At Microsoft BUILD developer conference last week, Microsoft had a separate session for Xbox Music developers. Microsoft discussed about Xbox Music, its current developer program and the upcoming developer features and more. Microsoft did a comparison of Xbox Music with other competing services. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has got all boxes ticked, now it needs users! The current Xbox Music developer program allows developers to use rich metadata from Xbox Music using simple JSON or XML responses. Also there is a affiliate program via which developers can earn money through Xbox Music. Microsoft also announced a preview of upcoming Xbox Music developer program features. It allows developers to use music for inline playback and offline playback, content to remix and more. Get started with Xbox Music developer, you can find information from the above image. Xbox Music delivers all the music you love, on all your ...

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 Microsoft’s Build developer conference is starting this week and just in time Microsoft has revealed the full list of sessions that will take place at Build. Lots of sessions related to next generation Windows Phone platform, next gen .Net apps and more are happening. I found some interesting sessions which developers would find it interesting. Check them out below. Understanding the Xbox One Game Platform Built on Windows Windows Desktop Development Platform Advancements – Delight users of your desktop apps by taking advantages of touch/pen/mouse/touchpad input, high DPI displays, and rich animations. In this talk for Win32 developers, we cover desktop platform advances in Windows 8.1 Update. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how ...

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Beginning today more than 92,000 music videos to Xbox Music.  Whether you are listening to a new playlist, create a Radio stream based on your favorite artist or pick a random track from your collection with Xbox Music on Xbox One, and if the song has a music video, watch it play automatically in HD on your TV. Only one step is required to play a music video. Find your playlist, say “Xbox Play,” and watch the videos appear on screen. I think this will be a highly useful feature, especially for social gatherings. Source: Xbox ...

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 Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices just got updated in Windows Store. The key improvement included is the ability to drag and drop songs or albums to create or re-order playlists. Key updates include: Drag and drop songs or albums to create and re-order playlists, build your now playing queue and beef up your collection Large page headers now hide as you scroll, leaving more room for your content App Features: Manage your personal music collection Create and edit playlists of your favorite songs Import your playlists from iTunes Listen for free! Stream millions of songs from Xbox Music on your Windows 8/Windows RT device Play your music on any Windows 8/Windows RT device you sign into Get an Xbox Music Pass for ad-free streaming and downloading on multiple devices Buy songs and albums to add to your personal collection Radio instantly creates playlists based on your favorite artists ...

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  Similar to the Xbox Music for iOS update, Microsoft has today released an update for Xbox Music app for Android devices. This update brings in the support for offline music where you can make your playlists available online when you don’t have access to internet. What’s New? • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music on the metro, or in a plane! • Play your whole collection; play all by genre now available Xbox Music Pass on Android features: • Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music anywhere • Listen to radio stations based on your favorite artists • Add songs, albums, and playlists to your Xbox Music collection and access them from other devices • Enjoy a rich visual experience for searching, viewing, and playing back music ...

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Microsoft has released an update for its Xbox Music app on iOS devices. This new update v2.0.31213 bring the offline capabilities to the app. You can download your playlists for offline playback which you can use when you don’t have access to proper internet. Other than that, Xbox Music iOS app allows all the standard features you expect from a music streaming app. Download the update from the link below. Source: iTunes ...

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Without much noise, Microsoft has launched the Xbox Music API for developers. Along with the Xbox Music API, there is also a new affiliate program and badge program. You can become an affiliate of Xbox Music and start earning revenue. Microsoft has also published guidelines for promoting Xbox Music, including use of the Available on Xbox Music and Play on Xbox Music badges. The Xbox Music Service makes it easy for you to connect your app or website to the world of Xbox Music. The Xbox Music API provides access to RESTful web services that offer many features and generate useful data that can increase the value that people receive from Xbox Music and your application or website. By using the Xbox Music API, you’ll be able to do the following: Get the details of an album, an artist, or a track if you know its ID. Search for any ...

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As part of Cyber Monday, Microsoft has made Eminem’s latest album, Marshall Mathers LP2, free on Xbox Music.  I just tried purchasing it myself, and it is indeed free.  The rest of Eminem’s albums are all priced at 99 cents.  Here is how to grab the album: 1.       Open Xbox Music on your Windows 8 or Windows Phone device and login with your Microsoft Account. 2.       Search for “Eminem” and click through to his artist page. 3.       Find “The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe)” album and follow the steps to purchase. 4.       The price has been set to free so you won’t be charged. Non-Windows 8 / Windows Phone users can stream the entire Eminem catalog free today at music.xbox.com. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Deezer is a web based streaming music service, similar to Spotify & Pandora.  Based in Paris, France they launched in 2006 and have slowly expanded out throughout Europe and the Middle East.  They currently have 5 million paid users with 30 million licensed tracks and 30,000 radio channels. This compares quite well to Spotify’s  7 million paid users. In the past Deezer has made deal with telecoms and more recently partnerships with LG, Samsung, and Toshiba. Seeing success with its mobile phone applications, Deezer is looking to expand into the United States.  France’s Startup Blog reports: In order to launch [ in the US], Deezer will likely need to partner with a strong local player, which may explain the rumors around the Microsoft acquisition. A partnership with Xbox or Windows could provide Deezer with some much needed advantage over rival Spotify, whose deep integration with Facebook and early attack of the US market has given ...

