Microsoft announced on Monday that they will be releasing Xbox Music, a service that is meant to compete against Apple’s iTunes and Amazon’s Cloud Player. The service will be available on Xbox Game consoles starting on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
Apple is not the only one who is considering new methods of destabilizing its competitors. It looks like Microsoft has a few aces up its sleeve as well to prevent Steve Jobs’ company from taking over its customers. The software giant announced on Monday that a new music service will be made available for Xbox users starting on Tuesday.
Xbox game consoles are not the only devices that will be endowed with the new music service. A spokesperson for Microsoft told the press that Xbox Music service will soon be expanded to all Windows-based computers and tablets. In fact, the Surface table that will be launched on October 26 together with the much-awaited Windows 8 software program will also include the new service. Phones and smartphones could also receive Xbox Music after the aforementioned devices.
Microsoft has been looking for years for a method to add an entertainment hub to its Xbox game consoles. Their necessity grew even bigger after a study performed 18 months ago proved that Xbox owners preferred to use their consoles for entertainment purposes instead of video gaming. Since then, the video game console began streaming Netflix, ESPN and other channels, but Microsoft wanted to replace their old digital media brand, Zune, with a more modern brand that could take over iTunes.
Xbox Music comes in two versions: a free version that is ad-supported and a premium $9.99 one which offers unlimited, ad-free streaming. Over 30 million music songs have been included in the global catalog and users have the possibility to download and own the singles they select. The world’s largest software maker is confident that their Xbox Music service will dethrone iTunes and Cloud Player because it will be available in 22 countries.