Microsoft's Xbox Music Service to Include Streaming, Downloads, and Cloud Storage?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this month, we noted that Microsoft was making a major push into the living room, seeking to use its Xbox hardware as the hub for new streaming video content and a "SmartGlass" app for various platforms that will allow two-way Airplay-like wireless streaming between devices and an Xbox connected to a television.

    Bloomberg now reports that Microsoft is also making a substantial push on the music side, talking to labels about launching a hybrid music service that would offer both iTunes-like downloads and Spotify-like streaming content.

    Microsoft's music service will reportedly also include a digital locker similar in some respects to iTunes Match, allowing users to host their entire music collections in the cloud for access from multiple devices. Talks with labels are still underway, and Microsoft may yet find itself unable to obtain all of the rights it is seeking, but it is clear that the company is once again working hard to compete with Apple in the digital media arena.

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  2. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Is it time to switch over to only reporting things that don't have cloud storage? It may be easier.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    good, more to choose from, lets see how it turns out :D
  4. macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2012
    Late to the game, but it will be interesting to see what they are ultimately able to offer.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    I'll stick with match as i don't own anything microsoft.

    Would be nice to actually have information about it other than they plan to release something.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    This will work out wonderfully for all 100 people who own an Xbox AND MS Surface AND Windows 8 phones AND wants to jump to a new ecosystem within the next 7-8 months.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2011
    I will search all the major music stores before I buy a song, whoever has it for 99 cents is the winner.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    Will this have a longer shelf life than Zune?
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    Likely. If Microsoft supports the iOS as a controller, and I don't see why not, it would be a nice feature for people who only have an iPhone as an Apple thingy.
  11. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Is available in the US? While they lack a lot of big-name artists, they're a lot cheaper than that. I'm paying 36c per track.

    (That said, you can't just buy just 1 song from them. You have to to buy a monthly package and if you don't use the downloads, you lose them. Still, you can cancel after you've downloaded your month's worth).
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ridgewood, NJ
    That would be great if they brought a Zune Pass type service to iOS. I ditched my Zune because 2 devices became annoying quickly, but their interface and price plan was excellent. 10 downloads (to keep) and unlimited streaming for $10 (I think it was $10, may have been $15) was a great deal. I'm happy with Rhapsody at the moment, but I'd definitely give MS's app/service a try if it comes to iOS.
  13. macrumors 68030

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    So many Clouds out there are darkening my day.

    I can't see the Sun anymore... :D
  14. macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2008

    *until it's abandoned and no longer plays at all
  15. macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    So is it fair to say we are looking at:

    1. Apple Ecosystem
    2. Google Ecosystem
    3. Microsoft Ecosystem?
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2011

    Yep, but there is always a way to make them all play together...I use an Android phone but still buy songs via iTunes on my iMac. I then use google Music Manager to stream them to my Android device. If I ever go back to Apple for my smartphone, iTunes will be already set up.

    Is anyone else getting tired of the word "ecosystem"?
  17. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    As long as it works better than iTunes match (which should be extremely easy) I may give it a shot.
  18. macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2011
    4. Amazon Ecosystem

    I think the Apple ecosystem is a major reason that people stick with Apple, so it makes sense that others are trying to copy it. I won't lie; I've been very tempted by what I've seen in the pipeline from Windows Phone, Blackberry 10 (it actually looks quite good and everyone I know who has a Playbook loves it), Windows 8, etc. Everyone is putting up their A game! But I just can't imagine giving up my Mac or my iPhone because they are just great products that work so perfectly together! Since I used to carry a Palm Pilot in 2000 I've been trying to find a way to keep my mail, addresses, etc. in sync between devices and Apple has got this down to a science and has taken it much further by keeping music, photos, notes, to do lists, etc. in sync. They've had this down for years via iTunes sync, and now have done even better by keeping everything in sync via the cloud.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2010
    Microsoft are a bit late to the party on this one...
  20. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    You forgot Amazon ecosystem.

    I think this the short reality, and the fact is people don't use the iTunes ecosystem b/c it's Apple. They use it b/c they use Apple products. And the longer they use Apple products, and buy from the iTunes ecosystem it makes it that much harder to move to another platform, even if the others make less expensive h/w or have one or two better features. At this point a "me too" product won't cut it. It's going to take either something revolutionary or a colossal Apple stumble.

    I suspect all of these formats will survive but they'll never de-throne Apple at this rate.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2011
    So much tech news these days is companies just unveiling vague things. They're not releasing new products, they're not selling anything to the public, they're just feeding the tech media a line about "Look at this toy we've made that might be a product some day. Feel free to blog about it with months of speculation so we get some free advertising in the lead up to whenever we decide to sell something or not."
    This is what we got with Google Glass, with Microsoft Surface (the one from a few weeks ago AND the table-top computer from 2007), with Nintendo's Wii U, and even with Apple and their slow releases of "previews" of Lion and Mountain Lion.
    I remember the Microsoft releasing their first video of the Kinect in mid 2009 with Peter Molyneux saying explicitly, "And this technology works now. Today." And then they didn't actually release the thing until some time late 2010, and it worked almost nothing like promised with all the facial recognition and the taking pictures of your skateboard and being able to interact emotionally with a character on screen.
    Call me cynical, but after being jerked around by so many teasers of great things to come and so much speculation to gush over and so little information on tech specs, pricing, availability, compatibility, or even release dates, I can't help but take "news" like this with a grain of salt.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2012
    Microsoft are still playing catchup and trying to compete in areas already well established.

    Microsoft have lost their mojo, they need to innovate like Apple did with the iPad, iPod and iTunes.
  23. macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I clicked on my bookmark for MacRumors and wound up on Engadget? I know.. I know.. downvote this for me being snarky. I can take it...
  24. macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald

    Some real innovation coming out of MS.....;)
  25. macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2012
    mcminnville, or

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