(AllHipHop News) The music streaming wars continue with the latest move being made by Microsoft’s Xbox Music. Previously only available through the Xbox game console and Windows 8, the service is now expanding to allow customers to access the app via their Android and iOS mobile devices. It is the first entertainment service from Microsoft to be available on Google and Apple software.
“It’s really to fill out the number of places where a Microsoft customer may want to use their music,” said Xbox’s principal program manager Scott Porter according to Los Angeles Times.
Xbox Music launched in October of 2012. Service subscribers who pay the $10/month or $100/year fee can listen to almost 30 million songs.
The forthcoming free service will give users the chance to stream music for six months. Afterwards users will only be able to use the service for a maximum of ten hours per month. A web-based radio feature is planning to launch in the coming months as well.
Microsoft is just one of tech giants looking to make mobile streaming a bigger part of the company’s portfolio. Apple launched iTunes Radio in June, and Twitter introduced its own music app recently as well. They all are competing against other music streaming apps from Google, Spotify, Rdio, and Pandora.
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