If you were one of the unlucky ones to not get the chance to pre-order a fancy Surface tablet from Microsoft, you're only option is to wait in line at your local Microsoft Store. However, it seems Microsoft is expecting a dim crowd for the launch, so they're giving the first 100 people in line at every Microsoft Store one year of Xbox Music service.
One year of Xbox Music costs $99, so you'd essentially be getting paid a hundred bucks for waiting in line for a Surface tablet (assuming you're one of the first 100 people in line). However, that $100 will obviously have to be used for Xbox Music, but it'll give you the chance to try out the revamped service if you've been feeling skeptical about it.
The offer is good at any of the 29 Microsoft Stores across the country, as well as the additional 32 temporary pop-up stores that Microsoft will have on launch day. All you have to do is show up extremely early to the store and just plop down out front until it's time to buy, and obviously you'll have to buy a Surface tablet while you're there -- you sadly just can't take the free Xbox Music and run.
Of course, in order to use the free Xbox Music voucher, you'll need a Gold subscription to Xbox LIVE, which is $60 a year, but you can usually find them for around $45 at various online retailers and auction sites. However, the generous offer from Microsoft (which will cost the company just over $600,000) should indeed bring a few people to wait in line that were hesitant to do so in the first place.
[via The Verge]