Microsoft will stop offering free Xbox Music streaming from December 1 in a move to promote paid music streaming. The ad-supported free version of the streaming service will be pulled out from Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices.
The music lovers will now need to subscribe to Music Pass, a paid service which the company claims is the ultimate music purchase. the service is priced at £8.99/$9.99 per month that allows ad-free, offline access on a range of devices and a library of more than 90,000 videos on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
“Download music for offline listening and create playlists that automatically sync across all your devices,” reads the FAQ in the support page.
However the playlists created by the Xbox Music users will remain with the only change being the monthly tariff. Free Xbox Music users are likely to shift to other free streaming services like Spotify. The company’s move coincides with Spotify’s announcement of family subscription plans that allows multiple members to use the service along with a discount. The subscription priced at $5-$10 extra will have an edge over the paid Xbox Music service.
The free streaming service was indeed a way to bring in users as the company gradually started to reduce the listening time to 10 hours and then the dropping the service. Microsoft has declined to comment on the reason for the shutdown of the service from December 1. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users will have no change as they already use the paid version of Music Pass and applies to only Windows 8 versions.
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