More rumors of new Xbox Music service hit the Internet

At E3 2012 earlier in June, Microsoft officially announced plans to launch Xbox Music later in 2012, which is supposed to work on Windows 8, Windows Phone and the Xbox 360 console. Unfortunately, details about the service were not revealed at the time. Today, Bloomberg reports, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft has plans to make Xbox Music rival other similar services such as Apple's iTunes and Spotify.

Those plans reportedly include offering a streaming music service which can be accessed for a monthly or yearly fee. A music download store is also planned. Bloomberg also reports that Microsoft plans to offer some kind of cloud-based music storage service, which will support uploading songs purchased on Xbox Music or other services.

Microsoft is said to be in talks with the four major music publisher (Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony and EMI) to support the Xbox Music service. The report adds that Microsoft might launch Xbox Music without all of the rights secured at first and may add features over time.

Microsoft has already announced that its current Zune music service will be retired in favor of Xbox Music. All current Zune music subscribers will be rolled into the Xbox Music service but details of how that will work have yet to be announced.

Source: Bloomberg

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I have a ZunePass and love it. But currently, I have Android devices and when I am out without my Zune, I use Spotify. It would be great to have this all in one with XBOX Music. And I hope I can still sync with my ZuneHD!

Luka Radunovic said,
So since i am planning to stay on Windows 7 with this i will lose my Zune Service and be forced out?

They may create an Xbox Music app for Windows 7, or they may just update the Zune app with a rebrand. I doubt they'd alienate Windows 7 users.

Luka Radunovic said,
So since i am planning to stay on Windows 7 with this i will lose my Zune Service and be forced out?

Yeah I think you're safe. No way in hell would they alienate hundreds of millions of potential users.

Also, paying for a Zune Pass and noticing when you stop paying for Gold on XBL stops you using it on Xbox was one of the last straws for me with Gold/app access on Xbox. Won't get a penny more from me until that changes.

Maybe this time they will tell people it exists so that the general public won't give a blank stare at me when I ask them about it.

While Zune is good like the software and pass it is lacking in some ways.

Songs I've downloaded aren't mirrored on my PC or Xbox for example, neither are playlists, you can't create custom ones outside of the PC other than the now playing list on the other platforms. Cross platform cloud stuff needs a lot of work and I imagine that will be a big thing with Xbox Music, at least I hope so because it's a hassle in its current form compared to Spotify on different devices as everything goes with you regardless of platform

oceanmotion said,
Songs I've downloaded aren't mirrored on my PC or Xbox for example, neither are playlists, you can't create custom ones outside of the PC other than the now playing list on the other platforms. Cross platform cloud stuff needs a lot of work and I imagine that will be a big thing with Xbox Music, at least I hope so because it's a hassle in its current form compared to Spotify on different devices as everything goes with you regardless of platform

I think they need to intergrate sync playlists or something, this where it fell IMHO... I have a playlist at home, playlist at work andone on my xbox, all pretty much the same but still required manually syncing them at least the PC ones can be a quick copy and paste

I don't get it. All these plans are exactly the same as the Zune service. Still has streaming, still has downloading, still has purchases, still has downloads, still available on the same platforms, still has the same music.

For all intents and purposes, this is just a rebrand and re-hyping of the (admittedly awesome and underappreciated) Zune service, unless I'm missing something?

~Johnny said,
I don't get it. All these plans are exactly the same as the Zune service. Still has streaming, still has downloading, still has purchases, still has downloads, still available on the same platforms, still has the same music.

For all intents and purposes, this is just a rebrand and re-hyping of the (admittedly awesome and underappreciated) Zune service, unless I'm missing something?


and it will more deeply integrated with the xbox, I'm assuming. I wish they had provided more details at e3 though.

~Johnny said,
I don't get it. All these plans are exactly the same as the Zune service. Still has streaming, still has downloading, still has purchases, still has downloads, still available on the same platforms, still has the same music.

For all intents and purposes, this is just a rebrand and re-hyping of the (admittedly awesome and underappreciated) Zune service, unless I'm missing something?

I'd like to see it open up for other platforms. That would make it a lot better service, since Rdio isn't on the Xbox.

~Johnny said,
I don't get it. All these plans are exactly the same as the Zune service. Still has streaming, still has downloading, still has purchases, still has downloads, still available on the same platforms, still has the same music.

For all intents and purposes, this is just a rebrand and re-hyping of the (admittedly awesome and underappreciated) Zune service, unless I'm missing something?

I agree in part, but also think that this rebranding has more depth.

They are now aligning the music service with xbox - xbox is one of their biggest consumer brands, doing this would not have been a light decision, and the whole alignment that is currently going on within MS consumer side ( I know all about the server side as well with cloud being resident #1, and LOVE IT) I can see this as having a lot of backbone.

Reason #1: Zune is rock solid, just under marketed - sure it could do with additional features but as it is, its fine.
Reason #2: They simply can't afford to dilute the xbox brand, so I don't think they will.
Reason #3: Aligning the zune brand with xbox will instantly make the service more popular (xbox live users) while not alienating anyone (subscription will still work)
Reason #4: The whole xBox Live system, along with kinnect has been in a 'shift cycle' for a while, trying to attract a more integrated, family oriented and living room friendly approach for a while
Reason #5 The next xBox - not going into rumours but still excited due to the way things are going elsewhere (unified core etc. - maybe not for games though, umm,
Reason #6 Alignment with W8 phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, SkyDrive, from deep design upto native API's for devs to use
Reason #7 Lets not forget the years old design MS had (3 screens) and now the DOJ restrictions are lifted they can do it.
Reason #8 Apple seem to now have the ‘darling of the internet'; crown, and its not a pretty crown, people for some reason want to knock it off your head

It just sounds like all of the features of Zune, re-branded and available world wide day 1...

We still dont have SmartDJ in AUS on Zune here which is why Spotify is going soo well here compared to Zune

Lets see if they offer a discounted rate for Xbox Gold members to 'Add Music' to your subscription

~Johnny said,
I don't get it. All these plans are exactly the same as the Zune service. Still has streaming, still has downloading, still has purchases, still has downloads, still available on the same platforms, still has the same music.

For all intents and purposes, this is just a rebrand and re-hyping of the (admittedly awesome and underappreciated) Zune service, unless I'm missing something?

Zune never had any skydrive support though, and we know for sure that a future update to skydrive will bring support for mp3/music streaming to your devices, that whole "locker" thing that it talks about. Also, as far as I've seen, I don't have the ability to use Play To in the Zune client so I can't have it stream my music from my PC or any device to another one, I'd have to connect to the device through the other device (like my Xbox) to play my music on it.

Hmm, could be good, just have to wait and see. I never really liked itunes, but spotify is just awesome. The zune service also was good, though I don't think many used it.

Same as. Though I stopped using Spotify when I got a Windows Phone and switched to Zune because there wasn't a Spotify app at the time. Very, very quickly the Zune Pass combined with Bing Audio Search became my favourite feature of my Windows Phone. It's so integrated and seamless.