Xbox Music Available Free to All Web Users

by Christopher Freeburn | September 9, 2013 10:43 am

Microsoft MSFT[1]Beginning on Monday, all web users can listen for free[2] to Microsoft‘s (MSFT[3]) Xbox Music streaming service. The new service was originally intended only for use by Windows 8 users, but the company has now expanded that to other operating systems, the Associated Press notes.

Microsoft will release apps for mobile devices running Apple‘s (AAPL[4]) iOS and Google‘s (GOOG[5]) Android operating system that will allow subscribers to access the service on the go. Listening to Xbox Music on mobile devices will require a $10-a-month subscription.

Xbox Music was the default music player in Windows 8 and was meant to drive more consumers to both the new OS and to Microsoft devices. However, Windows 8 have been softer than Microsoft had hoped[6].

The Windows-maker announced last week that it would acquire handset maker[7] Nokia (NOK[8]) for $2.7 billion.

Apple is expected to launch its own music streaming service, iTunes Radio, later this fall[9].

Shares of Microsoft rose almost 1% in Monday morning trading.

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