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Microsoft launches web based Xbox Music to challenge Spotify

Browser version available only for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Mon Jul 01 2013, 12:25
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft launched a web version of Xbox Music on Monday, allowing the streaming of the service's music libraries directly from any web browser.

Previously available only on Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone, the music service can now be accessed from music.xbox.com, with a design that adapts to your browser size.

However, as with the phone and console versions, only Xbox Music Pass subscribers can access the web player, although Microsoft is offering those curious a 30 day free trial.

Xbox Music on the web has a user interface very similar to that of Windows 8.1, however, you can't create or listen to radios on the website, though it's possible that Microsoft will add this in the future.

Xbox Music launched on 26 October debuting on the Xbox 360 console via Xbox Live, before making its way to PCs, laptops and tablets running the Windows 8/RT operating system.

Lifting the media streaming service from the console, it now packs a greater punch in challenging its major rival, Swedish music service Spotify, and offers greater flexibility over more senior music services such as Apple's iTunes.

The race for ruler of internet music streaming is only getting more competitive as consumer technology vendors launch their respective services. Apple unveiled its iRadio service at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier this month, for example, as the firm eyes internet radio services to compete with Spotify and Google Play Music All Access.

This news comes coupled with speculation that Microsoft might launch Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android, but this is yet to be confirmed. µ

 

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