Microsoft announced the Xbox Music service way back in the Spring but details have been quite light on the service. While we do not have any more official information at this point, a post over on NeoGaf claims to have some more information on what it might include.
According to the user, who claims they got the information from a distributor, the service will offer a free streaming tier, a subscription service, scan and match locker service, and ALC downloads. The post is as follows below:
The time has come... Microsoft is winding down its Zune brand and turning a new leaf as Xbox Music. This global relaunch represents Microsofts move to make the games console the entertainment hub of the home, similar to what Sony Playstation did with their Music Unlimited service. The revamped service will offer free-to-user advertising-funded streaming, a single tier dual subscription streaming service, a scan-and-match locker service and ALC downloads.
While we cannot independently confirm this information, it all aligns to previous rumors that Microsoft would offer a similar service to that of Spotify. If true, the above information aligns to the Spotify competition but also takes Apples iTunes Match service, head on.
We expect that Microsoft will announce an update to the Xbox Music service here in the near future. Seeing as it has been quiet about the platform since it was announced in the Spring, we are due for some news anytime now.