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