Browser-based Xbox Music launching next week - Report

Web-based version of Microsoft's music streaming service arriving next week at music.xbox.com according to sources.

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Next week, Microsoft will launch a browser-based version of Xbox Music, sources have told The Verge. Xbox Music, which offers a Spotify-like streaming service, is currently available through Xbox 360, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8.

The rumored browser iteration of Xbox Music will reportedly be available at music.xbox.com, though that URL currently does not resolve to anything.

Xbox Music for the web will reportedly work in the same was Spotify and Google Play Music, allowing users to stream music and manage playlists through a browser.

Streaming Xbox Music is free thanks to advertising support, while an ad-free option is available for $10/month. The service launched in October 2012 and boasts a library of over 30 million songs from numerous prominent labels.

In addition to the arrival of Xbox Music for the web, The Verge has heard from sources that Microsoft plans to refresh its Xbox Music app for Windows 8.1. Updates include a new two-panel interface and support for music files from SD cards, among other things.

Discussion

94 comments
OSAID720
OSAID720

ahhhhhhhhhhhh 

i saw lady gaga again :0

AnguishSouL
AnguishSouL

I have a tracker set for Halo 4 and the email i get is this article.This has nothing to do with Halo......

magicalclick
magicalclick

Didn't realize I can get streaming for free. I should try it on my WP8.

blackace
blackace

If it's FREE I'm in. Wonder if this is already on Xbox 360?

Revl8n
Revl8n

Wow, I can buy a lot of tunes for same $.

NetGod
NetGod

I guess this music streaming service will be available on the XB1 too?

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

I'm a heavy user of Rhapsody but if they have the Beatles, maybe I'll give them a shot.

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

Sick of this UI on every single Microsoft product.

killthetraitors
killthetraitors

Anything with Lady gaga TURNS ME AWAY FROM YOUR PRODUCT!

Can't wait until they kill her.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Will it have DRM like Zune?  :P

No thanks.  I'll stick to vinyl, cassettes, and iHeartRadio. 

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

msoft wants to go the multi-media route.  that's a very legitimate product and service to offer going forward.

i don't like it and i probably won't support it, but, to complain about those services they're trying to provide and comparing it to other companies that offer those services is ridiculous.

if so, then, it's rational that one complain about those music, movie and online providers, as well.



kgallis21
kgallis21

This is whats important to M$ multimedia not games that's why their first Xbox one conference all they showed was the systems ability to connect to dam cable box. so dissapointed.

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

10 bucks huh...I pay $8.00 for the same type of service through Google music

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

LOL.  Why bother?

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

this is not Halo 4 related. what is wrong with a xbox tag ???

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

Im sure microSCAM will have a pay wall in front of this service again ala netflix .pay $60 a year xbox live gold to. Pay 10 a month to listen to music that is free on the internet way to go microSCAM

Yatsukiii
Yatsukiii

Why isn't Xox Live ad free if you pay for it?  LOL, Pay walls, pay walls everywhere........

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Who uses a games console for music anyway? If I am not at my console I am at my PC or have my iPod or something at hand. If I am at my console I tend to be playing games which don't work well when music is on or watching a DVD which really doesn't work well with music.

CoricidinDXM
CoricidinDXM

Dude, do you even proofread anything you write?  This is the second article today with a typo. You wrote, "Xbox Music for the web will reportedly work in the same was Spotify and Google Play Music." However, was is supposed to be "as". Dude, you suck.  

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

Xbox layout sucks, I shouldn't have to see advertisements  and crap I don't care about filling up %95 of my screen  for something I pay $10 a month for and already gave out good money to buy the console


EggEmperor
EggEmperor

Who is ever going to use this? Using an Xbox to listen to music is plain inconvenient. I think any mobile phone is good enough for a quick MP3. This is just gimmicky.

Revl8n
Revl8n

For another $10 a month.

Blu3V3nom07
Blu3V3nom07

@daviddiorio Xbox Music is going to iOS.

blackace
blackace

@kgallis21 Yeah, but the E3, all they showed was the GAMES. More exclusives then what Sony showed.

momo32791
momo32791

@kgallis21 I agree with the first part but they showed that to get it out of the way so they can focus on games at e3.

