Microsoft is keen to position itself as a serious player in the devices and services segment, something borne out of its latest move to open up Xbox Music service for free on the web, and the Android and iOS apps are likely to debut soon. Microsoft also stated they are making Xbox Music available to those outside of Windows 8, a move that will introduce millions more to the Microsoft music service, as Windows 7 continues to be the most used Windows version even after almost a year since the launch of Windows 8.
“Xbox Music now, more than ever, powers music experiences between Windows 8, Xbox, Windows Phone, and now iOS, Android and the Web,” Xbox General Manager Jerry Johnson.
This will bring Microsoft into direct competition with Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, and other services and music providers. As of now, users can choose from over 30 million tracks. The service also allows tracks to be downloaded but for a fee while also offering a web radio service as well. Xbox Music can be enjoyed free on the web supported by ads, though there is an ad-free version available for a fee of $10 per month or $100 a year.