Xbox Music offers streaming to Windows 8, RT, WP8 & Xbox 360

Microsoft has been teasing us for months about its plans for Xbox Music and today the company revealed more details about its replacement for its previous Zune Music service.

In a press release today, Microsoft announced that users of Windows 8 and Windows RT-based tablets and PCs will be able to stream and listen to millions of songs on Xbox Music for free (with ads) when both launch on October 26th. The fine print says that those users will get a "limited" amount of free streaming after six months unless they pay for a full subscription.

The service will also be made available for Xbox 360 owners starting on Tuesday and on Windows Phone 8 devices in the near future. Both will require a $9.99 monthly subscription. In addition to the streaming service, Microsoft will offer an Xbox Music Store for people to purchase and download songs.

The service will also have what Microsoft is calling Smart DJ to help create personal playlists. Microsoft states, "With unlimited skips and a view of the full recommended music stream, Smart DJ puts you in control of your Internet radio experience."

In the near future, Microsoft will also add more social networking features and a cloud storage feature. Microsoft says:

Available in the coming year, a scan-and-match feature will take you beyond the 30 million tracks globally offered through Xbox Music. It will add all the music you own to your Xbox Music cloud catalog, including music acquired through other services. This means you can add almost any content you have to your personal Xbox Music collection, even if it’s not available in the Xbox Music catalog.

Microsoft also hints that Xbox Music will be made "available on other platforms in the coming year." That will include both iOS and Android devices, according to another Microsoft press release.

Source: Microsoft press release

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The service will also have what Microsoft is calling Smart DJ

Maybe should read more like...
"The service will also have the 'existing' Smart DJ functionality that Zune/XBox Music Pass subscribers have had access to for several years."

Been using SmartDJ on XBox for a while, and on Windows and WP7 for a few years now.

The wording makes this sound like a new feature or technology, and it is not.

More social networking features coming? Good. Please integrate Facebook deeply, especially sharing our music listens using Open Graph (like all of your main competitors do), and I will most likely switch from Spotify then

I'm using an iPhone 5 for the time being, but I anticipate switching back to Windows Phone and immersing myself in Microsoft's full ecosystem sometime within the next two years, when they've hopefully finally got social networking integration right (it seems Windows Phone 8 might already do that or it might be getting there, with Facebook notifications on the lock screen and perhaps push toast notifications).

Will this be available outside the U.S, though? Because so far, the Zune Music Pass has been available only to the U.S and a few select European countries.

Lamp Post said,
Will this be available outside the U.S, though? Because so far, the Zune Music Pass has been available only to the U.S and a few select European countries.

AUS has it, and i think NZ too

The fine print says that those users will get a "limited" amount of free streaming after six months unless they pay for a full subscription

What 'bout this? I'm not in

minoskid said,
The fine print says that those users will get a "limited" amount of free streaming after six months unless they pay for a full subscription

What 'bout this? I'm not in


Looks like
**Free streaming limited to 10/hours month after 6 months; unlimited with paid subscription

Should be interesting to see how it goes,

Wonder if there is any details on a Windows 7 client or if it will simply be a re-badged Zune app

God damn it.

Such a great service, but it'll take forever to catch on if they don't support Windows 7, since it'll be a while before a critical mass is on Win8.

Also, it sucks that they're not supporting WP7, because unlike the upgrade to Windows 8, many loyal MSFT supporters will probably have to wait much longer before upgrading to WP8 since they're on a contract.

Omen1393 said,
So for those of us on Windows 8 today, how do we start using the free streaming tier?

Im guessing when Win8 is official?

"Microsoft announced that users of Windows 8 and Windows RT-based tablets and PCs will be able to stream and listen to millions of songs on Xbox Music for free (with ads) when both launch on October26th" "

the music app in windows 8 does not work. it keeps crashing? it does this across all of my windows 8 pc's. are they getting ready to update it or something?

jorel009 said,
the music app in windows 8 does not work. it keeps crashing? it does this across all of my windows 8 pc's. are they getting ready to update it or something?

It kind of works for me, my initial music is there bu whenever I add more it never refreshes so it doesn't show up. It does this for the photos and videos app too, making them completely useless, hence why I use iTunes.

jorel009 said,
the music app in windows 8 does not work. it keeps crashing? it does this across all of my windows 8 pc's. are they getting ready to update it or something?

are u using windows 8 rtm? i've no problem using music app in windows 8 across my pcs and laptop