Microsoft last week confirmed rumors that it would be launching a web version of Xbox Music and this week, the company made good on its word. Microsoft officially announced Xbox Music last October (opens in new tab) as an answer to services like Amazon MP3 and iTunes. Up until now, Xbox Music has only been available via Xbox Live, Windows 8, and Windows Phone devices. Starting today, you can access the all-in-one service from the web, too.
Visiting music.xbox.com invites users with an Xbox Music Pass users to sign in and offers a 30-day free trial to those that haven't yet taken the plunge.
As with Xbox 360, on the web, Xbox Music on the web is streaming only. Pricing is $9.99 for a one-month pass or $99.90 for a full year-long subscription.
The news comes as Microsoft prepares to launch its new Xbox One console this holiday season. Redmond is pushing the Xbox One as an all-in-one entertainment device that is good for TV, movies, browsing, and music is going to be playing a big part, too.
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This Xbox music service seems more like internet radio you pay for.
I do agree with Larry Bob in that if they named it something other than Xbox Radio it would attract a larger audience. The naming of the service was probably yet another of Mattrick's failures on his way out.
Larry Bob did offer an alternative name. I agreed with him.