Windows 8/Phone Xbox Music users can get Eminem's new album for free today

Microsoft is giving Windows 8 and Windows Phone users of Xbox Music a nice Cyber Monday freebie, if they happen to be into rap music. The company has announced that for today only, the latest album from Eminem, Marshall Mathers LP2, can be downloaded from Xbox Music for free from those two platforms.

Major Nelson has the details on how to get the album for free. In addition, all of Eminem's other digital CDs can be purchased and downloaded on Xbox Music for 99 cents each on Windows 8 and Windows Phone, again just for today; the recently launched Xbox Music website is also streaming all of his albums for free today. By the way, the album is the Deluxe edition with some additional content, and is available to download in both Explicit and Edited versions.

One interesting tidbit from Microsoft is that Eminem "has been the #1 artist on Xbox Music" over the past few years, although specific sales numbers were not revealed. Offering a free album, along with deep price cuts on his other releases, will certainly help to boost the appeal of the service.

Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft

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WhatTheSchmidt said,
Not sure why you are upset. All you Brits and other EUers do is b**** and complain about how we Americans love our guns and violence, hate women, etc. and are not as enlightened as you are. When an album by an "artist" that uses violence and sexism in his lyrics is given away for free to one country, the first thing you do is get all crybaby because you don't get to download it.

Damn, where did that come from?

uxo22 said,

Damn, where did that come from?

Just joking about how non-US people have their stereotypes about Americans, but then when there is something free and it exemplifies those stereotypes, they want in and get upset because they can't have it.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Not sure why you are upset. All you Brits and other EUers do is b**** and complain about how we Americans love our guns and violence, hate women, etc. and are not as enlightened as you are. When an album by an "artist" that uses violence and sexism in his lyrics is given away for free to one country, the first thing you do is get all crybaby because you don't get to download it.

Geez!

WhatTheSchmidt said,

I know what you mean, write a little joke and everybody starts getting upset. People are so sensitive.

Eh? If you're going to write a joke... you need... a punchline.

Kalint said,

Eh? If you're going to write a joke... you need... a punchline.

Isn't it amazing how people come to NeoWin and ***** about the smallest thing, and then when it is turned around on them, and they are turned into a scarcastic joke, then it is offensive to those who do the ********?

WhatTheSchmidt said,

Isn't it amazing how people come to NeoWin and ***** about the smallest thing, and then when it is turned around on them, and they are turned into a scarcastic joke, then it is offensive to those who do the ********?

ok..........

I wouldn't break out the "F Microsoft"... most of these deals are country-restricted because of licensing and laws in different countries.

So when they mean free, do I need to keep my xbox music account active to continue playing it, or am I download drm free audio files? (This is an honest question, I'm not being snitty about it, I don't know anything about Xbox Music)

God damn. Listening to this on Spotify now. Fricking great album. IMO his best since MM LP the 1st. Which it seems, alot of music critics agree with

I tried to get it when I read about the offer on Major Nelson's blog. Turns out it's US-only. No love for Canada.

Anyone having problems downloading this? When I click on "Buy" I get a message indicating that the path is no longer available. If you are using external storage make sure it's available and connected.

I am not using an external storage device to save the download. Anyone have any ideas?

I had utterly zero problem at all - in fact, this is my first purchase using XBM (even if it cost zero dollars). That is exactly why I commented on the ease of use - you can even pick your format (I chose MP3, for the common-sense reason that I don't use the XBM player as my default, even for MP3s - I use the VLC Win32 client). This is something that even iTunes doesn't permit.

Oddly, not all albums are $.99. For many of the albums, it seems that either the explicit or edited version of the album is at the reduced price...

I remember when Zune Marketplace used to always have a free song of the week (or maybe daily, monthly? I forgot...). I believe free select videos too.

Microsoft has really got to stop this "US-only" crap... It's unbelievable how Europe is constantly put in second or even third place. It's costing them customers!!

i should imagine the 'US only' issue is more of an issue with the record companies contract with ms, us sales and worldwide sales are likely two different clauses in the deal

They OFTEN are - even the record label will differ outside the US. (The two biggest examples are the WEA Music Group and Sony Music Group in the US; in the EU, they are Warner Music International and CBS Records International. Different contracts altogether, and even different legal terms. The separation has not a thing to do with electronic formats - it goes back to vinyl. Mergers and acquisition in the industry has only exacerbated the mess - look at the hash such has made merely of MCA Music Group.)

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