Captain Obvious: Xbox Music pricing = Zune Pass pricing

Well would you look at that! New leaks have surfaced thanks to the Windows 8 Music app that reveal the pricing of Xbox Music, the renamed successor to the Zune Pass. And who could have guessed? The pricing is exactly the same for the "new" service Microsoft will be providing in Windows 8 and on the Xbox 360.

For those in the United States, pricing comes in at US$9.99 per month for an Xbox Music Pass, or $99.90 for a year. If you live in the UK, you can get a Pass for £8.99 for one month or £89.90 for a year's worth - a premium of 46% over the United States pricing when conversions are factored in. Also, the screenshots provided seem to indicate that, at this stage, the UK will not have a free trial of the service.

Other rumored features for Xbox Music include an ad-supported Spotify-like streaming service, a music matching scanning service similar to what Apple offers, and a "single tier dual subscription streaming service" which hasn't been fully explained yet. Although, because the launch of Windows 8 is so close, these features will likely be unveiled very soon.

Source: WMPowerUser | The Verge | Thanks to our tipsters as well!

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Its a shame, I was hoping there would be some discount/bundle going for XBL and XBM

Guess we need to wait for the Windows 7 app to hit before we see any major changes

paulheu said,
Outside US it's such a rip off.. paying $15

Outside the US minimum wage is more than twice that of the us some places several times more. You can't look at just the value for value on the price and think its a rip off when in reality it's actually cheaper.

HawkMan said,

Outside the US minimum wage is more than twice that of the us some places several times more. You can't look at just the value for value on the price and think its a rip off when in reality it's actually cheaper.

Some places it is, but MOST places it's not.

Why would anybody want to pay monthly for this Zune service. Don't most people just buy the tracks and just keep them for good? I think its cool, but for 9.99/month...I think that's kinda steep.

I like the old system, $14.99 a month but you buy and keep 10 tracks, so it's effectively $5 for the streaming. I wish they didn't do away with that.

g0ld1e said,
Why would anybody want to pay monthly for this Zune service. Don't most people just buy the tracks and just keep them for good? I think its cool, but for 9.99/month...I think that's kinda steep.

It's worth it, you get 10 free downloads/month to keep + unlimited downloads/streaming for the rest. I like it a lot, better than Spotify.

g0ld1e said,
Why would anybody want to pay monthly for this Zune service. Don't most people just buy the tracks and just keep them for good? I think its cool, but for 9.99/month...I think that's kinda steep.

Let's see, I can buy 1 album a month for $13-14, or I can pay $10 a month and get access to pretty much every song I could possibly want and can download or stream them whenever I want, even on my phone. The only cheaper way to get music would be torrents, which I can't do on my phone. Nothing like pulling up the Bing music app, listening to the song playing in the car/restaurant/anywhere, then having it on my phone a few minutes later.

g0ld1e said,
Why would anybody want to pay monthly for this Zune service. Don't most people just buy the tracks and just keep them for good? I think its cool, but for 9.99/month...I think that's kinda steep.


How is it steep, it's the same price all competing service charge, and it gives you access to ALL the music you want. And no more and more people are using Zune pass services like this, spotify, wimp et al today.

g0ld1e said,
Why would anybody want to pay monthly for this Zune service. Don't most people just buy the tracks and just keep them for good? I think its cool, but for 9.99/month...I think that's kinda steep.

It's not steep if you consider how much music you might download that is "throw away" music, stuff you might listen to at the moment, but think is worthless in a month

g0ld1e said,
Why would anybody want to pay monthly for this Zune service. Don't most people just buy the tracks and just keep them for good? I think its cool, but for 9.99/month...I think that's kinda steep.

Millions of songs available on your PC, Phone and Xbox(Stupid Gold required). Different but such a wealth of content , you can't help not loving it over a 30 second sample.

If you buy a CD or two a month, you can see how it would balance its self out, with more music to listen to and buying your favourites over time would be much the same.

Spotify Premium is £9.99 for comparison. Decent deal from MS.

g0ld1e said,
Why would anybody want to pay monthly for this Zune service. Don't most people just buy the tracks and just keep them for good? I think its cool, but for 9.99/month...I think that's kinda steep.

I pay for two. My wife and I both have a music pass. At anytime either one of us can open up Xbox Music on Windows 8, Xbox, or Windows Phones and listen to anything we want.

siah1214 said,

Let's see, I can buy 1 album a month for $13-14, or I can pay $10 a month and get access to pretty much every song I could possibly want and can download or stream them whenever I want, even on my phone. The only cheaper way to get music would be torrents, which I can't do on my phone. Nothing like pulling up the Bing music app, listening to the song playing in the car/restaurant/anywhere, then having it on my phone a few minutes later.

