Monday, 15 October 2012

Microsoft tries music - again

Microsoft  has launched another new music service under the Xbox brand, rather than the Zune label, used by the company for its music ventures since 2006. Xbox Music will include a streaming service with an ad-funded "freemium" option, as well as a ten dollars a month ad-free subscription package that will also work with Xbox consoles and Windows smartphones.

German-based Spotify competitor Simfy last week withdrew its ad-supported freemium service from the Belgian market, telling users that licensing costs in the country were just too high. The subscription-based premium service will continue to be available in the country, where Simfy launched last November. And in other news, Spotify is planning a launch in Japan, and is in talks with labels with an eye in a launch in early 2013. 

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