Microsoft Presses Play on New Xbox Music Service

From Billboard:

Microsoft is taking on Spotify — as well as the rest of the streaming music market.

The technology giant on Monday is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an all-in-one music experience. It wraps together free, on-demand music streaming, a scan-and-match feature, a download store and artist radio stations.

Microsoft, which spent a year building Xbox Music from the ground up, says the new service is more than a reskinned version of its previous Zune Music offering. The biggest difference is the free on-demand service, which lets users select from a catalog of about 30 million songs. Similar to Spotify, the free tier will be supported by advertising.

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