Xbox Music on Web for free -->
The expansion beyond Windows 8 devices and Xbox game consoles starting on Monday is intended to bring new customers into the software giant's ecosystem of devices and services and could help it compete with other digital music offerings like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes. It's also an acknowledgement that the music service hasn't done much to drive sales of the Windows 8 operating system.
The move represents another step toward
"They've said they're going to be a devices and services company. We know they want to be a device company since they're buying the
Most buyers of the new Windows 8 operating system discovered Xbox Music because it's the default player for music files that people have imported from elsewhere, according to Xbox Music General Manager
"To actually build that ecosystem, we need to bring people into it,' Johnson said.
Xbox Music allows people to choose from 30 million tracks and stream them for free with ads. The service sells downloadable tracks that have been kept off streaming services by artists or labels. A radio service on Xbox Music also generates song playlists automatically along genres or similar artists.
The thinking is if new consumers enjoy the free experience online, some might upgrade to pay
The decision to allow Xbox Music to run on competitors' phone platforms is in line with
Starting with its release on
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