Microsoft Releases Xbox Music App For iOS And Android Devices, Free Web Streaming And More

Xbox Music Devices

Microsoft today announced a significant update to its Xbox Music service. Microsoft has released Xbox Music app for iOS and Android devices today. Apart from these mobile apps, Microsoft also announced free streaming on Xbox Music via the Web. However, you need an Xbox Music Pass subscription to make use of these apps. With a Xbox Music Pass, you get unlimited access to the songs and artists you want at any time with playback across your tablet, PC, phone and Xbox console for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Also you can enjoy the same content on Xbox Music Web player at http://music.xbox.com even without a Xbox Music Pass. Your playlists are synced across all these devices.

Read full press release below.

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 8, 2013 — Nearing its one-year anniversary, Microsoft Corp.’s all-in-one music service, Xbox Music, continues making strides to deliver all the music people want, wherever they want it played. Today, Microsoft announced its plans to bring Xbox Music to iOS and Android devices, as well as free streaming on Xbox Music via the Web.[1]

Accessing music across all the different devices people interact with has become complicated. People today use PCs, laptops, tablets, phones and TVs to access different music services that don’t connect with one another. Xbox Music is designed to solve this common problem by combining the best of all music offerings with free streaming on the Web and on Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Internet radio, subscription (called Xbox Music Pass), and download-to-own options.[2] With today’s news, access to Xbox Music grows to include iOS and Android devices, as well as a free Web-based interface on computers.

“Xbox Music now, more than ever, powers music experiences between Windows 8, Xbox, Windows Phone, and now iOS, Android and the Web,” said Jerry Johnson, general manager of Xbox Music. “We’re also excited to connect artists with their fans on the most anticipated consumer product of the year when Xbox One launches Nov. 22.”

Expanding the Xbox Music family of devices

Starting today, your Xbox Music Pass brings the catalog of music to iOS and Android devices. Get unlimited access to the songs and artists you want at any time with playback across your tablet, PC, phone and Xbox console for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Add a song to your collection on your Xbox, and you’ll also have that song on your iOS, Android or Windows 8 device on the go or at the office. Xbox Music Pass also unlocks unlimited access to tens of thousands of music videos on your Xbox 360.

With the addition of free streaming on the Web, enjoy on-demand access to 30 million songs globally for free on the Xbox Music Web player at http://music.xbox.com or through the Xbox Music app on all Windows 8 tablets and PCs. Discovering and enjoying free music is as easy as typing an artist or song name and hitting “play.” Songs are instantly available to stream at no cost and for you to create an unlimited amount of playlists.[1]

Continued innovation

Xbox Music will continue to grow and evolve over the coming months. Microsoft will add Radio to the free Web player, a quick and dynamic way to personalize your collection, discover new favorites, and create ultimate playlists by launching instant mixes based on your favorite artists. With unlimited skips and a view of the full recommended music stream, Radio puts you in control of your Internet radio experience.[1]

Xbox Music will grow on Windows 8 when it adds the anticipated new Web Playlist tool this fall. The tool scans all the artists and music available on a given Web page and creates a custom playlist of all that music. Think about the Web page of your favorite radio station, or an upcoming music festival, and all the bands and songs included on that Web page. Web Playlist identifies all that music and creates an instant, custom playlist inside Xbox Music with the simple touch of a button. Web Playlist along with Windows 8.1 will be released Oct. 17.

In the coming months, additional updates for iOS and Android platforms will become available, including an offline mode that lets you save your music to your device for playback without an Internet or data connection.

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  • Charles Dawkins

    There goes another one.

    • BIAS

      Indeed.

  • Dominique

    And meanwhile, the Music app experience (even post GDR2) sucks donkey balls on Windows Phone. GG Microsoft!

    • Yuan Taizong

      True, it’s almost as if they prefer supporting Androids and iPhones over Windows Phones, as a Windows Phone user this is really sad.

  • Orc

    While some people will se this as a threat to WP. I see this as a great move to strengthen the ecosystem. Because that’s what’s best for WP in the long run.

    • Yuan Taizong

      True, it will make switching less troublesome, as people tend to stay with the things they’re used to.

  • Ameer Hassan

    Ohhhh just in time for the new iphone…wow.
    Microsoft why are you expanding Xbox music to other ecosystem when the one on your very own platform sucks butt? i dont get this crapp!!!!!.

