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Microsoft preparing Spotify-like music service

updated 01:00 pm EDT, Mon July 13, 2009

MS music streaming service

Microsoft is preparing a new music streaming service, "similar in principle to Spotify," according to the company's executive MSN producer, Peter Bale. The Europe-only beta of Spotify revolves around a client application, which lets users stream virtually any track or album from the company's remote library. In the UK the service is 10 per month, or free with a minute of advertising interspersed every 30 minutes.

Microsoft may adopt similar policies for its service, although Bale notes that the company is still evaluating business models. One option may involve streaming through the Xbox 360, which is already capable of streaming movies and TV shows, including those carried by Netflix. Despite the lack of a business model, or even an official download partner, Microsoft is expected to have the music service ready by the end of July. One feature will allow users to keep tracks, mirroring the Zune Marketplace.

by MacNN Staff



  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's interesting that Microsoft doesn't even pretend to innovate any more. They flat out state that they're going to copy Spotify, and basically say the same thing about their new web-based Office apps (that they're copying Google).

    It's amazing when you think about it - their only arguments now are that (1) PCs are cheap, and (2) you might as well use Microsoft products because they can copy the good ideas from everyone else.

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