Xbox Music has been released today on iOS and Android and additionally as a free streaming service on the web – so long as you’re running Windows 8! The service will drop down to a limited streaming plan after 6 months.
Xbox Music is now available on iOS and Android devices worldwide, expanding the number of devices the service is available on. And this is only the beginning since continued plans to improve the service on these platforms will eventually bring an offline mode to iOS and Android in the coming months.
Free Streaming on any Web Browser. Today an update to the Web-based music player rolled out to introduce free streaming on the Web. That means you can simply visit http://music.xbox.com and begin listening to free music immediately. This will drop down to a limited service after 6 months.
Xbox Music will continue to grow and evolve over the coming months, too, with the addition of the following features and updates:
Web Playlist. A new Web Playlist feature is built into the Xbox Music app for Windows 8.1. The tool scans for artists’ mentions on a given Web page and creates a custom playlist of their music. Think about the Web page of your favorite radio station, or an upcoming music festival, and all the bands and songs included on that Web page. Web Playlist identifies all that music and creates an instant, custom playlist inside Xbox Music with the simple touch of a button. We’ll release Web Playlist along with Windows 8.1 on Oct. 18.
Bing Smart Search. Xbox Music is integrated seamlessly into Bing Smart Search for Windows 8.1. Using Bing Smart Search, you can find musicians, bands and artists presented in a rich field of content, including top songs, albums, videos, images and relevant Web pages. If you select a track from the song list in the Bing results, it will immediately begin playing in the Xbox Music app. By collaborating with the Windows and Bing teams, Xbox Music on Windows 8.1 will make it easier than ever to find tons of great info about your favorite artists and instantly listen to the music you love without backing in and out of apps.
Radio comes to the Web. Creating a new form of artist-based radio, the Radio feature is a quick and dynamic way to personalize your collection, discover new favorites and create ultimate playlists by launching instant mixes based on your favorite artists. With unlimited skips and a view of the full recommended music stream, Radio puts you in control of your Internet radio experience. Radio will release to the Xbox Music web player later this year.
Via Xbox Wire