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Xbox One: Xbox Music Streaming Service Will Be Free For Gold Members [UPDATE: EXCEPT IT WON'T]

Jonathan Lester
Microsoft, Xbox music, Xbox One

Xbox One: Xbox Music Streaming Service Will Be Free For Gold Members [UPDATE: EXCEPT IT WON'T]

Ooh, now this is interesting. Microsoft has seemingly confirmed that all Xbox Live Gold members will be able to stream music from Xbox Music free of charge on Xbox One, though will have to listen to the odd advert occasionally à la Spotify.

UPDATE: Except that they got it totally wrong.

Xbox One architect Albert Penello confirmed the news on Twitter, replying to a curious fan.

Depending on how often the adverts occur (they currently kick in between every five songs), this could be a nifty little feature, and ties in nicely to Xbox One's 'all in one' design philosophy. DNLA, MP3, PlayTo and audio CD support have also recently been confirmed. Sony recently announced that their Music Unlimited service is the only way to listen to custom soundtracks on the PS4, lacking DNLA and audio CD functionality, though of course this will require a subscription. [via OXM]

UPDATE: Penello since admitted to making a mistake, and getting his wires crossed. "I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming," he tweeted. "No ad-supported streaming. Sorry!"

Shame. However, he was also keen to remind potential customers that PlayTo MP3 streaming is still supported.

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Late  Nov. 6, 2013 at 11:40

I'm not really into music so don't know what this is.

Does this mean you can browse an online store and play latest/favourite albums you don't own for free (as you say, with ads from time to time)?

JonLester  Nov. 6, 2013 at 11:48

That's about the size of it. You can actually try it now on PC.

Late  Nov. 6, 2013 at 11:50

Decent! Thanks Jon.

DivideByZero  Nov. 6, 2013 at 12:12

Nice, I wonder what their catalogue is like?

If it's missing all the Sony stuff it will be quite limited as Sony have hooks in a load of labels.

Anyone know?

JonLester  Nov. 6, 2013 at 17:37

UPDATE: Turns out Penello got his wires crossed. It's only free for 15 songs, then you have to pay.

Late  Nov. 6, 2013 at 18:11

Left hand, meet right hand...

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