Even before Microsoft gets a chance to really know that if their strategy of making Windows ecosystem evermore coherent would amount to anything (i.e., making Windows 8 the operating system for all upcoming devices such as tablets, smartphones, computers, etc…), Microsoft decides to test the worthiness of Windows 8 ecosystem coherency from the get go (i.e., on the day which Windows 8 will be available for the mass to use) by announcing that the company is releasing a brand new Xbox music service. This brand new Xbox music service will only work on Windows 8 ecosystem (i.e., any device that is compatible to Windows 8 platform) and on Xbox 360 console.
What is exciting about this brand new Microsoft’s Xbox music service is that it allows anyone who has a device that is compatible to Windows 8 to be able to play music for free. Actually, it’s rather a complete music service as in this service will allow people to listen to music for free or paid in Spotify manner (i.e., streaming music without ad interruption when paying $10 per month fee and vice versa), buy music to own in iTunes manner, and stream radio in Pandora manner. In a way, Xbox music service will definitely be one of the very first guinea pigs for Microsoft to test out the effectiveness of Windows 8 ecosystem coherency. If Xbox music service is going to fail to attract any popularity and usage, Microsoft will definitely be able to gauge the effectiveness of the Windows 8 ecosystem coherency.
Personally, I think Microsoft Xbox music service will definitely shake things up among the very market participants (e.g., Spotify, Amazon, Apple, Pandora, etc…). With Windows 8 to be installed (replaced) Windows 7 on many computers and to become the fabric of the upcoming Windows 8 compatible devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, etc…), this sort of readily, powerful mojo is really going to give a very big boost to Xbox music service. In turn, Xbox music service will attract many people to hurry up and get Windows 8 operating system onto their computers. Furthermore, people who are with Windows 7 computers will go about in a hurry to have their computers upgrade to Windows 8 operating system. This is one heck of a smart move from Microsoft! Now, the only thing Microsoft needs is a really good marketing department to promote the super-coolness of Xbox music service on Windows 8 ecosystem.
- Will You Sign Up for Xbox Music? [POLL] (mashable.com)
- Microsoft Integrates Xbox Music with Windows 8 (socialbarrel.com)
- Microsoft Unveils Xbox Music, Its New Streaming Music Service (abcnews.go.com)
- Microsoft Launches Xbox Music Tomorrow (allaccess.com)
- Microsoft’s Xbox Music for Xbox 360 to Debut Tomorrow, Windows 8 and Windows RT Launch Set For October 26 (sporkings.com)
- Microsoft Xbox Music takes on Spotify and iTunes Cloud (slashgear.com)
- Microsoft Xbox Music Announced Video (geeky-gadgets.com)
- Microsoft Xbox Music Coming To Android (goandroid.co.in)
- Microsoft’s Xbox Music Looks Good, As Far As It Goes (techland.time.com)
- Microsoft introduces Xbox Music service (music streaming + purchases) (liliputing.com)