Xbox Music free trial on Xbox One limited to 15 songs

Microsoft corrects original statement, saying users will need to buy a Music Pass for ad-free streaming after trial runs out.

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Microsoft has corrected an earlier statement, confirming that no ad-supported free option for Xbox Music will be offered to Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One. Users will be able to stream 15 songs for free, and then must pay for an Xbox Music pass to continue.

"I was wrong about Music on Xbox One: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. Sorry!," Microsoft director of product planning Albert Penello clarified on Twitter.

Penello originally stated that Xbox Music would be free on Xbox One for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, though audio playback would be intermittently interrupted by ads.

An Xbox Music Pass costs $10 per month or $100 for a yearlong subscription.

Microsoft's Xbox Music service officially launched in October 2012. Free streaming (with ads) is now available throughmusic.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 for $500.

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Discussion

142 comments
folating_ballot
folating_ballot

Jist to get some clear answers here: do I need Live Gold AND Xbox Music to stream music from my (future) X1 console? Or just Xbox Music? And: do I need either Live Gold and/or Music to stream LOCAL music from my PC to the console?

Algearond
Algearond

Or, and here's an insane thought I know, you could do what I do, run Linux and listen to all your shit for free so you don't have to deal with either Gaystation or Microshaft

moesuir
moesuir

Excellent clarification MS, they made an error and very quickly corrected that error. Unlike Sony's Mark Cerny who goes on national television and LIES!!!!!! about the Share button being able to work with Youtube. But that's typical Sony tactic to make false statements, and be deceptive. lol, Sony Sucks

crazyrage23
crazyrage23

I'm not sure why people are complaining... Xbox music is no different than using Pandora. If you don't want to pay you don't have to! You can still listen to songs there's just ads.. If you really get that annoyed then you can pay to remove the ads.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

LOL @ the XboxOne turtles that used this as ammo against PS4 users in recent comments.  Now have to tuck in their Heads back into their shells after reading how this music crap really works.   lol FAIL..

FET4LJUICE
FET4LJUICE

They must be high if they think anyone will purchase a $100 yearlong subscription to this shit.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Who cares. I already have Google's All Access music from the Play Store for $7/month. I'd stick with that anyways because I don't have a Windows Phone for full integration of it. If Windows Phone put out a model that was more powerful than the Galaxy S4, the Nexus 5 or the HTC One... I'd happily switch. But I go where the power is for my smartphones.

zerofrust
zerofrust

"Illusion never changed into something real...."

GTR12
GTR12

This is now even more expensive than a subscription to music unlimited.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Backpedalling is an art that Microsoft mastered.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Errrrmmmmm..... I was never gonna use it... But still, that's just damn right awkward

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

well there goes that slightly positive news story. 

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

It would be too much to give away for free!

geralsmith0286
geralsmith0286

lmao! the laughter came out of me like a sonic boom when I read the article headline. Damn that sucks, I was looking forward to that feature.

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

MIcrosoft is limiting the trial version to 15 songs? Complain! I mean I know its an album and a half but I don't like paying for music. Fucking get over yourselves folks. 

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I really hate sounding like a Sony fanboy but MS, you're really making it as difficult as possible for me to find the good in your console, aren't you?

mattress805
mattress805

Microsoft's greed knows no bounds. As much as I like my 360, let's see. do I buy the console that allows me to play superior versions of a game at 1080p 60fps?. Or do I get the console that allows me to listen to CDs (which I havnt seen in more than 5 years), runs games at 720p (something which xbox 360 could do 8 YEARS ago), and forces me to pay for motion controls (something I will NEVER pay one penny for.)?   Decisions, Decisions 

zerofrust
zerofrust

Seriously, they need to let actual PR people handle their announcements.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Coming soon, ad splash screen while you music is playing.

wizaard88
wizaard88

At least I can play my own MP3s... ;-)

But back to the topic: it's a shame it's only 15 songs, I was looking forward to it.

LickTheEnvelope
LickTheEnvelope

Not that i'd ever use either but i'm wondering why the Xbox Music service is $40 more a year than the Sony Music service. I guess because Sony has most of the actual Artists under contract?

XxAK47xX
XxAK47xX

dam i got so happy yesterday! what ever. snap mode > youtube > +playlist =win

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

do they not know that people watch and listen to allot of music videos through You Tube for FREE!?

