Microsoft Corp.’s all-in-one music service, Xbox Music, continues making strides to deliver all the music people want, wherever they want it played. This week, Microsoft announced its plans to bring Xbox Music to Apple iOS and Google Android devices, as well as free streaming on Xbox Music via the web.
People today use desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, phones and TVs to access different music services that do not connect with one another. Xbox Music is designed to solve this common problem by combining all music offerings with free streaming on the web and on Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Internet radio, subscription (called Xbox Music Pass), and download-to-own options. With today’s news, access to Xbox Music is now possible on Apple iOS and Google Android devices, as well as a free web-based interface on computers.
“Xbox Music now, more than ever, powers music experiences between Windows 8, Xbox, Windows Phone, and now iOS, Android and the Web. We are also excited to connect artists with their fans on the most anticipated consumer product of the year when Xbox One launches November 22,” said Jerry Johnson, general manager of Xbox Music.
Unlimited access to the songs and artists at any time with playback across a tablet, PC, phone and Xbox console costs for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. All music will be accessible from any device based on any operating system, including Apple iOS, Google Android, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows Phone and Xbox video game console.
With the addition of free streaming on the web, users can enjoy on-demand access to 30 million songs globally for free on the Xbox Music Web player at http://music.xbox.com or through the Xbox Music app on all Windows 8 tablets and PCs.
Xbox Music will continue to grow and evolve over the coming months. Microsoft will add radio to the free web player. With unlimited skips and a view of the full recommended music stream, Xbox Music radio service puts user in control of his/her Internet radio experience.
In the coming months, additional updates for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms will become available, including an offline mode that lets users to save music to devices for playback without an Internet or data connection.