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No cost streaming option for web users

Microsoft has announced some very important changes to the Xbox Music service. One of the biggest changes is that Xbox Music now supports streaming at no cost via the web. That allows you to access Xbox Music from any browser and listen to any track from the 30 million song catalog.

Microsoft has also announced apps are now available for Xbox Music for Android and iOS users. The new applications and free web streaming are Microsoft's attempt to give users the ability to access music across all the different devices they interact with on a daily basis and now includes computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and TVs.

“Xbox Music now, more than ever, powers music experiences between Windows 8, Xbox, Windows Phone, and now iOS, Android and the Web,” said Jerry Johnson, general manager of Xbox Music. “We’re also excited to connect artists with their fans on the most anticipated consumer product of the year when Xbox One launches Nov. 22.”

Microsoft also offers the Xbox Music Pass subscription service and it brings the entire catalog of music to Android and iOS users allowing unlimited access to songs and artists. The subscription service is $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Currently, there is no offline mode for either smartphone application, but the capability should arrive at a later date.

Microsoft also says that it plans to add Web Playlist functionality to Windows 8.1, which will be released on October 18. That feature will allow Windows 8.1 users to set up their own playlists for streaming music at no cost from the internet. 

Source: Microsoft

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At last
By Da W on 9/9/2013 11:05:53 AM , Rating: 2
This was the only thing that made me regret my HTC ONE. At last i can stop listening my music from my surface with my phone used as a wi-fi hotspot.

RE: At last
By Reclaimer77 on 9/9/13, Rating: 0
RE: At last
By Mitch101 on 9/9/2013 11:52:21 AM , Rating: 1
Why don't you provide some info in your posts as apposed to the usual useless posts you make that contain no specific information of any value.

I really find many of your posts are just negative rants of regurgitated comments and anyone can get more specific information from a fortune cookie or some random daily horoscope than what your provide.

RE: At last
By Reclaimer77 on 9/9/2013 11:58:05 AM , Rating: 2
Oh right, you think I'm bashing MS again? Well save the heroics will ya, shill? I'm sure this service is way better than iTunes.

But who asked you?

RE: At last
By Dug on 9/9/2013 11:59:42 AM , Rating: 2
For unlimited music?

Who is allowing you to play unlimited music through any device for free?

RE: At last
By jimbo2779 on 9/9/2013 12:30:42 PM , Rating: 3
Don't mind him, if it isn't Android related he is incapable of saying anything positive about it.

RE: At last
By InsGadget on 9/9/2013 2:47:41 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Reclaimer is the poster child for this study:

RE: At last
By talikarni on 9/9/2013 2:43:29 PM , Rating: 2
Pandora, spotify, and so many more. A lot of the mainstream ones have apps across a wide range of devices and consoles.

RE: At last
By Reclaimer77 on 9/9/2013 4:06:07 PM , Rating: 2
Shhhhh, you'll let out the big secret and then everyone will know.

RE: At last
By Da W on 9/9/2013 4:22:02 PM , Rating: 2
To store unlimited music and play them offline. I got 4 years of work culminating in 1364 of my favorite songs that i didn't have in my 90GB collection of mp3 previously downloaded by other means, back in the days.

RE: At last
By crispbp04 on 9/9/2013 8:03:58 PM , Rating: 2
I can't speak for all users, but I use xbox music because when i'm on a subway for 45 minutes with no cellular service I want to be able to pick my own music. At $9 a month it is dirt cheap. Plus I don't want to look at ads or steal music like a teenager. I'm also grandfathered in to the plan where I can get 10 DRM free songs a month and I can use it on 6 devices (I use on surface RT, Home PC, Surface Pro, wife's Zune, and our 2 windows phones. Name something that can match that for the windows ecosystem.

RE: At last
By Reclaimer77 on 9/10/2013 1:08:20 AM , Rating: 2
Okay I guess it's just me. I just can't imagine paying money for DRM-laden media. If I pay money for something, I want to own it. I want it to be mine.

Name something that can match that for the windows ecosystem.

Well I'm sure some won't agree, but I prefer running Plex Media Server on my PC and the Plex mobile app. It's stupid easy to set up and I can access all my media from anywhere I am at any time.

RE: At last
By jimbo2779 on 9/10/2013 3:37:43 AM , Rating: 2
Without a net connection?

Home cloud solutions are ok assuming you always have a connection that is usable or that you have the bandwidth available. I and many others are in no position for that to ever be a reasonable solution.

I don't use this service but it does have its perks over others, even I can see that.

