Microsoft launches web version of Xbox Music, live now

A report surfaced a week ago claiming that Microsoft would be launching a web-based version of their Xbox Music service and it seems the service is now live. Subscribers can access the service at music.xbox.com with the company also offering a 1-month free trial to non-paying Xbox fans.

The web-interface is very similar to the one found in the new Windows 8.1 Xbox Music app, though it does lack some of the bells and whistles. Xbox Music can be accessed through any browser on multiple machines with the service picking up exactly where you left off.

Until now Xbox Music was only accessible Windows 8, the Xbox 360, Windows Phones and Windows RT, but now the launch of the web service does a lot to enhance Microsoft’s music offering, with Xbox Music now being available to virtually anyone, on any device. Alongside the recent updates to the service itself, and to the Windows Xbox Music app this roll-out proves once again that Microsoft is determined to make Xbox Music a winning service.

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Given that it almost costs that much just to buy a single album, that price per month for unlimited music is pretty good IMO. Though $13.50 for UK is pretty steep, It probably has to do with the legalities with the music industry there in UK.

FINALLY! My work has yet to update me to Win8, so ive been stuck with headphones with my phone or pandora for destkop.

not really sure we need a web version, i dont use the version on my Windows Phone or my Windows 8 computer let alone needing a web version lol.

I'd like it if they'd open it up to more markets, so maybe then I can sign up for it and use it. Till then I can only look at the pictures and be left out.

Doesn't look like it works in Australia yet. It has a banner saying it's now available on web, but no options except to try the pass which I already have.

Now release an iPhone app version and I would switch from Spotify. And Android obviously.

And no I can't afford to get a Windows Phone right now, plus there are still several apps that I use that I can't get yet.

I remember there was an offer for Windows 8 users, something like three months of free music streaming using the app and then two hours daily. Is it still being offered on the new app?

-adrian- said,
Do playlists already support more than 1000 songs?
Did Radio replace the smart DJ?

Yeah Smart DJ has been renamed to Radio.

FalseAgent said,

Yeah Smart DJ has been renamed to Radio.

Hopefully it will work properly also on windows phone without errors throwing(whenever it may come). Needs voting and disabling of songs though

This is what sets companies like Spotify apart from Microsoft. I wanted to give it a try by the first it asked when I signed in was my credit card information and billing address ..which is insane.

On Spotify they allow to use the 14-day trial and afterwards they ask you to pay up , which you can pay with Paypal, a voucher or credit card. I don't have a credit card and I don't intend or getting one or giving my billing address to Microsoft.
Another customer lost!

Well you are clearly not lost but never signed up, right It is okay - they have to different Credit cards from my side. edit: not sure about the initial sign in but my paypal is registered at MS as well

ok lost "potential customer", I was really keen on switching from Spotify . It's weird that the first thing they're asking for is credit card (I make all my online payments with Paypal)

They initially asked me for a Credit Card (or to "Pay with PayPal"). I had no issue with it personally since it *is* up to you as the customer to make sure that you cancel any subscription before you get charged if you do not want to continue service. So far I have to say I like it. I'd say even though you're annoyed by it you should still give it a whirl.

Really hard to choose between this or Google's Music service since I have an Android Phone.

Honestly I'd love to get one, sadly I don't feel like paying retail for a phone right now (my contract is up in 2014 with Sprint at which I'll likely switch to T-Mobile) as well as I fear that when I get a Windows Phone the next release (Windows Phone 9) will once again require a new set of devices to receive it.

[quote=Grinch said,] They initially asked me for a Credit Card (or to "Pay with PayPal"). I had no issue with it personally since it *is* up to you as the customer to make sure that you cancel any subscription before you get charged if you do not want to continue service. So far I have to say I like it. I'd say even though you're annoyed by it you should still give it a whirl.

I think it's stupid that the first thing they ask is your credit card.. let the person try it and if the like it they'll gladly pay for it. Well I don't think I'm missing much, Spotify works just fine.

This is how many trials work. You add your payment details, but you are NOT charged until your trial runs out. They will only authorize the payment method to check it's there to use should you continue with the service.

Just remember to cancel the trial before it runs out, or you WILL be charged.

jren207 said,
This is how many trials work. You add your payment details, but you are NOT charged until your trial runs out. They will only authorize the payment method to check it's there to use should you continue with the service.

Just remember to cancel the trial before it runs out, or you WILL be charged.

Still doesn't excuse the fact that you need to pay for it whereas for Windows 8/8.1 you can listen to streaming music (with ads) without paying. Similar thing with Spotify and their free service.

Was really hoping I could drop Spotify on my Win 7 box and use the web version of this with ads but I guess not.

kinpin said,
This is what sets companies like Spotify apart from Microsoft. I wanted to give it a try by the first it asked when I signed in was my credit card information and billing address ..which is insane.

