Skip to comments.Free Ad-Supported Music Streaming Coming Via Xbox Music On Windows 8 Devices
Posted on 10/15/2012 7:31:04 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Xbox Music app will come pre-installed and is the default music player for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. This app will feature free, ad-supported streaming of the entire catalog of over 30 million tracks on PCs and tablets. Users can also make playlists, discover new music, and purchase and download music. However, this unlimited free streaming service will end in 6 months time followed by reduced hours of streaming and users can buy Xbox Music pass to enjoy Unlimited streaming after that.
The service will cover 22 countries for subscription music, 15 for free streaming, and offer iOS and Android clients later next year.
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Isn’t that just like radio?
Isn’t that just like the town crier?
Uhh, Pandora is already free! And if you get the correct app it is ad free and skip songs as many times as you want.
“will come pre-installed and is the default music player for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system”
so what else is “new”?
software/computer system giant offers new OS with it’s own apps built in/bundled in and set as default apps (and made to work better than other’s apps, if at all, on it’s own OS)
the same methodology that apple and ms have been doing for decades to try to keep users tied to their OS
I’ll wait for a non-Adroid, non-Apple, non-MS Linux-based smartphone OS - thank you very much
If I were a tyrant/dictator I would ban providers of telecom services from selling communication devices that only work on their telecom service, in fact I would ban the telecom services from the communication device market all togother.
It is nothing more than a small piece of code that makes a cell ohone an AT&T cell phone verses a verizon cell phone. Any cell phone retailer should be able to load that small piece of code, after the customer has selected the phone. That would also end the special deals that the cell phone makers make with the telecoms to push their phones into the market place. Greater direct, consumer competition for cell phones would insue. If I were a tyrant I would refer to the deals between the telecoms and the cell phone makers as “collusion”. Fortunately for them I am not a tyrant nor in any position to be one. Unfortunately for the consumer, I think they would be better off if i were.
Linux user here also.
I’m not a Linux user on my PC at this time.
But, I would be a Linux user, if a good Linux-based smartphone OS was available and available for use on cell phones with the biggest U.S. telecom providers.
I would do that, and be part of doing that, to promote more open systems and markets for open systems - in all areas of “computing”.
The current cell phone markets are dominated by and rigged by the marketing agreements between three or four major cell phone makers and the top three or four cell phone service providers; agreements that are more beneficial to all of them because they promote the limitation of competition in cell phone devices, hold onto the sale of those already market-dominant devices, and that helps hold onto the telecoms dominance of the cell phone service market.
If people could go to a retail outfit, select a cell phone they want, and acting through that retailer have that phone placed on an existing cell phone service account, with any cell phone service provider, or obtain a new cell phone account, with any cell phone service provider (who will accept them), there would be more cell phone makes and models available and probably a more competitive market in cell phone services with more service providers.
The present market preserves and protects the already dominant players in both equipment and services.