In October of last year, Microsoft formally launched Xbox Music. It was part replacement for its failed Zune software and part Spotify competitor. The only problem was that, unlike Spotify, Xbox Music was only available on Microsoft products – Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox 360. Now the Redmond giant is finally bringing its music app to more people.
The Verge reports that Microsoft will be launching a Web-based version of its Xbox Music service next week. The Web version will sport all of the features of the Windows 8 app, but will work on any Web browser. The browser version of the service will reportedly set up shop at music.xbox.com, but the site isn’t live just yet.
As it on Windows 8 devices, the Web version of Xbox Music will remain free for those who don’t mind a few ads every now and then. To get rid of ads, you’ll need the Xbox Music Pass which costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year. The Smart DJ service, which acts like Pandora, will also presumably be available in the Web version.
Just like Google and Apple before it, we’re likely to see Microsoft unveil its latest Xbox Music app at its annual BUILD developer conference next week. We might even see those promised Xbox Music apps on iOS and Android, but that’s far less likely.
At BUILD, we can also expect to see the latest Xbox Music app on Windows 8.1. It seems that Microsoft will be pushing discoverability with the latest update as it wants consumers to find, play and buy music more quickly. In other good news, the new app will support music loaded from SD cards and songs not in your Xbox Music catalogue.