Microsoft Debuts Xbox Music Service to Take on Apple | Fox Business

Microsoft Corp (MSFT) on Monday announced that Xbox Music, a digital music service to vie with Apple Inc’s (AAPL) iTunes and Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN) Cloud Player, will be available for its Xbox game consoles on Tuesday.

The service will be expanded to Windows software-based computers and tablets, including the upcoming Surface tablet, from October 26, when Microsoft launches Windows 8. It will be expanded to phones shortly after that.

The world’s largest software maker has been trying for years to make the household living room an entertainment hub with its Xbox. More than 67 million units have been sold since 2005.

About 18 months ago, the company realized that Xbox users were spending half to 60 percent of their time on entertainment services rather than video gaming, Xbox Music general manager Jerry Johnson said.

The market-leading video game console already streams Netflix (NFLX), ESPN and other channels and is bolstering its service with music and other video content.

via Microsoft Debuts Xbox Music Service to Take on Apple | Fox Business.

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