Today, Microsoft introduces their latest Spotify-esque service, Xbox Music. Replacing Zune, Xbox Music is an all-in-one music service that gives you the freedom to stream custom-created playlists for free, subscribe to all the music you want or download-to-own your favourite songs. Offering more than 30 million songs in the global database (via data stream) it can be used cross-platform, whether it's your tablet, PC, smartphone or TV.
Xbox Music is now available on the Xbox 360 and, come October 26, will be available on Windows 8 PCs and tablets.This service is available via an Xbox Music Pass (formerly Zune Pass) subscription, which is $9.99 per month or $99 per year for Xbox Live Gold users (Gold membership is roughly $60 per year).
I know that might seem like a lot to pony up, so if you're not sure about the service there is a free 360 trial available for 30 days. And if you're a PC or tablet users you'll get to experience unlimited free streaming for the first six months, with or without a Music Pass. Keep in mind the trial versions won't let you download songs and save them for offline playback.
Wondering about Windows Phone 8? Microsoft has stated that it will be arriving "shortly after" the PC and tablet service release.
Check out the trailer for Xbox Music below:
So what do you think think about Xbox Music? Is it worth the fee or is it a missable new music service?
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