Update: Penello has now posted a correction to his own Twitter feed, stating that the Xbox Music service on Xbox One will require an Xbox Music Pass after a quick 15 song demo:
I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. Sorry!— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) November 6, 2013
Original Story: Microsoft already offers Windows 8.1 users a way to stream songs for free via its Xbox Music service, and the web browser version can also be accessed for free for six months. After that, it requires a $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year subscription to Xbox Music Pass to continue listening to the streaming service on the web. The Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android also require an Xbox Music Pass subscription.
But what about the upcoming Xbox One? Microsoft executive Albert Penello, answering a question from a fan, posted word on his Twitter feed this week that streaming tunes on Xbox Music via their next generation game console will be free as well:
@Artemis_Rojo yes. You dont have to subscribe, but you will get periodic Ads.— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) November 4, 2013
As with all of Microsofts media apps for the Xbox One and the current Xbox 360, users will have to pay an Xbox Live Gold subscription fee to access the Xbox Music service. However, this weeks announcement means that console owners wont have to pay for an additional Xbox Music Pass if they want to listen to the streaming service, although they do have the option to do so to eliminate those periodic ads.