Bunnymen Live

Peter Gabriel - Back to Front

Marco Minnemann - Eeps

Lollapalooza 2014: Day Three


.
.
.

Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

.
.
Today's Rock News
.

Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Dead at 63

Foo Fighters Preview New Song

Ted Nugent Warned Hendrix, Bon Scott They Were Going To Die

Michael Schenker Robbed

Jethro Tull Founding Member Glenn Cornick Dead At 67

Smashing Pumpkins Days Are Numbered?

Gwar Preview New Documentary

Kate Bush Makes Chart History

The Breeders Working On New Music

Live Releasing First New Album In 8 Years

Exodus Reveal New Album Details

Joe Perry Helped Give Metallica The Blues

Morgoth Release First New Song In 17 Years

Courtney Love Changes Her Focus

Unearth Releasing New Album This Fall

Butcher Babies Cover Osmonds, Suicidal Tendencies On New EP

Evergrey Reunion Saved Band

Planet Of The Apes Inspired Hammerfall's New Album

Night Ranger Reunites With Keri Kelli

Motley Crue Conclude First Leg Of Farewell Tour

Glenn Hughes Unwittingly Sang California Breed Vocals

KXM Wrote and Recorded Album In Just 10 Days

Former Fear Factory Member Criticizes Band Using Drum Machine

Torche Australian Date Canceled

Magnum's New Album Inspired By The Great War

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Born In The Wrong Era?


Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson PrizeFighter Duet Released

Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson and Common Release Cancer Song

Ed Sheeran Becomes Little Orphan Annie

Jeezy Posts Bail For Gun Possession Arrest

Miley Cyrus' Homeless VMAs Date Turns Himself In And Posts Bail

Tears for Fears Launching North American Tour

Jason Aldean Premieres Burnin' It Down Video

Riff Raff Vs Sam Smith Over VMAs Photo Edit

Jay Leno Talks TV Special, Robin Williams, Jimmy Fallon

Ian Somerhalder Talks Upcoming Vampire Diaries Season

.
.
Latest B-Sides News
.


New Song From Johnny Winter and Aerosmith's Joe Perry Streaming

Robert Plant Streaming New Album Online

Video From Final KISS and Def Leppard Show Goes Online

Metallica Star Jams With Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rob Halford On The Conviction Behind Judas Priest's New Album

Status Quo Discuss Unplugged Project

Asking Alexandria Deliver Mayhem In Moving On Video

Godsmack Star Has Blues On The Side

Agent Release Collecting Scars Video

Amplifier Premiere New Song Open Up

Lostprophets Offshoot No Devotion Release New Video

Engineers Release Fight Or Flight Video

Classic Lou Reed Interview Gets Animated

Singled Out: April Kry's Beauty Queen.

More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
AudioNationRadio.com The Screen Door A Journal of Musical Things Lloyd Zeffler blog Demolish Mag Nightwatcher's House of Rock CJ Chilvers Deja Voodoo The 1st Five thecopycat.biz Hard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter

.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!



 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2014 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.