Rumour: XBox Music to include Scan and Match music service

Here is another via WindowsPhoneDaily.

According to a Neogaf forum poster called "Barkley’s Justice" with good sources, Microsoft is set to radically revamp the Zune music service when it transforms to Xbox Music.

The quote reads as follows:

The time has come… Microsoft is winding down its Zune brand and turning a new leaf as Xbox Music. This global relaunch represents Microsoft’s move to make the games console the entertainment hub of the home, similar to what Sony Playstation did with their Music Unlimited service. The revamped service will offer free-to-user advertising-funded streaming, a single tier dual subscription streaming service, a scan-and-match locker service and ALC downloads.

If true it appears the service will offer a Spotify-like free ad-supported streaming music service, a paid for service without ads,  the ability to “upload” your own music and stream high quality versions from the internet and of course the usual traditional DRM-free purchase system.

The full service would make Xbox Music competitive with the various other services available on the market, but the key of course will be its availability outside of US, where the bulk of Windows Phone users are, a feat Microsoft never really achieved with Zune.

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