Microsoft Working On Music Streaming Service
Microsoft is apparently working on a music streaming service that it plans to unveil at the E3 gaming convention. This will be a service that won’t require any browser plugin and it will have cross-platform support. So other than Xbox owners, users can also get service on their Android and iOS devices. This service is currently referred to as Woodstock internally and it will allow people to stream music on their Xbox and other platforms. It will also be deeply integrated in to Facebook and still not need any browser plug in.
There were already reports going around about Microsoft launching a music service back in February this year. This current report comes from The Verge and it says the service will also include a ‘scan and match’ feature that will match songs that are already on the user’s local music library to songs available on the service. So you will never miss our on your music when you are away from your computer.
Microsoft will be entering a market that is currently dominated by popular and established services like Pandora and Spotify. So there are skeptics who aren’t entirely sure how well the service will perform. However, they are discounting the massive presence of the Xbox community.
As an Xbox feature, this will have an instant audience amongst all the Xbox Live users all over the world (or the US, if the service is region specific) and they are quite a large community. So that will provide the community with an instant launching pad from where it will have better chances to grow compared to the past attempts like Zune Pass and Urge.