McCraryStyles
McCraryStyles

Wow squeeze every penny you can and not rewarding your loyal customers. No just give them "15 songs"???? DaFuq

mr_nee
mr_nee

@crazyrage23 "No ad-supported streaming. Sorry!" - you don't get option to stream for free with ads. what ever... Grooveshark + PS3 works fine

moesuir
moesuir

@DARKSPACE LoL sony troll, remember MS likes to do 180s so they could still change their policy after launch.

crazyrage23
crazyrage23

@CaveManCobb You can stream all the songs you want... if you want no ads then you pay.. read the article

night_drifter05
night_drifter05

@mattress805 It's actually higher then 720P and the Xbox 360 90% of the game's were 540 upscaled so it couldn't do 720 which bring's me to my final point that you can't see the difference since you thought all Xbox game's were 720 when they were usually 640-640 upscaled.

jacquelineferre
jacquelineferre

@wizaard88 NO, you can't but you can play CDs if you have one.

tigress666
tigress666

@crazyrage23 @CaveManCobbNope, you need to read: "No ad-supported streaming. Sorry" ;). Says right in Penello's quote (and directly addresses that).

tigress666
tigress666

@night_drifter05 @mattress805The point is you are paying more for a less capable machine (unless you really want to use kinect and then the hardware might be worth more for you). I mean sure, right now it's just graphics, but that difference could mean in the future the PS4 gets the better running games, gets the games with more details in the graphics, gets more on screen AI you have to contend with, etc.

The issue isn't really the graphical difference now rather than the difference in potential with the two machines.

At this point the only reason for a lot of gamers to buy the xbox is if it has the games they really want (and I can understand buying the lesser powered console even if it is more expensive if the games that are important to you are on it, after all, it is the games you buy it for ;) ) or if they really like kinect (and MS right now is pinning their hopes on that except they haven't bothered to have anything to really showcase it.. which makes you wonder what their real purpose with kinect is. If it has so much gaming potential, why haven't they put some focus on making a game that really showcases that potential? That really should have been a priority.

mattress805
mattress805

@night_drifter05 Well, you may be right. But the fact remains that some of the biggest titles of the year are running at 720p on the xbox one and they dont even manufacture 720p flat screens any more. Microsoft put too much processing power into motion control features and features like switching back and forth between TV and games. Stuff that the majority of gamers DONT want. Its great for casuals and families. Good for them. They're not the ones buying 10 games a year, though.  

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@jacquelineferre You can play CDs and MP3s on the XBOX One. It's the PS4 that doesn't support that. Well not until the second OS update hits sometime in the future.

tigress666
tigress666

@ominous_prime @McCraryStyleswell if you have gold. And after this year (they said 2014, not it will come with a year), you have to pay for gold and on top of that you pay for live Gold.

tom2750
tom2750

@jacquelineferre @DamnILoveGames that's not there only exclusives you moron if you actually spent more time on other websites besides game spot you may have known of a few more exclusives

jacquelineferre
jacquelineferre

@night_drifter05 I admmit that I forgot to add Infamous second son, DCU and Planet side2 to the PS4 list but I also forgot Crimson Dragon for the XBONE.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@jacquelineferre @DamnILoveGames I know, and like I said Dead Rising is the only one that interests me. However, of the games you listed in the PS4, 4 out of those 5 have me intrigued. It's all down to personal opinion, just because the Xbox One has more games doesn't mean they're better to me per se.

night_drifter05
night_drifter05

@jacquelineferre @DamnILoveGames I like how you skipped every major sony exclusive. Maybe you should stop being such a fanboy and actually look at the list of exclusvies since Sony is DOUBLING the Xbox One in year one exclusives.

jacquelineferre
jacquelineferre

@DamnILoveGames I'm not talking about only launch titles I'm talking about exclusives in general.

Xbox One: Sunset Overdrive, Halo 5 , Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, Ryse, Quantum Break, Killer Instinct, Below, Project Spark, D4, Black Tsuk Project and the crappy but still exclusive Kinnect Sports Rivalc.

PS4: The order, Driveclub, Infamous second son, knack and killzone,

Sony has a pretty speech on how they are focusing on gamers but in reality they have almost nothing.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@ThrashMatt26 @DamnILoveGames @jacquelineferre Indeed, with the PS4 those two are the only games that have me intrigued. I'm going to hold off until next year. By then I should be able to net one slightly cheaper, there'll be more updates fixing things and the game choice will be more expansive as well.

ThrashMatt26
ThrashMatt26

@DamnILoveGames @jacquelineferre Same, Ryse and Dead Rising are all that interest me out of the launch lineup, same thing with PS4 with Knack and Killzone: Shadowfall. At least with the PS4 I know i'm going to get at least one game I am really going to enjoy.

tom2750
tom2750

@ominous_prime @mattress805 no its not you idiot why would you mention Wii u exclusives? if 2 systems are equally as powerful they would run the SAME GAMES at the same resolution and frame rate saying that its developers fault because the WII U has more 1080p native games is stupid no shit they do they are less demanding with inferior graphics to ps4 and Xbone games but the fact of the matter is the ps4 is running the SAME GAMES as Xbox one but at a higher native resolution and at a higher and more consistent frame rate then the Xbox one from the battlefield 4 ps4 vs Xbox one frame rate tests both are ment to be 60fps but both drop under that at times (obviously) but the Xbox one version drops more often and by a higher amount of frames despite the fact the ps4 version is also running in a higher native resolution and games could also have better/higher graphics on the ps4 not just resolution and frame rates

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@mattress805 The blame on the resolution lies at the developer. It the tech is what you want, the Wii U has more games running at 1080P natively than any other console or you can get a PC. Stop focusing so much on things you won't even notice when playing the game.