Microsoft to launch browser version of Xbox Music

Microsoft is reportedly getting ready to expand its Xbox Music service beyond its downloadable clients into the web browser space. A new report states that a browser version of Xbox Music will launch sometime next week.

The Verge reports, via unnamed sources, that the web version will be similar to the one that is offered by Spotify, allowing users to stream music via their browser and manage their playlists. Indeed, a page on the Xbox.com website that promotes Xbox Music had a notice that the service would be available on the web. That note has since been removed.

So far, Xbox Music can be accessed via apps for Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8 and the Xbox 360 console. Microsoft launched a new version of the Windows 8 Xbox Music app this past weekend, which added an in-app search tool to find tracks as well as a way to listen for up to 15 songs for free without singing into the service itself.

Adding Xbox Music support to web browser would allow the service to be access on many more PCs, including those who have Windows 7, Vista and XP installed along with Mac and Linux PCs, depending on the system requirements.

Source: The Verge | Image via Microsoft

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Wow, maybe I can finally utilize the 1 year subscription I got for free. Don't own a Surface or Windows Phone so it was pretty much useless to me. Let's face it, I am not firing up my Xbox to listen to music. That is just extremely stupid.

This is fine, and good for them to do but can they, maybe, just maybe, expand Xbox Music to more markets? FFS, I can't get access to lots of these streaming services in my part of the EU. You'd think MS could have worked out something by now, damn copyright holders and all this licensing red tape.

And people wonder why MS push HTML5+JS for Modern apps.

Makes extending outside Modern easy. Also, if Modern fails to take off, they've already redefined the web.

xbox music is the only music service that has
1. a massive collection
2. ability to stream unlimited music for $100 per year when you have not previously downloaded or bought the music
3. ability to download unlimited music so you can move to other device and play later with no internet access.
there is no rational reason to use any other service.

peterpulmonary said,
xbox music is the only music service that has
1. a massive collection
2. ability to stream unlimited music for $100 per year when you have not previously downloaded or bought the music
3. ability to download unlimited music so you can move to other device and play later with no internet access.
there is no rational reason to use any other service.

1. Spotify has a massive collection and gets many releases the day of launch
2. Spotify lets you stream unlimited music for free with ads or without ads for a monthly subscription.
3. Spotify lets you have offline music on up to 3 mobile devices and 3 computers.

Spotify is available on Windows, Mac OS, WP, iOS, Android, as well as a browser.

-adrian- said,
xbox music streaming is free as well

Last time I checked, it was not possible to use the Xbox Music streaming service in Norway without signing up for a premium account.

15 songs for free without singing into the service itself

Actually a karaoke feature might not be such a bad idea...

Hmmm, but this already existed for a long time on the Zune website. With a Zune Pass, you could stream from the Zune website. Seems to be gone now.

You're right.

But, can we complain if they actually go forward and reintegrate features that were lost?
There seem to be some changes in the way Microsoft invests in its music ecosystem. Someone finally saw the light...

Good. Now add a browser version of Skype as well. Since you cannot login with a Microsoft account on WP7 (F.U. MS).

There already is a browser version of Skype integrated into Outlook.com, it was deployed in the UK earlier today and has been on the US version for a while I believe. On topic I really hope they integrate Xbox Music into Outlook.com.

This is a great move, I love xbox music.

I was about ready to sell my RT tablet (sorry, RT laptop in a tablet case) but xbox music has kept me tied to the ecosystem.

Great! This is a good move. Microsoft should extend Xbox music to to browser, Android, OS X and iOS. Native apps, plus a browser experience will allow more to enjoy their music wherever!

When announced, Microsoft said they would have Android and iOS versions, but we've yet to seem them. I love Xbox Music (and MS and Zune), but this is simply pathetic. Right now I'm being forced onto Android (waiting to upgrade because Sprint STILL has no WP8s!!) and I would very much like access to my music from my desktop and Surface.

sprint announced their two new phones. htc 8xt and samasung ativ s neo. they're okay. they're no nokia lumias that's for sure. still not out yet though.

KingCurry21 said,
sprint announced their two new phones. htc 8xt and samasung ativ s neo. they're okay. they're no nokia lumias that's for sure. still not out yet though.
I made my comment the night before the announcement.

oh ahah my bad. what is your opinion on those two phones by the way? i also have sprint and have been impatiently waiting for a nokia or premium wp8 but nothing. they don't look too bad. Samsung seems like they're half-assing the wp8 line but htc seems a bit more into it. either way a nokia is the best way to go with wp8 in my opinion to ensure quality service and updates. thoughts?

Well, I picked up the 8XT the day of release (last Fri, the 19th) because I couldn't bear waiting any longer for a new phone. To be frank, I was initially sketched out by its mediocre specs and rehashed hardware. But, having owned it for a couple days, the phone is perfectly capable of being a daily driver. It is absolutely beautiful, the camera takes great photos and video, the back is removable, it's got 64GB expandable in SD, the list goes on. I do suggest it if you've been waiting for a WP like me.

That's not to say I won't upgrade to a flagship Nokia (like a Lumia 1025 perhaps? ) if one becomes available!

lol honestly I upgraded to a galaxy s4 not too long ago because my old phone was just too unbearable. but once my contract expires I hope they change that.
lets hope for a 1025 or heck even a 1120 in the near future?

Spotify is possibly the worst app on WP8 (& WTF is the modern app?). Any app that will cache a 10GB music collection, and then forget it has done so on the next launch is a liability, as I found to my cost too many times.

spotify drained my battery in two hours, even when it was not playing. It also constantly forgot that I had put playlists in offline mode, streamed anyway or just refused to download at all. It was good on my iphone, on windows phone 8 I hated it.