Xbox Music Is Going Free, Launches Apps For iOS And Android
Xbox Music is going to be free over the web, starting today. Also the company launched its long-awaited Xbox Music app for Android and iOS, which too will be available from today onwards.
Xbox Music is the first entertainment service from the Microsoft to launch on iOS and Android. The move puts Xbox Music and Microsoft on a new course, positioning the service to rival major streaming music providers like Spotify and Rdio.
“Xbox Music now, more than ever, powers music experiences between Windows 8, Xbox, Windows Phone, and now iOS, Android and the Web,” Xbox General Manager Jerry Johnson said in a statement.
The Xbox Music mobile version of the service that launched today has a simpler UI that more closely resembles Spotify. The first six months of streaming are entirely free, and becomes more limited after that. Also, it’s unclear if streaming will be free for the Xbox One version that launches this November.
Sadly, the Xbox Music iOS and Android apps don’t launch with the ability to save and play tracks offline. But the company says that the apps will be updated every four to six weeks and an offline mode will be available in the next few months.