Microsoft’s Xbox Music service is all set to launch this Tuesday, October 16, according to Computer and Video Games. Users will have approximately 30 million songs to choose from when the service opens its doors for business.
However, those interested in seeing what Xbox Music has to offer won’t be limited to merely purchasing the songs they want to hear. In addition to buying individual tunes by a wide array of different artists, prospective users will be able to stream free music and subscribe to artist-based radio. Microsoft seems bound and determined to take on both Spotify and iTunes with Xbox Music.
Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, is understandably anxious for people to try the service for themselves. “The launch of Xbox Music is a milestone in simplifying digital music on every type of device and on a global scale,” he explained. “We’re breaking down the walls that fracture your music experiences today to ensure that music is better and integrated across the screens that you care about most – your tablet, PC, phone and TV.”
According to USA Today, Microsoft’s Xbox Music Service will also incorporate the use of cloud-based technology, allowing users to upload their own tracks to the over 30 million songs they will be able to choose to own. For the music fan who is only interested in streaming the songs they enjoy, Microsoft is offering up the Xbox Music Pass, which allows for unlimited access to any of the songs in their catalog.
After Xbox Music makes its way onto the 360, the service will eventually roll out across other platforms as well. Starting with the Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s music service will be available on Windows 8 or Windows RT PCs and tablets later this month. Users will also be able to share their music between devices.
Do you think Microsoft’s Xbox Music service can compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple iTunes?