Report: Xbox Music to launch Oct. 26

A new report claims Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Music service will be launching on Oct. 26, the same day Windows 8 and the Windows RT Surface tablet are released.

According to Tom Warren of The Verge, who has a strong track record, the new service will include an ad-supported streaming version in addition to a paid service. Warren says multiple sources have informed him the service will also feature SkyDrive integration that will allow users to store music and playlists on the service. Those media files would then be playable on supported devices. The same sources claim Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android won't be available on the Oct. 26 launch date.

Xbox Music is expected to launch with an Xbox Music Pass that will be nearly identical to Microsoft's former Zune Music Pass. The company is currently testing an Xbox 360 dashboard update that will include the new service. A recent leak revealed the Xbox Music Pass will cost the same as the Zune Music Pass.

Source: The Verge

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My question is.... what does XBOX have to do with XBOX Music? Why not give it its own title?

Game Console Music?

Microsoft Music, Microsoft Tunes, SkyTunes... etc?

I don't have an XBOX and I'm not getting one any time soon... I have a Spotify Premium account that I use on two computers and my iPhone.

I'm getting a Surface tablet when they come out and I sincerely hope that Spotify launches an app that day as well.

I just think they could have been a bit more creative than XBOX Music.

MidTxWRX said,
My question is.... what does XBOX have to do with XBOX Music? Why not give it its own title?

Game Console Music?

Microsoft Music, Microsoft Tunes, SkyTunes... etc?

I don't have an XBOX and I'm not getting one any time soon... I have a Spotify Premium account that I use on two computers and my iPhone.

I'm getting a Surface tablet when they come out and I sincerely hope that Spotify launches an app that day as well.

I just think they could have been a bit more creative than XBOX Music.

You just know Apple would try and sue for skytunes

Hardcore Til I Die said,

You just know Apple would try and sue for skytunes

I thought the same thing as I typed that lol.

MidTxWRX said,
My question is.... what does XBOX have to do with XBOX Music? Why not give it its own title?
They tried that with Zune, but it never gained much attention, whereas the Xbox brand already has a very positive reputation. Xbox is now Microsoft's brand for all their entertainment offerings, including non-console games: Xbox-branded games are available for Windows Phone and now Windows 8+RT.

I just hope that they release a decent Desktop client. The metro Xbox Music app on Windows 8 is really a lackluster application, and if the desktop version is anything similar, then I'm sticking with Zune as my player of choice.

A real question will be on XBOX if my own ripped CD music collection will show up side by side with the XBOX music, in the XBOX music app, OR will I have to go to the stupid Music Player on XBOX to access my own music. This has been my only problem with the whole Zune on Xbox this whole time. AND if all that will also be able to play to Xbox from smartglass.

jimmyfal said,
A real question will be on XBOX if my own ripped CD music collection will show up side by side with the XBOX music, in the XBOX music app, OR will I have to go to the stupid Music Player on XBOX to access my own music. This has been my only problem with the whole Zune on Xbox this whole time. AND if all that will also be able to play to Xbox from smartglass.

I agree 100% and to make matters worse; that 1990s music app sucks when you wanna play your own music. Surprised me when Google launched the Nexus Q that the music playback had that same visualization that was used in WMP back in the 90s.

I'm not a fan of the XBox Music app in Win8 but im assuming that app l had very limited features available in the Win8 Release Preview. Im hoping that if they replace the Zune Desktop Software that the replacement is just as good as the current. Please don't make us use WMP.

NPGMBR said,
I'm not a fan of the XBox Music app in Win8 but im assuming that app l had very limited features available in the Win8 Release Preview. Im hoping that if they replace the Zune Desktop Software that the replacement is just as good as the current. Please don't make us use WMP.

They do say they're going to update the app when/before the services starts up so I expect the Win8 version to become better at that time.

Until I find out I can get access to it in my part of the world I honestly can't get excited about it at all. Zune Pass was/is great but since it didn't support my country then I didn't care. The same for lots of these other services as well.

I thought as long as which country you reside in (assuming that's what you mean), if you have window phone or Xbox your should be no probs. Maybe recording industry is the culprit in not allowing MS.

GP007 said,
Until I find out I can get access to it in my part of the world I honestly can't get excited about it at all. Zune Pass was/is great but since it didn't support my country then I didn't care. The same for lots of these other services as well.

minster11 said,
I thought as long as which country you reside in (assuming that's what you mean), if you have window phone or Xbox your should be no probs. Maybe recording industry is the culprit in not allowing MS.


Yeah, that's what I mean. I do have access to Xbox Live and Windows Phone Marketplace and all that but my country never got support for Zune Pass, which is probably due to copyright holdups etc. So I'm hopping this changes with Xbox Music going forward.

jasonon said,
so no windows 7 app?? jeeze way to make it DOA

We don't know anything about a desktop app yet, but there could be one. There could even be a webapp that would work across systems for all we know.

jasonon said,
so no windows 7 app?? jeeze way to make it DOA

Or just use the Zune app that uses the same subscription as Xbox Music.

I would think it would make sense for them to release it along with Windows 8 on October 26, so I hope they have set that date.