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Microsoft to Announce New iTunes Rival: Xbox Music

guttentag (313541) writes | about a year and a half ago

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guttentag (313541) writes "On Monday, Microsoft plans to announce a service called Xbox Music that will offer access to a global catalog of about 30 million songs. The service will let consumers listen free to any song on computers and tablets running the latest version of its Windows software, as well as on the Xbox console. Microsoft will not initially limit how much music can be streamed, though that could change over time.

The service is part of a broad set of bets Microsoft is making this fall to help regain ground it has lost to competitors Apple, Google, Amazon, Pandora and Spotify. In addition to Windows 8, which will start shipping Oct. 26, the company is close to releasing a new version of its Windows Phone operating system and the tablet device called Surface."

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Finally catching on (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41656427)

Well, at the very least, Microsoft is trying to use the somewhat successful XBox name to pull this off. They've caught on to THAT, at any rate.

Now, to wait until the clever point of their plan that makes us all forget the complete failures of music stores they had in the past (Zune Marketplace, whatever the hell PlaysForSure did, etc) AND cause them to rise above the several, well-established competitors mentioned, most of which work on devices that aren't doomed to failure. Man, that oughta be an AWESOME plan, since I can't possibly imagine what that plan would be!

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