Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the latest competitor of Spotify in providing digital music service after the search engine giant launched a web version of Xbox Music on Monday, July 1.
What Does Microsoft’s Xbox Music Do?
Xbox Music allows users to stream or download millions of songs free on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs, and tablets. The service was previously available only on Xbox 360.
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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Xbox Music enables users to find new songs through the Smart DJ feature, which creates custom stations based on the their favorite artists. They can also listen to their favorite songs offline through an X Box Music pass that enables users to download songs on their devices.
In addition, users have the ability to manage their collection of songs, including those purchased from iTunes or other services using the Xbox Music app. The service is connected to a cloud, which means users will be able to automatically sync their Xbox Music Pass collection and playlists across all devices such as tablets, PCs, mobile phones, and the Xbox 360.
The Music Store from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has a large catalog of music with more than 18 million songs and offers 24/7 access to users. They have the option to buy an album or just their favorite songs.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) recently negotiated with Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Corp., and EMI. The company previously announced its plan for Xbox Music at the E3 Video Games Conference at Los Angeles, California.
In May, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) introduced a streaming music service during the company’s I/O Developer Conference. According to the search engine giant, Google Music is linked to Google Play with Android with a monthly subscription fee of $9.99 per month. The search engine giant’s music library contains 2o million songs.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also unveiled the iTunes Radio during its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The iTunes Radio is a free internet service radio featuring 200 stations. According to Apple, users will be able to access exclusive “first listen” premieres from top selling artists through the service, and it is integrated with Siri for additional entertainment.