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Xbox Music free streaming gets the ax December 1

Xbox Music free streaming gets the ax December 1

The nature of online music streaming services is shifting gradually, not to mention heating up as new contenders enter to compete with long-standing services, and reflecting that change is a new announcement from Microsoft: the free streaming aspect of Xbox Music will be going dark on December 1, leaving only the Xbox Music Pass subscription option. The company has preemptively posted responses to some anticipated questions in the form of FAQ, though it danced around answering the most pertinent inquiry: why?

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Xbox Music Videos bring the art back to the living room

Xbox Music Videos bring the art back to the living room

Back in the before times, back when the channel known as MTV (Music Television) was just born, there was a piece of media called the Music Video. In the many years since the birth of this piece of art, musicians have gone in and out of requirements for working on visual compliments to their audio. Today Microsoft’s Xbox Music team is bringing a big bit back to the living room with Music Videos for Xbox Music.

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SkyDrive cloud music streaming tipped incoming

SkyDrive cloud music streaming tipped incoming

Microsoft teased it was adding new functionality to SkyDrive, and it seems web-based music streaming may be the first of those enhancements, if code spotted in the site is anything to go by. References to a music player based in SkyDrive, as well as leaked player controls from an internal testing version, have been spotted by LiveSide, though there's no telling whether it will also be integrated with Xbox Music.

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Xbox Music vs Spotify vs iTunes Match vs Google Music

Xbox Music vs Spotify vs iTunes Match vs Google Music

If you're thinking about working with Xbox Music in the very near future, the first thing you should be thinking about is how it measures up to the competition. With Microsoft's first iteration of Xbox Music here right before Windows 8 is released, you'll need Windows 8, an Xbox 360, or a Windows Phone 8 device to use it. Spotify is a service that works on all of these platforms as well as Apple's devices and Google's Android, too. The third warrior in iTunes Match works on Apple products and connects directly with iTunes.

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Xbox Music flaws surface: Old Windows abandoned plus listening limits

Xbox Music flaws surface: Old Windows abandoned plus listening limits

Microsoft's new Xbox Music streaming service will leave many existing device owners - including Windows Phone 7 early-adopters - out in the cold, the company has conceded. The new cloud-based music service, which launches tomorrow for Xbox 360 but will eventually run on Windows Phone 8 handsets and Windows 8/RT PCs and tablets, cuts all ties with the existing version of Microsoft's smartphone and PC platforms. Meanwhile, the threat of listening limits lurks in the small-print.

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