LoneCrowe
LoneCrowe

@Yatsukiii 

Your reading comprehension sucks.  XBOX Music is $10.00 a month.  You don't need a xbox to subscribe.  The name is misleading.  It is music in the cloud. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Yatsukiii Your comment about adds when you pay is fair enough. I've yet to see an add that gets in the way and can't be ignored but whatever.

But what has pay walls got to do with anything? You pay to go on Xbox Live, the adds in no way stop you from doing that. As far as I can see they are completely separate things and like I said small enough to be completely ignored. It isn't like on here or Youtube or something where you need to watch an advert before you can get to your content.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@Dannystaples14 

I can't justify dedicating my console to music, but I'm looking forward to the ability to multitask on the Xbox One so that I can have something like Xbox Music or iHeartRadio open in the background.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@CoricidinDXM same way as Spotify, same was Spotify. How is that terrible enough to warrent a comment? Spell checks don't catch correct words. And the fact is who gives a shit?

alienroc
alienroc

@arrow2thekneeXD 95% of your screen??!!! More like 0.95% of your screen. Are you sure you're on the xbox?

Fursnake
Fursnake

@EggEmperor 

To be fair, I find the PS3 to be inconvenient to listen to music on as well.

Was I just being fair to M$? Good grief...

Slagar
Slagar

@malokevi @udubdawgz Exactly. I'm keen for a media/games/everything box, and this looks like it will deliver great value for years to come IMO.

anigmha
anigmha

@malokevi @udubdawgz 

Better with Kinect:

"Xbox, turn up the beat!"

"Xbox, dance party!"


Revl8n
Revl8n

Did you see their conference? It was two weeks ago.

alienroc
alienroc

@FAIL_TR0LL @Dannystaples14 Exactly. I don't use my xbox for music exclusively. But as a seemless option that works in the background while you're doing other things? yeah. That sounds good. And then be able to carry that music with you across platforms like other services. Great.

CoricidinDXM
CoricidinDXM

@Dannystaples14 @CoricidinDXM It's terrible because his job is to write articles, and this is the second typo of his that I caught today.  It's unprofessional and shows a lack of attention to detail.  I give a shit because it's really just kind of pathetic that he doesn't proofread his articles.  You make this mistakes at actual professional organizations like NY Times or other respected periodicals and you lose your job.  His only job is to write... you think he'd be good at it, and obviously you give a shit, because you took the time out of your day to respond to me, sooo......

CoricidinDXM
CoricidinDXM

@Dannystaples14 @CoricidinDXM Okay, let's run with that, he publishes 6 articles a day.  An article averages out to be about 200-300 words.  He's only writing about 1,000-1,500 words a day.  That is about 4-5 pages on MS Word.  Since I am an English teacher, yes I do this every day, as well as read at least ten to fifteen times that every single day.  I am studying for my Professorship now, and I assure you that if I handed in something so laden with typos, I would not be graduating.  This is his job, a very easy one at that, there is suppose to be no mistakes.  Rest assured, I write much much much more for my job and I do a much much much better job at it.  If you'd actually like to watch me do better, I can forward you some of my thesis papers or maybe you could come over for tea while I write another one.  Lastly, I'd like to point out that your idea of shooting him is a little extreme.  I don't want to see that, I just want to see him fired or reprimanded and start to write like a professional.  Case closed.  

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@CoricidinDXM Yeah it is truly terrible. Man Eddie should be ashamed. He somehow puts out five/six+ articles a day keeping everyone up to day on news and has two typos. You know there is only one thing left and that is take him out back and shoot him for his insolence.

The new york times is a multi million dollar company who probably has six people per article proof reading. 

Gamespot doesn't sell its news. They make money on subscriptions and adverts on their site, yet they get two full stages at E3, keeping everyone in the loop and actually have a nice and well structured website. I must admit sometimes the quality of information does seem a little better on IGN or Kotaku but their websites are so crap I stay on here most of the time and rarely go over to the other ones.

That and the teams working for the site are tops. Not just sat in an office drinking while on video like I just saw on one of the other sites.

I think a couple of typos is excusable. I'd like to see you do better in the same situation.