Or I'd figure you can save the money and go to other music streaming/downloading services. My cousin for example, gets each album at $1. So that's about 13-14 albums. I can give you guys information about the website, I'll ask my cousin.

Do you get to keep the files you have downloaded even after cancelling subscription. What about music files that have not been uploaded to an album. Singles and/or Mixtapes? Wouldn't you rather just download some of the files than spend $10 a month = $120/year?

The only reason I am saying this is steep is because I like to spend money on material objects that I can actually keep and not have taken away from me when I don't have the money to pay the 'monthly cost'.

Besides torrents, hulkshare soundcloud, etc? I guess the only bad thing is the amount of time required to find the files and + you don't get universal streaming

MrMollberg said,

It's worth it, you get 10 free downloads/month to keep + unlimited downloads/streaming for the rest. I like it a lot, better than Spotify.

Okay 10 free downloads eh. Not bad, not bad. If I were to purchase of iTunes it would be $1 a track, so I guess with Xbox music I would get all 10 plus unlimited streaming. Hmm.

g0ld1e said,
Why would anybody want to pay monthly for this Zune service. Don't most people just buy the tracks and just keep them for good? I think its cool, but for 9.99/month...I think that's kinda steep.

If you follow a lot of music, picking up even 2 albums a month makes this much cheaper.

If you consider that most people 'continue' to buy music the rest of their life, this is even a better deal, as you get access to everything being released. Have a kid that follows Glee and wants all the songs each week and you will really like Zune/Xbox Music Pass.

What is strange is people that are into music, don't seem to think they will keep buying music, and yet they do. Over the past year, I have paid a little over $100 and have a rich collection of current music, in comparison to one of iTunes friends that has bought songs here and there and they have paid close to $250 in the same time period and have far less content than I do.

Considering they will 'continue' to buy music the rest of their life, and I will continue to buy music the rest of my life, the Xbox/Zune Pass is the best deal. PERIOD.


PS
(Some of us also still have the 10 downloads a month that are drm-free and you can keep forever, making the service only a couple of bucks to have all the additional songs available.)

g0ld1e said,

Or I'd figure you can save the money and go to other music streaming/downloading services. My cousin for example, gets each album at $1. So that's about 13-14 albums. I can give you guys information about the website, I'll ask my cousin.

Do you get to keep the files you have downloaded even after cancelling subscription. What about music files that have not been uploaded to an album. Singles and/or Mixtapes? Wouldn't you rather just download some of the files than spend $10 a month = $120/year?

The only reason I am saying this is steep is because I like to spend money on material objects that I can actually keep and not have taken away from me when I don't have the money to pay the 'monthly cost'.

Besides torrents, hulkshare soundcloud, etc? I guess the only bad thing is the amount of time required to find the files and + you don't get universal streaming

This is LEGAL, which kind of destroys the rest of your argument.

Also if you can't afford the service for a couple of months, you just can't access the music for a couple of months, you don't even have to redownload them, as soon as your subscription becomes active again, you gain full access.

Sure torrents and other 'streaming - record' are free or virtually free, yet they are not legal ways to 'retain' copies of copyrighted material.

You can photo copy all the books in your local library too, but it is not as 'easy' and not as 'legal.'

Get it?

thenetavenger said,

This is LEGAL, which kind of destroys the rest of your argument.

Also if you can't afford the service for a couple of months, you just can't access the music for a couple of months, you don't even have to redownload them, as soon as your subscription becomes active again, you gain full access.

Sure torrents and other 'streaming - record' are free or virtually free, yet they are not legal ways to 'retain' copies of copyrighted material.

You can photo copy all the books in your local library too, but it is not as 'easy' and not as 'legal.'

Get it?

Actually, the website that I receive albums from is a legal website. I'll try to ask my cousin actually and i'll post it on the forum you guys can tell me!

In Canada though, "Piracy for personal use is no longer targeted" as stated by RCMP.

MrMollberg said,

It's worth it, you get 10 free downloads/month to keep + unlimited downloads/streaming for the rest. I like it a lot, better than Spotify.
Err I would look again, they dumped the getting 10 songs deal a long time ago...

Sraf said,

You say that now, just wait until Bevets shows up

Thou hath spoken the name of the evil one. You must repent now.