Xbox Music: Microsoft Latest Entry In The Digital Music Platform

Microsoft Xbox Music brings an impressive experience with subscription streaming, locker storage and facility to buy tracks. The company has brought large number of options, but according to analysts, the experience is more fragmented.

At present digital download is monopolised by iTunes, Spotify is the subscription music leader and there are other players like Rhapsody, Pandora, Edio, Amazon Cloud Player, Google Music etc. operate in different niches. Microsoft Xbox music is supposedly intended to capture the market with some major segments.

The best part of Xbox is comprehensive platform, which offers free ad-supported streaming of it subscription music library, Internet radio and a premium tire called Xbox Music Pass ($9.99 per month or $99 per year) that gives you ad-free streaming and “cloud locker” functionality.

It is a luring offering with the amalgamation of subscription streaming, locker storage, and music store. At present no service offers such combination in a single platform, so it is believed to click for Microsoft in coming times. There are other facilities like buying tracks that are not available for streaming. It is overall a cohesive library experience, though the company is still to disclose the cloud storage capacity comes with Xbox Music Pass.

The flip side of the story is Xbox will be largely Windows 8 experience. It means it is restricted to not only to Windows PC but Windows 8 PCs. Most other competitors can work on any OS their browser based software.

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Similarly, Xbox Music only comes with its Xbox 360 and no other home entertainment hardware support like Rhapsody, Pandora, and Spotify. It means you would have to give $60 per year for Gold Live subscription, in addition to the Xbox Music Pass subscription.

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