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Microsoft brings Xbox Music to iPhones, iPads

updated 01:23 am EDT, Mon September 9, 2013

Xbox Music app launches on iOS

Microsoft has released a brand new app on Apple's iOS platform, bringing Xbox Music users the ability to use the streaming service on their iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The new app offers ad-free streaming from Microsoft's online music catalog, with the ability to sync content across multiple devices.

Xbox Music users can stream ad-free music from Microsoft's catalog of tens of millions of songs. The app allows users to add song's, albums, and playlists to an Xbox Music collection. Once added, those songs are accessible across any device that has access to a user's Xbox Music account.

Microsoft has been continually updating its music service since its debut, adding Windows 8 apps, web apps, and more. Launched in October of 2012, the service is an integral part of Microsoft's ongoing effort to transform itself into a firm focused on devices and services, including mucis.

The app supports continuous play while multitasking, and users can generate playlists and radio stations depending on any number of factors, including artist, genre, and more options.

Future updates of the app will include the option to download selected tracks from Xbox Music for offline listening.

Xbox Music is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store. The 8.8MB download requires an iPhone, iPod, or iPad running iOS 6.0 or later. An Xbox Music Pass is available on a 30-day free trial as long as a user provides a valid credit card number and has an Xbox Live Gold membership.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jpellino

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    Joined: 10-29-99

    Wow. A smart move on MS's part - to broaden the reach of this concept of using your XBOX as a media center, and of course Apple is more than willing to get more folks to use iOS devices. Now if MS doesn't burn through all the intellectual and dollar capital of Nokia before the next TV season, they might have a chance here.

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