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Microsoft expands Xbox Music to iOS, Android, web

Microsoft is increasing its Xbox Music service to new platforms with the discharge of apps for iOS and Android, plus a web participant for streaming music.

The information tonight comes lower than a 12 months after Microsoft launched the rebranded music service on Home windows 8, Xbox Stay and Home windows Cellphone. The cell and console apps require an Xbox Music Go subscription, which matches for $9.99/month or $99.99/12 months.

The brand new web participant, available here, will provide free streaming with adverts, or an ad-free expertise for paid subscribers. Streaming on Home windows 8 stays free.

It’s a part of an ongoing effort by Microsoft to broaden Xbox into a bigger client model, going past its roots in video video games. Nowadays it’s common for Microsoft to launch apps for platforms that compete with units working its personal working programs. An up to date model of the service may even be accessible on the Xbox One, the upcoming model of the Microsoft console.

“Now now we have a really broad platform of availability throughout any machine that individuals would seemingly be listening to music on,” stated Scott Porter, a Microsoft principal program supervisor, previewing the brand new web service and cell apps throughout a briefing final week.

Porter stated the corporate sees the Xbox Music service as “connective tissue” amongst Microsoft merchandise and in addition among the many extensive number of smartphones and different units that persons are utilizing.

On the similar time, the corporate is pushing out many options first to Home windows and Home windows Cellphone, aiming to make the expertise by itself platforms finest and first. For instance, a brand new function in Home windows 8.1 robotically creates Xbox Music playlists by scanning web sites for songs, utilizing the sharing function contained in the Microsoft working system.

Word: Worth of annual subscription corrected since unique publish. (Thanks to Keith within the feedback beneath.)

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