Would You Pay $100 For A Year Of Xbox Music?

By: Zach Walton - September 27, 2012

The Zune failed, and Microsoft is ok with that. Besides, it’s not like Zune is really gone. Microsoft is just rebranding it as Xbox Music. It’s going to launch sometime later this year, but we’re still in the dark on a lot of the details. Various leaks hitting the Internet today help to disspel a few of the mysteries surrounding the new service.

First up is the leak from NeoGAF where user Barkley’s Justice shared the following email he received from a distributor:

The time has come… Microsoft is winding down its Zune brand and turning a new leaf as Xbox Music. This global relaunch represents Microsoft’s move to make the games console the entertainment hub of the home, similar to what Sony Playstation did with their Music Unlimited service. The revamped service will offer free-to-user advertising-funded streaming, a single tier dual subscription streaming service, a scan-and-match locker service and ALC downloads.

As users immediately pointed out on the forums, Xbox Music is essentially Spotify. There are a few differences though. The most obvious is that Xbox Music will most assuredly require an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Users wanting to spend the $10 a month on Xbox Music will also have to pony up the $60 a year fee for Xbox Live Gold.

It was also revealed by Engadget that Xbox Music will offer an annual rate of $99.90. Combined with Xbox Live Gold, users would be paying $160 a year for a music streaming service that may only work on their consoles.

What’s strange here is that leak from NeoGAF and the pricing leak seem to contradict each other. The NeoGAF leak says that users will be able to get free streaming through advertising. The pricing leak makes it seem like users will be forced into paying a subscription no matter what. Will paying users get advertisements? Most likely as Xbox Live Gold subscribers are subjected to advertisements on the Xbox 360 dashboard.

For now, all of this is still one big rumor. We won’t know anything for sure until Microsoft announces full details. We’ll probably know something closer to the launch of Windows 8. I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft ditched an advertisement-supported model and just made everybody pay for the service. It looks like Spotify won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Zach Walton

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  • http://www.vitiligoguide.com/ Maria Jones

    This is too expensive.. 😛

  • dan

    I have never paid more than $40 for Xbox live gold.
    Try looking on walmart dot com or Amazon is much cheaper.
    Also I still use my original Zune 30gb from 5 years ago to make my hour long commute go by less painfully.
    Also had an Ipod for a short period of time, the Zune sounds so much better in my car.

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    I think the prices are a little bit high.But its lovers will buy it at any cost.

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    Anyone that would pay that has too much $$$ on their hands or either no bills & brains. Microsoft does good marketing and to them it’s like candy from babies.With all the money MicroSoft has, they like to take more from their buyers. I say buy PlayStation, @ least they dont charge for on line gaming.

  • Stephen

    Actually, Spotify is essentially Zune pass which came first, at least to the US. The subscription service is great and I fill my 120 gb zune with songs for $15 a month and get to keep 120 songs a year, DRM free. (I actually pay less since I pay by the year.) I also get to swap out old unlistened-to songs for whatever is new. I’ve had my Zune for years now and with the Zune pass I have spent next to nothing compared to an Apple fanboy who woudl have to buy(or more likely steal) all the songs. With all the songs I have and can listen to, an Apple fanboy would have to spend upwards of $13,000. I spend $180 a year. and get $120 back in songs.