Microsoft Launches Music Service for Xbox, Windows 8
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User Rank: Apprentice
10/16/2012 | 1:42:12 PM
re: Microsoft Launches Music Service for Xbox, Windows 8
Ummm..."online catalog of more than 30,000 songs"??? That would be embarrasing if it were true. As a satisfied multi-year Zune pass subscriber, I have to say that figure has to be closer to something like 20 million songs. Almost everything my family and I have looked for is in the collection. Mostly it looks like a rebranding of the Zune Pass along with the addition of advertiser-based free streaming.

I would not look for an iPod like device, that was the Zune player. Now the players will be the Windows Phones (it's already in the Windows Phone 7 devices), and Windows 8 tablets and PCs.
Andrew Hornback
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10/16/2012 | 1:13:42 AM
re: Microsoft Launches Music Service for Xbox, Windows 8
I wonder if this means that Redmond has plans for a device similar to an iPod in order to fully compete with Apple in their markets now that the Zune is dead.

This sounds like a great service, but if Microsoft decides to lock it into their platforms only, they may wake up in a few years and realize that it failed, just like the Zune.

As far as uploading all of your music to the Microsoft cloud goes - there has to be some sort of limitation to that, I would imagine... some acquaintances of mine have terabyte upon terabyte of music / content that would fall under this service.

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