RE: At last
By crispbp04 on 9/10/2013 8:06:58 AM , Rating: 2
It's not just you. Many people don't see the value because they only look at the surface. I am paying for a service. I am lucky to get to own something with it. Over the 5 years I've had it, I've accumulated a collection of 600 DRM free songs. Not only that, XB music syncs across devices so I can download once and it is available in cloud connection on all devices, which makes a home media server uneconomical. Plus what you don't realize is that you're paying more than $9 a month in electricity to run that box, so your argument is even worse... and to top it off, as others have pointed out, you can't reach that media server, or Pandora, or spotify when you're 100 feet underground on a subway train. (unless you can download offline mixes like nokia music, but still I don't like someone else picking out my playlist).

Cost to build a small home server: ~$400
electricity is expensive here in NY. I'm paying coned 19.5 cents per kWh. Your home media server will consume anywhere from 70 to 200 watts, so we'll just say 100 on average. That would cost me $0.70 a day, or $14 a month... You'd have to get it down to 60 watts to make it below $9 a month.

TCO for that server would be $400 + ($14 * #months).... so basically it would never make sense if you're only using a server for music.

So yeah.... where's that type of ecosystem for the pr0nz?

RE: At last
By troysavary on 9/10/2013 10:37:45 AM , Rating: 2
Again, you prove you are living in some sort of weird bubble where if it isn't what you do, it is wrong. What part of your home server is going to work in the example he gave. If he cannot connect to Pandora or any other streaming service because of being on the subway with no cell service, the home server is not going to work either. Do you even read posts before you reply to them?

RE: At last
By troysavary on 9/10/2013 10:34:03 AM , Rating: 2
What part of "free streaming" do you not understand? You only need to pay for the service if you want to download the songs to be able to play offline. Especially with a music player. Not everybody is connected all the time, you know. Apparently, connecting your game console to the internet is bad, but expecting a music player to be always online is just fine?

So awesome
By Strk on 9/9/2013 11:34:29 AM , Rating: 2
Already installed an I'm loving it. I can't wait for the offline access. I still have my Zune HD and love the thing, but one day it will kick the bucket :(

I wish it had the Metro UI though. I know people have had issues with it, but if anything else, it's awesome for music.

RE: So awesome
By Mitch101 on 9/9/2013 11:57:17 AM , Rating: 2
Dont bet on it. I leave my Zune 30 in my car year round and it wont die and that has a hard drive. Lives through every winter and summer. Now if it dies I'm not sure what I would replace it with since they dont make media only windows devices. Ill probably Cowboom/EBay for a scratch and dent Zune HD that I can leave in the car.

RE: So awesome
By Reclaimer77 on 9/9/2013 12:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
Just don't let the battery go down. I used my Zune 80 just like yours. But I let my car sit for a week and I guess the battery was bad in the Zune. It never turned back on again the next time I got in the car.

Great little device. But the stand alone media device is almost extinct now.

What a joke
By talikarni on 9/9/2013 2:39:18 PM , Rating: 2
In order to access ANYTHING online through Xbox (console) requires paid membership. Now they are going to the same system for their music service?? So that means Xbox Gold members not only pay $5-10 per month just to access online content that is free with ALL other consoles, now people will have to pay additional fee to access the Music portion. What a way to screw people out of more money.

Get a PS3 (or soon a PS4) and be done with it all. No need to pay monthly just to get online with the PS3/4 console. No need to pay monthly just to access other company's paid services (thus paying twice) like Netflix, Amazon Prime video, or Hulu. No need to pay anything (except cost of game itself) to play online with other people.

RE: What a joke
By InsGadget on 9/9/2013 2:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, PS4 is going to requiring a monthly subscription to play online, for most games. A lot of the other features will be free though; unfortunately, MS will still be charging for most premium features, like you said. But you do get a lot of nice features for $5 bucks a month.

By InsGadget on 9/9/2013 3:03:28 PM , Rating: 2
Really can't bang this drum enough, BRING BACK THE OLD ZUNE SOFTWARE FUNCTIONALITY!!! Make it easy to just plug Windows Phones in and auto-sync the music (and movies, pictures, etc). Bring back likes/dislikes, and allow automatic removal of disliked songs from the phone. Allow auto-converting music to a lower bitrate for syncing with the phone (to fit more on there). Bring back auto-playlists to continuously modify playlists based on likes/dislikes, playcounts, etc etc. If you want to do all this stuff in the cloud now, fine.

These were some awesome features; BRING THEM BACK MICROSOFT!!

Google Play
By Homerboy on 9/10/2013 1:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
I just use Google Play.
Upload all my music.
Available anywhere.

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