Microsoft's 'Woodstock' music service is alleged to offer cross-platform streaming

Microsoft's 'Woodstock' music service is alleged to offer cross-platform streaming
There’s no question about it whatsoever, but as we all realize, Microsoft is moving forward in unifying a variety of its services. For example, we’re starting to see certain gaming titles that can be played on a Windows Phone, and then continue the action at home through an Xbox 360 console.

Well, it looks like Microsoft is aiming to do something similar with its music service in Zune. Right now, it’s only Windows Phone smartphones that can tap into the streaming service, but it sounds as though that the Redmond based company is going to be expanding its reach. Specifically, it’s speculated that Microsoft is going to be unveiling its new “Woodstock” Xbox music service at this year’s video game focused E3 event.

Now what’s cool about it, is the fact that it’ll be a new streaming service that will be compatible across an array of platforms. For example, it’s looking to be available through Android, the Xbox, Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, and even through a native app or web browser. Essentially, Woodstock is Microsoft’s answer to other comparable services like Spotify, which allow users to stream as much music as they want.

Beyond having the ability to stream your favorite tunes, Woodstock is reportedly going to offer a deep Facebook integration as well – plus, a “scan and match” function that will allow users to identify their catalog of songs. As much as the Zune brand has been an established one for Microsoft, they intend on actually moving away from it. So right now, we’ll just have to wait until E3 to find out what the ruckus is all about.

source: The Verge via BGR



7. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I liked zune :( It was so aesthetically pleasing compared to iTunes

6. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

They tried to turn the Zune into a monthly payment but they claim it would cost to much. They do get all the tv shows and movies pretty quick.

3. wgaurav

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 17, 2010

I dont trust MS any more they are always late to party....

1. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Microsoft is making a big mistake with this. They need to add cloud support for Zune music so you can stream your own music. They keep trying to push this 9.99 a month Zune pass. Then are going to get rid of the app place on the Zune desktop client really. Zune is a great service the only service that has any push against iTunes in functionality and they wanna move away from it. One bad choice after another. If they would just but heavy integration of Zune as the default music and video service for all windows desktops phones and such that would be a plan. Also they need to make a competing service for YouTube call it liveflix or some s**t

2. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

I like that "liveflix" idea! I luv Zune! No matter what they do as long as the feel and look is as cool as it is now, then great! Maybe this is another way of having Android and iOS users get a feel on how super the Microsoft experience really is and that may lead folks to possibly making a switch. Just a thought...

4. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

That's true this could lead to more adoption by the consumer. Only time will tell. Its still the best option out right now for me anyway, and I love there pricing.

5. cityeighteen

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

They should probably at least let people easily stream anything they upload to SkyDrive. Perhaps they could also bring back the $15 Zune Pass option, but this time with a streaming video service to take on Netflix.

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