Xbox Music was originally announced without a lot of fanfare. The service was made to compete with big names like Spotify, Pandora, and Google Music. It hasn’t really taken off yet and for predictable reasons. It’s really difficult to oust a competitor who already provides a really good service.
That said, Microsoft is giving it a shot with Xbox Music. It’s available now in the Google Play Store as well as in iTunes for iOS users. It features pretty much everything that you would find in desktop and console versions of the app. This include access to tens of millions of songs, syncing your playlists across multiple devices, and more. The app is also a result of a full redesign by the Xbox Music team after their original efforts were deemed too difficult to use.
Xbox Music takes the Spotify method of use. The desktop version -which is a web player- is free to use if you don’t mind ad supported music. In order to use the app, you must actually pay for the service. Xbox Music Pass costs $9.99 per month or $99.90 per year. This is essentially the same as Spotify, where you get the desktop app for free with ads and you must pay to use the Android app.
Despite the limitations on the Android app, we feel this is a very positive move for Microsoft. As GigaOm points out, Xbox Music is the first Microsoft entertainment service to be released on Android and iOS. More importantly, the features and pricing are, more or less, on par with the competition. Will anyone be giving Xbox Music a chance? If you have a moment, let us know what you think in the comments. If you want to try it out, click the download button below.