Microsoft rolls out Xbox Music for iOS and Android devices

Microsoft rolls out Xbox Music for iOS and Android devices

Summary: Microsoft continues to expand support for Xbox Music with iOS and Android apps now available for online streaming of over 30 million songs. Free web streaming is now also available for consumers.

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Microsoft rolls out Xbox Music for iOS and Android devices
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Last October I wrote how Xbox Music would be the one music subscription service to rule them all and that seems to be even more true today as we see the launch of Xbox Music for iOS and Android.

Microsoft also now provides free streaming online, with ads, for those who do not want to become a Xbox Music Pass subscriber. Unfortunately, this Xbox Music pass subscription is in addition to your Xbox Live subscription.

I am an original Zune Pass music subscriber and am still under the plan where I get 10 free songs to keep each month. The expansion to iOS and Android is not a free service like you can find with Nokia Music or others, but cost $9.99/month or $99.99/year.

The fee covers streaming music only at this time with no ability to download music for offline listening on iOS and Android phones. You can download on Windows Phones and the offline caching will be coming to iOS and Android eventually. I enjoy the offline mode for airplane travel and at times when I have no signal or don't want to consume my wireless carrier data allowance.

Unfortunately, I cannot test out the Xbox Music service on my HTC One as the Google Play Store link shows me the service is not compatible with my device. I'm a Google Music service subscriber anyway, but I did want to see how it worked on Android. Apparently, there is still some work to be done by Microsoft.

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  • Smart

    Microsoft is taking the "services" side of the D&S thing seriously, it seems.
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter
    • Xbox music

      ...is a keeper. The Windows 8.1 app is great, works fine and pretty much everything you want to listen to is right there.
      gbouchard99@...
    • Yep

      I only see good things coming from this. If they're focusing on their services, that means it will likely get better and better.

      I wonder if Xbox music is any good, though.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • It is.

        I use it on my Surface Pro and Lumia 920 and it works great. The download to device is handy to reduce going over on my data plan. And if you have CDs that you rip, it'll find them in the service and make them available via the cloud to your other devices. Also a great way to back them up.
        Skippy99
  • Microsoft rolls out Xbox Music for iOS and Android devices

    Microsoft is cashing in from its competitors. Earning even more money from android.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • I'm willing to bet

      that most people with iDevices and Android devices could really care less about this. Maybe some of the people that use XBox consoles, but part of me thinks most of them are going to say "Oh, hey, I already have Pandora for this."
      Champ_Kind
      • edit -

        Pandora OR Spotify.
        Champ_Kind
  • another flop

    like anybody cares about M$ services.
    LlNUX Geek
  • Oh, the irony!

    "Unfortunately, I cannot test out the Xbox Music service on my HTC One the Google Play Store link shows me the service is not compatible with my device." Maybe your headline should have been "Microsoft rolls out Xbox Music for iOS and SOME Android devices".
    matthew_maurice
    • Updated

      The Xbox Music service has been updated and now includes the HTC One, Samsung S4 and a few others. Try it out again.
      McJesLyn
  • Music Subscription????

    Can you say Pandora???? It seems like this might be to little to late in my humble opinion.
    Victor Domenech
  • Ohhh Wait...

    What about iTunes and iCloud and iMatch.... Hmmmm There are so many that already exist.... Why bother???
    Victor Domenech
    • iTunes Radio on iOS 7

      still needs a lot of work. I'm sticking with Pandora.
      Champ_Kind