Has Microsoft finally found the formula to beat iTunes?
Xbox Music chief Scott Porter
Microsoft plans to eventually offer a “scan and match” service which seems to closely resemble the service currently offered by iTunes Match
Windows Phone 8 support is on its way and Android and iOS-compatible Xbox Music will eventually be forthcoming
Initially, Xbox Music will be available on Xbox only, at a price of US$9.99 per month
Microsoft hopes Xbox Music will offer a more cohesive experience, when compared to using multiple services like Spotify and iTunes
Due to launch October 16 on the Xbox, Xbox Music will also be coming to Windows 8 when the new operating system launches 10 days later
The cloud-based Xbox Music service boasts a 30 million-song catalog
As big companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft each compete to gain supremacy in the “Post-PC” era, a killer ecosystem is thought key to keeping users locked in to one particular platform. While we can grant Microsoft’s gaming and business pedigree, its music services have been lacking thus far, and to address this, the Redmond company is launching a new music streaming service dubbed “Xbox Music,” which will be available from Tuesday October 16 on Xbox 360, with further platforms gaining support soon.
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