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Xbox Music launches Tuesday, won't be on WP7

Xbox Music launches Tuesday, won't be on WP7
Microsoft is almost ready to launch its new music service, aptly named Xbox Music, which is not a rebranding of the Zune service that we've known for a while now. This will be a new service that works in a similar way to Zune. It's a bit strange really.

Like Zune, the new store will allow users to purchase songs, and have the $9.99 unlimited streaming monthly pass. But unlike Zune, there will also be a free, ad-supported option, although that will only be offered on Windows 8 devices to start. Other than the free option, the big difference is simply in the name. Zune is a name that never got much brand traction, but Xbox is a one of, or maybe the most valuable brand that Microsoft owns.

Xbox Music will come preloaded on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices, but unfortunately, the only current platform getting the service is the Xbox 360. Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 are being left out of the equation. At least to start, it seems like Xbox users will also get a bonus with access to nearly 70,000 music videos, which is more than offered by VEVO.

The three platforms that are part of it all over will be treated to a selection of 30 million songs, which is comparable to other services like iTunes, Sony's Qriocity, and Google Play. The selection will have editor recommendations, trending songs in your region and a host of cross-platform functionality like syncing playlists and more. Microsoft has said it will also be adding more features next year, including social network integration, scan-and-match, and a cloud locker which will be separate from SkyDrive. 

Microsoft even has clients planned for iOS and Android coming out "within the year".

source: The Verge
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