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Microsoft launches Xbox Music service

The Redmond tech giant is looking to infiltrate your ears with its new music streaming service. Should Spotify be afraid?

Microsoft has announced Xbox Music, a new service to replace Microsoft Zune which it hopes will bring the fight to Spotify’s dominance in the music streaming arena.

Offering over 30 million tunes, Xbox Music will offer users the chance to buy tracks with two subscription-based streaming options which include Windows 8 ad-supported streaming and a US$10/month unlimited play Music Pass subscription.

Existing Zune subscribers can take advantage by loading up their ears straight away with the services launch tomorrow, while Xbox Music virgins can lap up a 30-day free trial before committing.

A Smart DJ feature also creates automatically generated playlists for users based on their favourite artists – handy if you’re feeling uninspired and lazy.

The Xbox Music service will be available for Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 users, though Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 users will have to upgrade to join in.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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