Xbox One to offer free ad-based Xbox Music streaming service via Xbox Live Gold [Update .. or not]

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:

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:

As with all of Microsoft's 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 week's announcement means that console owners won't 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.

Source: Albert Penello on Twitter via The Verge | Image via Microsoft

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