Nearing its one-year anniversary, Microsoft?s music service, Xbox Music, will be soon available to iOS and Android devices, as well as a free streaming via the Web.
Xbox Music has been offering free streaming on the Web and on Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Internet radio, subscription (called Xbox Music Pass), and download-to-own options. Starting from today, access to Xbox Music grows to include iOS and Android devices, as well as a free Web-based interface on computers. Xbox Music Pass offers access to the songs and artists you want with playback across your tablet, PC, phone and Xbox console for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. By adding a song to your collection on your Xbox, and you?ll also have that song on your iOS, Android or Windows 8 device on the go or at the office. Xbox Music Pass also unlocks unlimited access to thousands of music videos on your Xbox 360.
With the addition of free streaming on the Web, you acn have on-demand access to 30 million songs globally for free on the Xbox Music Web player at http://music.xbox.com or through the Xbox Music app on all Windows 8 tablets and PCs. You can search for any artist or song and also create an unlimited amount of playlists.
In the coming months, Microsoft will also dd Radio to the free Web player, a quick way to personalize your collection, discover new favorites, and create playlists by launching instant mixes based on your favorite artists. With unlimited skips and a view of the full recommended music stream, Radio puts you in control of your Internet radio experience.
Xbox Music will grow on Windows 8 when it adds the new Web Playlist tool this fall. The tool scans all the artists and music available on a given Web page and creates a custom playlist of all that music. Think about the Web page of your favorite radio station, or an upcoming music festival, and all the bands and songs included on that Web page. Web Playlist identifies all that music and creates an custom playlist inside Xbox Music with the touch of a button. Web Playlist along with Windows 8.1 will be released Oct. 17.
In the coming months, additional updates for iOS and Android platforms will become available, including an offline mode that lets you save your music to your device for playback without an Internet or data connection.