Xbox Music Available Free to All Web Users

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

Microsoft 300x227 Xbox Music Available Free to All Web Users[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.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Microsoft.jpg
  2. all web users can listen for free: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MICROSOFT_XBOX_MUSIC?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-09-09-06-46-47
  3. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  4. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  5. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  6. have been softer than Microsoft had hoped: http://investorplace.com/2012/12/windows-phone-8-already-time-to-worry/
  7. that it would acquire handset maker: http://investorplace.com/2013/09/can-microsoft-and-nokia-make-phones-that-people-actually-want/
  8. NOK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NOK
  9. later this fall: http://investorplace.com/2013/08/wednesday-apple-rumors-september-launch-for-itunes-radio/

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