Microsoft to launch streaming music service soon

spot Good news for European Microsoft product users, who often do not get the services freely available in USA. Microsoft intends to bring a streaming music service to the Xbox in USA, similar to Last.FM in US.  Users will not have to wait too long either, as the service is set to launch at the end of July.

The service, which is modelled after the very popular European  Spotify streaming and download service will offer both ad-supported streaming and also likely a paid ad-free version.

Said Peter Bale, executive producer of MSN, Microsoft’s news and entertainment portal: “Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music streaming service imminently.

It will be a similar principle to Spotify but we are still examining how the business model will work.”

“We are looking at how other similar businesses have structured their business models and trying to figure out what will work best for both consumer and Microsoft.”

The service would be operated and owned by Microsoft, while being promoted through MSN and other parts of the Microsoft network.

The service is likely to integrate with the ZuneHD which will finally be coming to the rest of the world in the next few months, and eventually hopefully to Windows Mobile products when they get the Zune service some time next year.

Read the full Telegraph report here.

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