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Microsoft yesterday sent out email to customers notifying that Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content starting Nov 22nd. Zune Marketplace had millions of songs, videos, podcasts, and TV shows for purchase and rental and it was available across Windows Phone 7 devices, PC, Xbox and the web. Since Microsoft has transitioned to the new Xbox entertainment services like Xbox Music and Xbox Video, Zune Marketplace will shutdown on Nov 22nd. Email from Microsoft, We recently notified you that with the Fall 2013 release of the Xbox 360 update, Microsoft Points are being retired. This email is a confirmation that as part of this update, Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content, or browsing movies and TV shows, beginning as early as November 22, 2013. If you have a remaining Microsoft Points balance, you can transition your Microsoft account from Microsoft Points to local ...

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Microsoft recently updated their Xbox Music and Xbox Video app for Windows 8.1 devices. Both these apps has got new features and improved experience with this update. Xbox Music: It’s now simpler to buy the albums and songs you want to keep forever. You can redeem Microsoft gift cards, too! A brand new user experience makes it easier and more fun to find music in your collection, listen to radio, and explore the Xbox Music catalog Search is always accessible – just start typing! A new way of showing results makes it easier to find what you’re looking for Pause and play with a single tap from the new always-visible playback controls Snap the app and have fun multi-tasking while you listen For quick access, find your playlists the now playing list in the left-hand menu Use the Share Charm in Windows 8.1 to share any webpage to Xbox Music ...

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Xbox Director of Product Planning Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter that Xbox One owners who are Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have access to free Xbox music streaming supported with ads. This is similar to free music streaming on Windows 8 PCs and music.xbox.com. But this differs from Xbox 360, where users must hold an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($50/year) and an Xbox Music Pass ($10/month) to access the streaming service. We are not sure whether there will be a limit for users to 10 hours of free music streaming per month after six months, and you can pay a monthly fee to get unlimited access. Update: Albert today tweeted that he was wrong about the above information. Free ad supported streaming is not coming to Xbox One. I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. ...

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Alex Garden, General manager for Xbox MVR ( MVR – Music, Video and Reading) today blogged about their experience of building the updated Music app for Windows 8.1 devices. Xbox Music app got completely re-designed from its previous version and it has got some new UX which everyone demanded. It packs Xbox Music service features like ad-supported free streaming, custom internet radio stations and the ability to take their music and playlists to different devices, ability to import from SD card, etc,. As you can see, we have condensed what were 3 layers of the app into a simple, single page with clear callouts of our major app features – collection, streaming radio, the store and playlists. Moving between the features is as simple as clicking the title. In addition, playback controls are always visible on screen making it simple to pause the song you are listening to or skipping ...

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Artists have released songs as ITunes exclusives for many years now and it looks like Microsoft is starting to play the game too.  For the next 14 days “A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES,” by Linkin Park will stream exclusively for 14 days on Xbox Music.  Microsoft explained the collaboration in further detail on the Xbox Wire. The catalyst for this relationship was gaming.  Years ago, our band had legendary Xbox tournaments on our tour bus playing “Halo”—competitions which often included fans and other bands.  As our career has progressed, we have always been attached to gaming, and eventually got opportunities to participate in the space.  We’ve enjoyed partnerships with “Medal Of Honor” and EA over the years, and even released games on our own (this month, we’ve released a new free-to-play Facebook game entitled RECHARGE.) Gaming and Xbox, however, were just the introduction; it wasn’t the thing that got me interested ...

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Along with the news that Microsoft is releasing Xbox Music apps for iOS, Android devices and free streaming on the web, Microsoft also detailed the upcoming redesigned Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices that is coming along with Windows 8.1 update. The app will come pre-installed on Windows 8.1 update, and gives access to global catalog of more than 33 million songs out of the box. If you have a Xbox Music pass, you can download your fav songs. There is also an option to stream millions of songs free on Windows 8.1. Changes in Xbox Music app: Get it in there: If you already have an existing music collection in your device’s Music library such as songs you ripped from CDs or DRM-free songs purchased from iTunes or Amazon.com – Xbox Music brings in all of it – no fuss, your music is just in there. As much ...

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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 ...

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