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Microsoft offers 12-month Xbox Music Pass, budget Nokia Lumia for $99

02/04, 12:59pm

Choice of Lumia 520, Lumia 521 when buying Xbox Music Pass subscription

Microsoft is offering a budget Nokia smartphone and anXbox Music Pass subscription from the Microsoft Store for $99, for a limited time. The offer, available in the United States and Puerto Rico, consists of a 12-month subscription to the music service, along with the choice of either a Lumia 520 on AT&T or a Lumia 521 on T-Mobile, as off-contract devices.

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Microsoft brings Xbox Music, Video to Windows Phone 8

12/18, 1:29pm

Microsoft brings Xbox media apps to Windows Phone

Microsoft has rolled out a pair of Windows Phone 8 users the ability to access its Xbox Music and Xbox Video services. The two new standalone apps will sync playlists between a user's Windows Phone device and any other computers running the Xbox Music or Video app, with playlists and other content persistent between them. The apps have rolled out ahead of the expected release of Microsoft's next major Windows Phone update, Windows Phone 8.1.

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Microsoft giving away new Eminem album on Xbox Music

12/02, 3:55pm

New Eminem album free, others discounted

Microsoft is giving hip-hop loving users of its Xbox Music service the chance to download a free copy of Eminem's Marshal Mathers LP2. The company's Major Nelson announced the giveaway on Monday, saying that it is open to Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone users. Downloading the album on any one Windows device will grant access to it across all of one's Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8 devices, as well as on one's Xbox console.

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Briefly: AT&T expands LTE coverage; Xbox Music free via Live Gold

11/06, 12:59pm

AT&T deploys LTE network in 13 more cities

AT&T has continued its ongoing LTE deployment, bringing the 4G service to 14 new markets across the US. The expansion includes Fairbanks Metropolitan Area, Arkansas; Galesburg, Macomb and Peoria, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Maysville and Madisonville, Kentucky; Cumberland, Maryland; St. Cloud, Minnesota; St. Joseph, Missouri; Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Big Spring, Texas and Winchester, Virginia.

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Microsoft brings Xbox Music to iPhones, iPads

09/09, 1:23am

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.

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Microsoft adds web player to Xbox Music for subscribers

07/01, 5:49am

Web version uses similar design to Windows 8.1 version

Xbox Music has now got a web-based version of its media player, available for use by its subscribers. The browser version of the Microsoft-owned music service will play back music from its catalog of "millions" of tracks, and will synchronize playlists between the browser, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox 360 apps.

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Microsoft to launch Xbox Music tomorrow, excludes Windows 7

10/15, 7:45am

Cross-platform music service starts on Xbox 360

Microsoft is launching its Xbox Music service far earlier than anticipated. The cross-platform music service will roll out onto Xbox 360 consoles from tomorrow, with Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8 receiving it on the 26th. Despite the multi-platform nature of the service, it will not appear on Windows 7 or handsets running earlier versions of Windows Phone.

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Xbox Music to launch alongside Windows 8

10/04, 2:43pm

Service to offer subscriptions, ad-supported streaming

Microsoft's forthcoming music service, revealed earlier this year, will finally launch this month alongside Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that the software giant will be launching Xbox Music on October 26 across multiple platforms. The service will offer both subscription and streaming options in a manner similar to Spotify and other popular music services.

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Xbox Music images leak online, pricing tiers shown

09/26, 1:33pm

Zune store replacement to have subscription, free options

Images of the oncoming Xbox Music Pass, originally revealed in June and considered to be the spiritual successor to the Zune marketplace, have leaked online. The service, according to images received by Engadget, will allow music to be downloaded and synchronized across the Xbox, Windows, and Windows Phone platforms, and appears to offer various subscription options.

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Microsoft announces Xbox 360 content updates for next year

06/04, 6:36pm

Over 35 more apps will appear on console, including ESPN

Microsoft is adding more content to the Xbox 360 in future updates, the company has announced. Over the next 12 months, the console will have more than 35 new content partners, offering more films and shows to watch and listen to. Xbox Music was also revealed as a marketplace on Windows 8-based devices as well as the Xbox 360, along with an expansion to the current sport-related offerings.

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