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For the final deal of Microsoft's "12 Days of Deals", Microsoft is offering a year of Xbox Music for $49.99 USD. That is 50% off the retail price and should entice any music lover.
An upcoming update to OneDrive and Xbox Music will soon make it easier to access and stream your music from anywhere and will even allow you to import playlists from other services.
Microsoft has made the Work & Play Bundle, which mixes Xbox and Office 365 subscriptions, available for a promotional price of $149 at its stores for a limited time in the United States
Microsoft is giving away 50 albums from various artists free of charge through its Xbox Music & Music Deals applications until December 15 to those within the US.
Microsoft India will no longer provide new users of the MixRadio music streaming service with the ability to download unlimited songs and will discontinue renewals for existing users as well.
T-Mobile has announced that its customers will be able to stream music from Xbox Music, Google Play, SoundCloud and a number of smaller providers without any data caps or costs on that data.
The Beats music subscription service will reportedly be rebranded under iTunes, and pushed to all iOS devices in an OS update next year - but it will continue to operate on a paid subscription model.
Text files within the Xbox Music website are already showing that OneDrive locker service support will be coming very soon, allowing users cloud access to their music files from any Xbox Music device.
Microsoft has released the latest update to its Xbox Music app for Windows Phone 8.1, but if you were expecting that it would bring a long list of exciting new features, you'll be disappointed.
Microsoft has issued new updates for two of its Windows Phone apps, Xbox Music and OneDrive, with each getting a new feature addition as well as some bug fixes and improvements.
A new report claims Microsoft is working to add a song storage locker service, allowing users to store tracks on the company's OneDrive cloud drive that can be played on Xbox Music.
Zynga has announced some changes in its leadership today, including word that it has hired Alex Garden, the current leader of Microsoft's Xbox Music division, to lead its game studios.
Microsoft has announced plans to update the Xbox Music app for the developer preview version of Windows 8.1 sometime next week, with a number of improvements.
Microsoft has announced that over 92,000 music videos can now be accessed on the Xbox Music app for the Xbox One console, and users who pick a song that has a video will see it play automatically.
Microsoft's Surface division has released a new video that shows how owners of the tablet can transfer their iTunes music and playlist and then use the Xbox Music app to listen to their tracks.
Blair Westlake, the executive in charge of Microsoft's media licensing for Xbox, has left the company, according to a new report, saying it's moving in a direction that doesn't fit his skills.
Microsoft has updated its Xbox Music app for Android devices today, adding in support for offline playback of tracks following the addition of the same feature for the iOS port.
Although Microsoft has made substantial updates to the Xbox Music app for Windows 8, there are still a number of lingering issues that impact the user experience.
Microsoft has updated the iOS version of the Xbox Music app, adding support for offline playback to playlists. There's no such update yet for the Android version.
Microsoft has announced that for today only Windows 8 and Windows Phone users of Xbox Music can download Eminem's newest album for free, with free streaming on the Xbox Music website.
French music streaming startup, Deezer, is looking to enter the US market in early 2014 and now rumors around the web are suggesting that the company might be in acquisition talks with Microsoft.
Microsoft has updated the in-house developed Xbox Music and Video apps for Windows 8.1, adding some new features to both program along with some unnamed bug fixes as well.
Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One owners with Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will be able to stream music from the Xbox Music service for free, but with "periodic ads".
Rock band Linkin Park has debuted their newest single, "A Light that Never Comes," on Microsoft's Xbox Music service, which will host the exclusive track for two weeks.
Microsoft has launched versions of its Xbox Music app for iOS and Android devices today, expanding it streaming online music service to a larger audience, along with a new feature for Windows 8.1.
The Xbox Music app on Windows 8.1 has just received an update that brings some important UI changes, and some bug fixes. The app also dropped the Preview title and has now graduated to Gold.
Microsoft is sending out emails to the remaining users of Zune and the Zune Marketplace, telling them that rentals and purchases of music and video will cease on the Zune Marketplace after August 22nd
Microsoft has just launched the web version of its popular Xbox Music streaming service. Subscribers can now access their music from any device directly through the browser, all while staying in sync.
Microsoft offered details on the new features in the Xbox Music app that is included in the Windows 8.1 preview version, and will be included with even more features when the final version is released
A new report claims that Microsoft will launch a new version of its Xbox Music service, designed to run on a web browser, sometime next week, to work alongside the downloadable clients.
Microsoft has released a new update for the Windows 8 Xbox Music app today, which adds the ability to search inside the app itself for music, along with a way to try out the service for 15 songs.
Screenshots have been posted that show the new look of the Windows 8 Xbox Music app, along with a video of the Weather app, which should be officially released with the preview version of Windows 8.1.
New Windows 8 updates are now available for Microsoft's Xbox Video and Xbox Music apps, with a number of changes, along with the recently launched Nokia Music app.
While Apple has no plans to release an iTunes app for Windows 8, Microsoft is offering a way to import playlists from the desktop iTunes app into the Modern Xbox Music app.
Following the Mail app update, Microsoft has updated the Xbox Music app for Windows 8 and Windows RT, bringing performance improvements, new syncing options and an app-specific volume control
Microsoft's Zune brand may be dead, but it's still often the brunt of many pop-culture jokes. But why? The Zune music players were well received, yet for some reason the public hates the Zune name.
Microsoft has released a new update for its in-house Xbox Music app for Windows 8 with improvements to its streaming music features, a fix for a playback bug and more.
Microsoft posted a short clip showing off what an awesome year 2012 has been. From new versions of major products to incredible work done with charities to awesome launches 2012 was a great year.
Some assets have been uncovered that show some sort of cloud music player is in the works for SkyDrive, perhaps to facilitate a BYO music streaming solution similar to iCloud and Google Play Music
Microsoft has released an unscheduled update for its Xbox 360 game console today, which fixes some issues with the new SmartGlass features along with some other bug fixes.
The Norway division of Microsoft came up with a way to promote Windows 8 that involved a local rock band combined with a real world version of the Xbox Music live tile.
The much anticipated free Xbox Music Pass for Windows 8 users is finally here. All you have to do is upgrade your Music app via the Windows Store, sign in to the app and you're good to go.
Microsoft has now officially shut down its long running Zune.net website. Visitors who go to that URL are now redirected to the Xbox Music page located at Xbox.com.
Users of Microsoft's current PC OS Windows 7 won't be able to use the new Xbox Music service but will have access to the older Zune Music, as well users of Windows Phone 7.5.
Microsoft has announced the first details of its new Xbox Music service, which will offer free streaming music for Windows 8 and RT, plus numerous services to Windows Phone 8 and Xbox 360
Microsoft has quietly launched its Zune Pass subscription online music service in three countries this week even as the company is retiring the Zune Music service in favor of Xbox Music.
Microsoft will launch its new Xbox Music service the same day as Windows 8, a new report states. In addition to a paid version of the service, an ad-supported streaming version will be available.
A few leaks have surfaced that show off the pricing of Microsoft's new Xbox Music service, and as you might expect, the prices are exactly the same as for the Zune Pass.
Newly leaked Windows Phone 8 screenshots show that the mobile OS will officially be getting support for the Xbox Music Pass feature, which will be the replacement for Zune Music Pass.