Microsoft Launches 'Xbox Music' for iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft today launched its Xbox Music service on iOS and Android, expanding the service to other devices almost a full year after its original introduction. The company has also introduced free ad supported web-based streaming for all browsers, but mobile users will need an Xbox Music Pass to access the service, which costs $9.99 per month after a free 30-day trial.

    The Xbox Music iPhone app includes a number of iOS optimized features such as the ability to multitask with Xbox Music running in the background, artist-based radio stations, and playlists that sync across all devices.

    According to Xbox Music general manager Jerry Johnson, who spoke to The Verge, Microsoft plans to update the Xbox Music app every four to six weeks. One of the first updates will include support for an offline mode.

    Microsoft's expansion of Xbox Music comes as the company prepares to launch the service on its upcoming Xbox One console, which will be released on November 22nd.

    Xbox Music is a free app and can be downloaded on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Microsoft Launches 'Xbox Music' for iPhone
  2. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    This seems a pretty weak offering compared to Spotify or Google music.

    Launching without an offline mode on iOS after six months? Crap.
  3. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    This seems a bit lame.

    If I pay for Xbox Gold I'd expect to be able to stream for that price to be honest/
  4. OtherJesus macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    I was thinking the same thing. I've been a Xbox live member for 10 years and they want me to pay $10 for a service weaker than Spotify? My mind has been blown.
  5. sasza macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2005
    Where is iTunes Pass? With iTunes huge music library streaming service is the only way to go! Apple must wake up!
  6. PaulOBrain macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2013
  7. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Wow. Microsoft actually beat Apple to the punch. Even though Spotify beat everybody else and is still probably the best.
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    For the general public, Xbox Music is fine. For the rest of us, Spotify/Rdio/etc is better.

    It seems like every time a subscription service pops up, everyone on the internet immediately posts that Spotify/Rdio are better, why should we even consider this junk?

    Spotify and Rdio aren't marketed the way Rhapsody, Xbox Music, and Google Play Music All Access are. You go on their website, and you get jargon like, "Music for every moment", and "Discover music".

    Most people DON'T want to discover music. They want to listen to the current stuff in the charts, they want to check out a new album that they may or may not like, and they want it easy enough to do so.

    The pretty pictures sell, and Spotify and Rdio have very little of that.
  9. dumastudetto macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2013
    They beat Google too who promised an iOS app for All Access Music within "a few weeks". That was back in May. :D
  10. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    I'd choose this over Google Music All Access because at least they have given us an iOS app lol.
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    No way will I ever pay for this if I'm paying for my Live account. I never even knew they had a music service. I'll stick with Spotify.
  12. springsup macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2013
    These guys are going to get eaten up by Apple once iTunes Radio starts.

    The key thing about iTunes Radio is that anybody who just buys an iPhone can walk out of the store, tap the music icon and start streaming music. Occasional listeners also don't have to download another app - it's all already there under 'Music'.

    My parents have probably bought a total of 10 songs between them (mostly hits that time forgot), all from iTunes and only since buying iPhones. From time to time they'll ask me about a song they heard, but they can't be bothered to follow it up. I know they'll discover this service, and with it just being so easy, I'm pretty sure it'll lead them to listen to more music. In my opinion, that's the hallmark of a service that's going to take off.

    I think people underestimate how big an impact ITR will have. Don't bother launching music services on iOS unless you're doing something different; you'll be fighting an uphill battle against a streaming service built in to the music app itself.

    EDIT: God, I forgot how ugly Segoe is!
  13. sasza macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2005
    You forget that iTunes radio will be available in the US only. Google Music availability outside US is also very limited.
    Xbox music/Spotify/Rdio are available all around Europe while Apple didn't manage to make iTunes Match in all EU countries.
  14. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    With so many music options out there will people really use this? Microsoft seems to have to try to get their hands in everything.
  15. springsup macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2013
    iTunes Match availability is pretty good. There's no Scandinavia, but pretty much the whole rest of the EU is covered (+ switzerland).

    I'd expect iTunes Radio to follow pretty soon. Apple are usually good at spreading their products internationally.

    I remember you couldn't even buy a Zune in Canada for years, and then Europe only came several years after that.
  16. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I'm curious why you knew when the Zune became available in various areas - it almost suggests you actually gave a crap about the crap colored MP3 player.

    Anyways, I anticipate ITR going over about as well as iAds or Ping did. I've been using iOS 7 beta and it seems to me that by placing it in the music app rather than making it it's own app, Apple has reduced the number of people who will find it.

    The only service that stands a chance against Spotify, of the ones I've seen, is RadicalFM (the totally free service.) The key things Spotify has over it right now is: bigger library, better controls. But RadicalFM could improve in both areas to become a worthy contender to Spotify.
  17. dugbug macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    iOS just continues to get all the once exclusive apps. I don't do any of the xbox services but I sure appreciate microsoft making them available to me.
  18. Winni macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008
    I wonder to which group I belong -- I don't need or want either service.
  19. Switchback666, Sep 9, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013

    Switchback666 macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2012
    I think the web service (browser app) is free; agree it should be all-access for xbox live sub.
  20. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    Wonder if they'll adjust the price to compete with iTunes Match/iRadio service.

    $10 is a lot per month
  21. Mums Suspended


    Oct 4, 2011
    That sucks! I paid for iTunes Match here in America but will be spending the next year in UK - so no iTunes Radio for me? That's bullsh@t!!!!
  22. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Once you step outside the US, you'll begin to realise how US companies regard the rest of the World.
  23. VenusianSky macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2008
    This service has existed for a while. It use to be Zune Music, or whatever they called it on Zune and they changed it to Xbox Music for Windows 8. The article here is just that it is now available for iOS and Android.
  24. darkslide29 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
    I might check the 30 day trial out.

    The thing is, comparing iTunes radio with this is apples and oranges, just as comparing pandora with spotify is. They offer different services.

    For my situation, I plan to buy an Xbox One in November. I have also been contemplating getting spotify for "on demand" music, instead of the pandora-like radio service.
    If you aren't even considering an Xbox one (or don't own an Xbox 360), then this service may not be worth considering. Alternatives may be better.

    I'll probably use it for music discovery, or if I want to hear an album in the charts.
    For music I actually own, I will continue to use iTunes Match on my iOS and Apple TV.
    Still working it out in my head, not sure of Xbox music could completely take over - dont think I want it to.

    Can't wait for iTunes radio also - ill be dropping my pandora subscription since I am already an iTunes Match subscriber.
  25. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Tried to try it but first I had to go to the website and then they wanted a credit card for my 30 day free trial. Gave up. Delete.

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