    • Orc

      The more people that’s on MS ecosystem Xbox, Skype, OneNote, office, skydrive, outlook. The easier it would be for them to switch to WP.
      That people uses iTunes instead doesn’t help WP.

      • ITBox

        but when it’s better on other platform than its own?

        • Yuan Taizong

          That’s a good but very sad point :-(

  • Emily the Strange

    and here comes the brainless idiots who complain about Microsoft expanding their apps to other platforms even though this would make people would get interested in MS ecosystem, you know, like people paying Xbox music pass instead of other services because they can use it in their android, iPhone , and Windows computer etc etc.
    it was obvious what Microsoft was going to do and they said it before. will you keep complaining about smartglass, xbox music, etc etc? really? not everyone who uses xbox or win8 pc have a windows phone, deal with it. oh yeah, I forgot most of people who complain about it are just braindead people :).

    • Yuan Taizong

      Exactly, Microsoft needs to expand the range of their ecosystem to correctly rival the likes of iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, if Microsoft wouldn’t do this then Xbox Music would just be ”another obscure Music service” like Kazaa, SoundCloud or Songza, I bet most people wouldn’t even have heard of these services without this comment, Xbox Music can get millions of new subscribers which will put millions more in Microsoft’s pockets to improve the Cloud-streaming service as well as their other products, I have no idea why so many people are too ignorant to see this.

  • Thomas Eljon

    they have time to make android and ios apps where wp8 app is impossible to use and cry for update into XXI century

  • Tirinti

    Instead of releasing it for wrong devices in US they should release it for Windows Phone in countries where Windows Phone is more popular then iPhone.

    • Orc

      I think that has more to do with license, then anything else.

  • Yuan Taizong

    The first thing I did was install it on Android, despite the fact that I don’t have it for Windows Phone 7.8 (>_<) which is my main device, well, a good thing is that now finally you can have Zune on your iPod :-P but all jokes aside, Xbox Music won't be a killer app exclusively for Windows & Windows Phone :-( Well this does indicate that Microsoft is moving to support all costumers across all devices, but the sad truth is that Microsoft can launch both an Android and an iO.S. application of great quality in such a short time, while the Faceweb's… I mean the Facebook's Instagram takes years to develop even a simple app for Windows Phone.

    Ever since buying Windows 8 I've hated Xbox Music (Zune), but over time new features got added, bugs were fixed and it turned into a decent Media Player, and I've tried the web app and now the Android app, but it's still the best on Windows Phone 8 (note that my Windows Phone 7.8 is a high-end device while my Windows Phone 8 devices and all my 5 Android devices are considered ''low-end''), but another oppurtunity here is that more subscribers who'll buy an Xbox Music-Pass (Zune Music-Pass) will love and subscribe to it and will switch to Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 because it's better.

    Partially this was done to bring ''the full Microsoft experience'' across all devices, not just theirs, which is understandable, but Microsoft needs some exclusive applications to sell their Windows Ecosystem (Windows & Windows Phone, and maybe Xbox), which is something Xbox Music could've been, also note that Xbox Music is the largest (non-video-based) Music Library on the internet with 30.000.000 while iTunes only has 28.000.000 and Google Play Music 20.000.000+ which indicates that plenty of people might ''make the switch'', which would put more money in Microsoft's pockets, thus would enable them to make more awesome applications, programs and (Cloud-)services like the ones they have now, and I personally hope that Xbox Music will be more successful, because it hasn't really taken off, and note that Xbox Music wasn't launched in 2012, it was launched in 2006 as Zune, which makes its lack of past success a real money-pit, and now it has a larger audience.

    Also Xbox Music is one of the best media players around, and according to plenty of analysts Xbox Music will be one of the big contenders around the end of the year, and let's be honest, one of Microsoft's strong points is that they support everyone even Macs, Linux, unknown/obscure Mobile operating systems and whatnot, Microsoft's strenght has always come from the fact that unlike Google or Apple, you can use your great services on any device at any time, this is an advantage.

    I just hope that this move will help sell more Windows 8 devices.

    • Orc

      I Think the exclusive feature with Windows phone is that it doesn’t lag despite having a quarter ram of Android high end phones.

      • Jippy

        Wait for WP 8.1 , it is supposed to have xbox music fully integrated in the OS.

    • Jippy

      I think that xbox music is fast to come to iOS and Android because Microsoft developped them. Though, Facebook and Instagram are not made by MS and they have to wait after them.
      By the way, have you tried Xbox Music on windows 8.1? Its day and night if you compare with windows 8. It’s AMAZING!