Last week, Microsoft launched iOS and Android apps for Xbox Music in a major expansion of its service. Today, the company announced that famed rock band Linkin Park has not only debuted their latest single, "A Light that Never Comes," on Xbox Music, but it will be the only place that (legally) people can listen to it for the next two weeks.
Xbox Wire has the details on this exclusive from a blog post written by Mike Shinoda, the lead rapper and co-vocalist of Linkin Park. Shinoda states that their relationship with Microsoft started with Halo tournaments on the original Xbox and then later evolved as the team worked to develop a music making application called Stagelight, which included support for touchscreens on Windows 8.
In working on Stagelight, I was introduced to Microsoft in a way that was surprising and intriguing. With new Windows devices that come with touchscreens, I saw a potential for the future of music writing, recording, and mixing--I envisioned these computers as the hub of the studio environment, augmenting or replacing the classic mixing consoles that currently eat up the studio space. As we met various people at Microsoft, I was inspired by the passion and creativity behind their innovations.
While streaming "A Light that Never Comes"" is a start, Shinoda says that he and Linkin Park will be collaborating with Microsoft in the future to "develop immersive, innovative experiences that give the fans the very best experience" for both Xbox Music and the upcoming Xbox One console.
Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Linkin Park