Xbox Music free on Xbox One with Gold subscription

[UPDATE] Microsoft corrects original statement.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft corrected its original statement regarding Xbox Music for Xbox One.

The original story is below.

Xbox Music will be free on Xbox One for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, Microsoft has confirmed.

"Yes. You don't have to subscribe, but you will get periodic ads," Microsoft director of product planning Albert Penello said on Twitter (via OXM).

This differs from Xbox 360, where users must hold an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($50/year) and an Xbox Music Pass ($10/month) to access the streaming service.

Microsoft's Xbox Music service officially launched in October 2012. Free streaming (with ads) is now available through music.xbox.com and unlimited access is unlocked via a Music Pass. Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android were released in September.

The Xbox One launches on November 22 in 13 territories, one week after the PlayStation 4 arrives in North America on November 15.

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Eddie Makuch

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461 comments
mr_nee
mr_nee

...in US. Everyone else will get - "Sorry, this app is not available in your country yet!"

jark888
jark888

Sound like an app on PS3 which offer free MV.

Razarealm
Razarealm

Who actually listens to music via their xbox or ps,  cmon...

phoenix0879
phoenix0879

@Razarealm I did on Monday - had a post-halloween, pre-bonfire night party and VidZone provided the music and videos, just a shame about the ads, but ah well lol

MichaelJolly
MichaelJolly

Still not updated? Seriously? Gamespot wasn't the best place to come for reliable news to begin with but this is ridiculous.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@MichaelJolly Too busy posting X1 is amazing articles. 4 more popped up.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@cheese232323 They're waiting until 2am to post the update so no one sees it. Otherwise they will ruin MS Love Fest Weds.

tomservo51
tomservo51

Wait, this isn't true? 15 free songs? LOL. Microsoft is sooooo funny. All the xbots just left.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Question is Albert Penello uncomfirming the free music the fastest 180 they have done so far?

McGregor
McGregor

Requiring an xblive gold membership eliminates the "free" portion of this.

MichaelJolly
MichaelJolly

Since the link to the tweet is pending, here, from Penello about an hour ago.

"I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. Sorry!"

Jesus Christ, check before you post. Both MS and GS.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@MichaelJolly Uh oh......


Uh ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..............

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@MichaelJolly Someone said the MS Embargo was lifted and judging by the rushed 8 X1 articles in a row, they were more interested in quality than quantity. 

McGregor
McGregor

@MichaelJolly Getting updates to the news article in the comments section makes me feel like I can't trust the source to actually do their jobs...It's sad that this wasn't fact checked. Then again, gamespot is turning into a glorified blog. You don't have to actually back-up anything you say, since it's an opinion.

ElJefeDeMedios
ElJefeDeMedios

Actually they need to fact check before publishing:  Albert Panello from Microsoft confirmed that there is no "free" ad supported music service on Xbox One.  Search Twitter or Google Gamespot!

jumpyluweegee3
jumpyluweegee3

I am ready to completely abandon Microsoft next gen.

megakick
megakick

Microsoft is trying to bury PS4 though not very hard to do, PS4 already has FRAME PER SECOND issues like the PS3.

McGregor
McGregor

@A_Rabid_Dog @megakick They are not the same, you are correct. but if they are not working together the experience sucks. You can have all the stuttering 1080p you want. I'd rather enjoy my game and be able to actually play it. Also, I have a 10 year old PC that you can play 1080p on if you don't mind not having smooth framerates (I think it gets about .1 per second).

rasterror
rasterror

@megakick Why does MS need to try when Sony is pretty great at burying themselves?

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

wow. nintendo vs microsoft is in a two man race to try to make the dumbest comments before the year ends. i can't believe i am saying it...but NOA/NOJ has taken a slight lead...

> wii u

atlanticmoon
atlanticmoon

So really, it's not free. 

IMO, this sytem is everything I don't want it to be. I'd buy the Wii U before I'd ever consider getting this hunk of shit, ad box. 

Genocide6sic6
Genocide6sic6

This gen's launch is ugly.  The business and the marketing has changed from the previous and that makes me sad face.

I feel like the Xbox1 is being pitched by car salesmen who are trying to convince me that the options they're selling are the options I want.  Here's how MS could've fixed this in their ad campaign:  "Xbox One:  plays single player & multiplayer games. (plays trailer featuring droll-worthy RPG's, Action, Driving, etc games that aren't XBLA or Kinect)  Not dissing indie games, they're just not what I purchase a console for.

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

Music has been free ever since computers and the internet has been available.. nothing new here

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

@MapleLeafKush Just make sure your favorite artist doesn't hear you say that, I'm sure they would be thrilled you never pay for their product.

on a side note, you should explain this to Sony, they want to charge you a seperate 60$ for their music service.

McGregor
McGregor

@sammoth @MapleLeafKush I feel if I buy a cd, I can download as many copy's of it as I want. ripping that CD takes too long. I don't give it away, I just have it on every device I own.

tomservo51
tomservo51

So Microfoft ads [sic] a 'feature' we get for free on our PCs 10 years ago and people are excited? We are going backwards folks.

The only thing Next-Gen about the Xbone is the price. 

CrusaderUK
CrusaderUK

@tomservo51 Yeah the PS4 is so next gen it can't play CD's or MP3's or use DLNA or connect to a media server or use external HDD's and has pretty non existent dedicated servers. 

rasterror
rasterror

@RainIsMyDrug @tomservo51 During the Sony hack my identity and $400 was stolen from my account by some random person.  At least if the NSA did get mine at least I know who it's going to.