Microsoft isn’t giving away Xbox Music, the music streaming service for free – ad-based – to Xbox One users. The confirmation comes from Microsoft via The Verge.
Last week, Albert Penello pointed out while replying to a question from a user that the music streaming service will be ad-based on Xbox One, and users won’t require Xbox Music pass as the service will be sponsored by adverts.
Xbox Music on Windows 8.1 and the corresponding web version allow free listening for six months with a cap of 10 hours per month. However, the user will see some banners in the user interface. After service expiration, it needs a Xbox Music pass that costs $9.99 per month or $99.90 per year.
Albert, Microsoft’s head of product planning for Xbox One says sorry for the wrong information now and clarified the details.”I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. Sorry!” reads his recent tweet.
Microsoft has also explained to The Verge:
“Enjoying Xbox Music on Xbox One does require a Xbox Music Pass, similar to Xbox 360. Users will receive 15 free song plays before having to enter their Music Pass. New users can also sign up for a free 30 day trial. With a Music Pass, you have access to your personal music collection and can stream unlimited, ad-free music. You can use Xbox Music alongside other activities on Xbox One, including games, through Snap mode. Xbox Music is an all-in-one music service that does offer an ad-supported, free streaming option on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and online at Music.Xbox.com.”
In addition, Microsoft has integrated support for Bing so that you can search for a song, album, or artist using the search engine within the app. The collection management has been improved thoroughly, which now shows all the tracks stored on the cloud and stored locally on your computer. The section also allows you to create your own radio stations by favorite artists. Besides, the user can create custom playlists that will be synchronized on all devices (PC, web, tablets, smartphones and Xbox), and the music service will allow you to browse a catalog of over 30 million songs.