Microsoft's Xbox Music coming to Android ... 'eventually'

With the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch just around the corner, Microsoft is once again making a big push into the world of digital music with its new Xbox Music service. Launching across Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Windows Phone 8 handsets and Xbox 360, Xbox Music won't be limited to Microsoft's own platforms, though, as the company has today confirmed that it'll "eventually" be heading to Android and iOS, too

In addition to the standard music streaming service, Xbox Music will reportedly comprise a digital download service, a cloud music storage offering and an iTunes Match-like service for importing tracks from CDs or other sources.

But in order to access the service on these other platforms, though, you'll need a $10-per-month subscription, as the free, ad-supported Xbox Music experience will only be available on Windows 8 PCs. With regards to Android, Xbox Music will compete with Google Play Music, a service that's well established in the U.S., but unavailable internationally. If Microsoft can offer wide availability in enough countries, it'd could have the chance convert Android users over to Xbox Music before Google has the chance to launch its own service.

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  • Good, I like their Metro (dont know the new word for that) UI, I hope it can play files on my sd card
  • I think they're calling it the Windows 8 interface now.
  • I would say that this is targeting Spotify more than Google Play Music.
  • no thanks.
  • I hope Google will wake up and make their music service available globally thanks to this competition
  • I have Google Play Music on my iPad with a third party app that is way better than Google's native app on my Droid X.
  • So I have to pay $10 a month just to play my own cloud music, stream free music like Pandora/Spotify/others, a tag-match program like a lot of other free programs do, and still pay again for normal music downloads? Why would I want this (in the US)?
  • I agree. If I am going to pay for music, I want to own the music and be able to install it on any device and even on physical media. I buy my songs from, since they are DRM-free. I cannot understand why anyone would pay for a music streaming service if he/she just gets to add songs to a playlist but does not own the songs.
  • Because for $120 per year, you can have unlimited songs, but buying each song individually you would only have access to 120 (roughly)
  • Who cares if it's just a license to listen to unlimited songs you don't own? I can listen to Pandora, Slacker,, iHeartRadio if I just want to hear music. Paying $120 just to listen and then paying another $0.99 each if I actually want to buy doesn't make sense. I can listen for free with other services and use to buy the songs I want to actually own.
  • You can download the songs to your device free. Like if you have a WIndows 8 PC and have Xbox Music pass, you can stream unlimited songs with Smart DJ (pandora type), search any artist and album and listen to any song instantly streamed to you, and if you wanna have that song to listen to offline you can download it. It works on Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone. This is way better than Pandora...cause you can have that digital music without paying $1 per song at all. You can't burn it to a CD but who uses CDs anymore?
  • Google, that's an epic fail.
  • DoA
  • I already subscribe so this is awesome news!
  • Does it support live/smart playlsts that update themselves as I listen to to things? If not, then I'm not interested.
  • If this is basically the Zune service, then this will be great. Zune blew away any other subscription service, but unfortunately it wasn't available for Android. I gave up Zune for Rdio when I got tired of carrying around the Zune in addition to my phone, and was never quite as satisfied.
  • Yep Im really excited about this. I may be able to not carry my Zune HD around all the time now...
  • With the Play Store, Amazon, Spotify, Rdio, and iTunes, I'm not exactly sure I need yet another music service. It's getting crowded in here.
  • If it is the same as their Zune service, this will beat everything else out there. Im paying 15 dollars a month for unlimited downloads. It can also stream but I always download. I actually have a windows phone just for my music. The extra 5 dollars got me 10 free credits a month also. After messing with Zune, I cant see myself paying 10 for every album now. I probably download 2 to 3 albums a month.
  • But are the songs DRM free? Are you able to install the songs on as many devices as you want? Can you burn the songs to physical media?
  • If this service is still basically Zune re-branded,yes you can.
  • This is great. I almost purchased a WP7 instead of an Android tablet just because of Zune music service.
    the $10 a month is worth the perfect music consuming experience. Sadly, it's a bit late.
    I'm already pretty invested in Google music, and I'm sure others have spent enough time in Spotify, Rdio, etc that switching just isn't going to happen
  • I don't think Spotify/Rdio is as popular as you are imagining.
  • Spotify's pretty popular, but Idk about Rdio.
  • Awesome! The Zune (soon to be XBox Music) is the best service out there. For a $10 a month I get download and play of subscription music and I am also grandfathered in on the plan where I get to keep 10 songs a month (basically legally remove the encryption). My old Zune player that they no longer even make is on it's last leg so the ability for a new life on my Android units is perfect!
  • I keep hearing how great the Zune music service is/was, but I'm not understanding how it's better than what we currently have with Spotify? I'm currently a Spotify subscriber and am generally pretty happy with it. Assuming they eventually have an Android app, what about XBox Music should make me consider leaving Spotify for it?
  • Here are my reasons:
    1. Integrates your personal collection of music with your subscription content.
    2. Allows you to not only stream but locally download music if you have the music pass.
    3. Visually its just a ton more appealing and nice to look at but thats a personal opinion. Other than that they are similar, but the personal collection bit is the main reason i can't go to Spotify.
  • Spotify does point 1 and 2 (2 with a premium account, or whatever it's called - I can't remember). 3 I can't comment on.
  • Thanks, but I think Spotify already handles #1 and #2. My local music shows up in Spotify right alongside my subscription music - I can even mingle them in the same playlists if I want to. You can make any playlist available offline which means it downloads the songs. It will also sync those songs to your mobile device if you want. (the latter assumes you are using the paid version of Spotify I believe) I agree with you on the aesthetics.. Spotify is not exactly the prettiest thing to look at.
  • I think the main difference is that with Spotify the music you store locally on your mobile devices will not be accessible if you stop paying for a premium account. Whereas with Zune you're allowed to keep 10 songs per month, and keep them even after your subscription ends.
  • It syncs across devices to give you the same experience whether you are on your Windows 8 PC, Windows 8 tablet, Windows 8 phone, or Xbox 360. When the Android and iOS clients are available then it will span those as well. Think about it...streaming on all of those devices from a single service and single account, as well as having sync'd playlists and preferences across all of those devices automatically. That's pretty awesome.