On Spotify they allow to use the 14-day trial and afterwards they ask you to pay up , which you can pay with Paypal, a voucher or credit card. I don't have a credit card and I don't intend or getting one or giving my billing address to Microsoft.
Another customer lost!


Microsoft accepts PayPal. And they give you a 30-day trial for free, where you just have to provide a payment method first (which is quite common for paid services).

briangw said,

Still doesn't excuse the fact that you need to pay for it whereas for Windows 8/8.1 you can listen to streaming music (with ads) without paying. Similar thing with Spotify and their free service.

Was really hoping I could drop Spotify on my Win 7 box and use the web version of this with ads but I guess not.


I have no choice to listen with ads on my Windows 8 computer. The moment I try to stream, I need to sign up for the premium account. I assume this is related to different licensing in different regions.

Lamp Post said,

I have no choice to listen with ads on my Windows 8 computer. The moment I try to stream, I need to sign up for the premium account. I assume this is related to different licensing in different regions.

You're probably right. I can add music into the Music app and about halfway through streaming an album you get an ad and then it continues on.

FalseAgent said,
holy smokes, the webapp is amazing! it works almost identical to the Xbox Music app on Windows 8!

Yet another reason for anyone not to use windows 8 apps.

sagum said,

Yet another reason for anyone not to use windows 8 apps.


How do you even come up with that logic? An awesome web app deters you away from the actual app which is near the same?

Unless your trolling, then trolalong.

sagum said,

Yet another reason for anyone not to use windows 8 apps.


Dude. There are lots of apps on the iPad that are only slightly better than their webapp counterparts. Does that give users a reason to not use those apps? Clearly, no.

FalseAgent said,
it works almost identical to the Xbox Music app on Windows 8!

Not even remotely a good thing. And no, not trolling. The Xbox experience on Windows 8 is pure turd.

ZipZapRap said,

Not even remotely a good thing. And no, not trolling. The Xbox experience on Windows 8 is pure turd.


I MEAN THE XBOX MUSIC APP IN WINDOWS 8.1
my goodness, can't you people tell the difference.

ZipZapRap said,
The experience in 8.1, whilst an improvement, is still nowhere near it should be.

and what should it be, may I ask, mister? It's definitely cleaner looking, less cluttered, and more pleasant to use than iTunes or Spotify right now, with most of the features to match.

FalseAgent said,

and what should it be, may I ask, mister? It's definitely cleaner looking, less cluttered, and more pleasant to use than iTunes or Spotify right now, with most of the features to match.

It's getting there, but it still needs some work. Cloud matching for example, is still horrendous. I have a song on my PC, match it to the cloud and I get a completely different song. If only they'd allow manual matching. An option for you to specify that this is the metadata that you want for a particular song. Kinda lika Google Play Music.

Sszecret said,

It's getting there, but it still needs some work. Cloud matching for example, is still horrendous. I have a song on my PC, match it to the cloud and I get a completely different song. If only they'd allow manual matching. An option for you to specify that this is the metadata that you want for a particular song. Kinda lika Google Play Music.

When I open Xbox Music on my Surface it shows the music I have stored locally on my desktop, and lets me access all of them through the cloud.

notchinese said,

When I open Xbox Music on my Surface it shows the music I have stored locally on my desktop, and lets me access all of them through the cloud.

Haven't said it doesn't, it's just that sometimes the cloud matching is quite bad, to put it lightly. And it's not like I have songs that are so teribly obscure.

Sszecret said,

It's getting there, but it still needs some work. Cloud matching for example, is still horrendous. I have a song on my PC, match it to the cloud and I get a completely different song. If only they'd allow manual matching. An option for you to specify that this is the metadata that you want for a particular song. Kinda lika Google Play Music.


Yeah, that I can get on board with. Sometimes it applies the wrong album art and metadata as well. Everything from MS has been like that since Windows Media Player 11, but at least WMP let you manually match. Only Zune did it right AFAIK.

Sszecret said,

Haven't said it doesn't, it's just that sometimes the cloud matching is quite bad, to put it lightly. And it's not like I have songs that are so teribly obscure.

So this one issue, that is likely improving with time, is what makes you absolutely hate the Xbox Music app? What else is missing?

Mulsivaas said,
So this one issue, that is likely improving with time, is what makes you absolutely hate the Xbox Music app? What else is missing?

I didn't say I hated the app. Please, re-read my comment.
What I said was that cloud matching sometimes messes up perfectly fine metadata, and that an option to manually match the songs would be welcome.
What's missing? For example, you can already view the properties of the track, so the addition of an "edit" button in order to fix missing aspects of the metadata (wrong album art, etc) would also be good.

Okay, I apologize. I paraphrased this

Sszecret said,
It's getting there, but it still needs some work.
as hate.

I still want to know what is truly missing, though.