Xbox Music Goes Live On October 26

  • Paired release with Windows 8
  • Spotify-style Xbox Music streaming service
  • Slated to go live on the 26th

Microsoft is ready to unleash the revamp to its deceased Zune Music on October 26. Xbox Music is up for launch alongside the Windows 8 release.

  • Paired release with Windows 8
  • Spotify-style Xbox Music streaming service
  • Slated to go live on the 26th

Microsoft is ready to unleash the revamp to its deceased Zune Music on October 26. Xbox Music is up for launch alongside the Windows 8 release.

After a series of rumours and Microsoft’s service announcement in June, the new game console music service is now slated to go live on the 26th.

Xbox Music will include a subscription offering and a free streaming service supported by ads. It will be available on Windows-powered phones, tablets, PCs and of course, the Xbox 360.

When it lands, the service will compete against Apple's iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify, as the company, like rival Sony, has been eyeing to turn its game console into an entertainment hub.

We have yet to confirm the official pricing for Xbox Music subscriptions but users that received early access to the service claim that the unlimited subscriptions would run around US$15 per month and $145 per year. Like many media apps, Xbox 360 owners will need a premium Xbox Live Gold subscription, an additional $60 per year, to even access Xbox Music on the console.

Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement.

"What we can say is we're excited for Xbox Music as our definitive music service. It'll bring great new ways to enjoy, share and discover new music on all your Windows 8 devices, Xbox 360 console and Windows Phone 8. We'll let you know when we have more information to share."

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