Microsoft discontinuing its ad-supported Xbox Music service in December

Xbox Music is ditching its free streaming service on Windows.

Microsoft will officially cease Xbox Music's free streaming service on Dec. 1. The service was previously available for Windows 8 devices as well as the service's website. If users wish to continue streaming music, they'll have to pay the monthly fee of $10 for an Xbox Music Pass subscription, which lacks ads.

Xbox Music now has more competitors than ever before, such as Spotify, a service with a stronger user base at this time, and Apple's relatively new free radio option within iTunes version 11.1 and newer.

Source: Xbox Support

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