Xbox Music said to launch on Oct. 26

| October 3, 2012 | 0 Comments


Xbox Music said to launch on Oct. 26

Xbox Music is reported coming sooner rather than later, as reports Wednesday peg Microsoft’s latest Spotify rival for a launch later this month.

The Verge reported that multiple sources close to Microsoft are pinning Oct. 26 as the launch for the new streaming music service.

The date makes sense as it would place Xbox Music right alongside the launch of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet and close to the launch of the first Windows Phone 8 devices.

Xbox Music was first announced at E3 in June, and rumors later that month claimed that the service would offer music streaming and downloads through the Xbox 360, Windows, and Windows Phone, as well as cloud storage.

Better than Zune?

Pricing for Xbox Music recently leaked online, revealing subscription plans first for the U.K. and U.S.

A free, ad-supported music streaming subscription, similar the Zune Music Pass, has also been rumored as a Spotify competitor, though the leaked pricing didn’t provide that option.

Leaked screenshots of Xbox Music show the words "Save as a Playlist" underneath a cloud option, hinting at possible Skydrive integration to share playlists between devices.

Last week, a Microsoft spokesperson told TechRadar that the company wouldn’t comment on the Xbox Music leaks, though was quick to add that Xbox Music will be Microsoft’s "definitive music service" and promised to reveal more information as soon as it’s available.



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