Australia Is Actually Getting Xbox Music, Starting October 26

It's terrible, but when something new and interesting is announced for Xbox LIVE we just assume it's not going to be released in Australia. So when we found out that, yes, Australians will be getting access to Xbox music — a cool new service that gives users access to 30 million songs and allows them to listen using mobiles, tablets, Xbox 360 and PC — we were actually blown away.

But it's happening. And it's happening very soon — October 26 to be precise.

"The launch of Xbox Music is a milestone in simplifying digital music on every type of device and on a global scale," said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "We’re breaking down the walls that fracture your music experiences today to ensure that music is better and integrated across the screens that you care about most — your tablet, PC, phone and TV."

But here is the strange part: for the first six months, it appears as though streaming this content will be free if you're using Windows 8 on PC but, much like the Spotify service, users will have to pay if they want to stream music on other devices — such as tablets, mobile or on Xbox 360.

That's right — despite the fact the service is actually called Xbox music, you have to pay for Xbox Music on your Xbox 360, but you can get it free on Windows 8 and Windows RT for the first six months. It's clearly a move designed to drive folks towards Windows 8, but it's strange nonetheless.

Xbox music launches in the US tomorrow, but Australians will have to wait until October 26 and the official launch of Windows 8. The Xbox Music Pass costs $11.95AU. Xbox Music will feature cloud storage, cloud stored playlists and the ability to share these playlists with family and friends.

It's an interesting move from Microsoft, but Xbox Music going up against a tough competitor in Spotify, a service that has become pretty ubiquitous in recent months. There's also the fact that Xbox Music is not compatible with Windows 7. With most users a bit lukewarm on Microsoft's new OS upgrade, we have a feeling this service might have difficulty gaining traction.


    Isn't it just a re-branding of the Zune music pass?

      It is but it is also has ad-supported music streaming on everything for free. Well I assume it will require a gold subscription on Xbox, but I honestly think that is going the way of the dodo.

    While it's good that we're finally catching up to the US with these great features I wont be using it. I've got Spotify on my desktop, notebook and HTPC that have synchronous playlists that I can listen to anywhere. I'd probably use it on my iPhone too but I usually only use that for Podcasts these days. Still for those who don't use Spotify it'll be a great feature. Any word on you being able to listen to tunes in game?

    Does anyone know the make/model of the monitor pictured? I like the thin bezel.

      looks like a render to me rather than an actual device

      It's a LG LW950 I believe.

      Not worth your money though.

    Well I'll give it a bash when I get Windows 8 I guess. As with all online music options, it'll rise or fall for me based on its catalogue of metal.

      I have it on my Windows Phone and I must say it has a pretty good selection of metal.

    I'll use it on my windows phone, but that's it. I have no plans of upgrading to windows 8, and I've never once wanted to play music over a tv (what a waste of power!). So yeah. Couldn't care less. I suspect I'll stick to Spotify.

      I've thought for a while that they need to make a TV where you can essentially mute the picture, turn the display off entirely & just get the sound. It'd be handy for things like music & listening to tv as background noise when working

      I have my xbox hooked up to the home theatre in the lounge room, so although not technically listening to music on the tv, I do use the tv to listen to music. But yeah listening to music through a tv would be average at best.

    And Sony's Music Unlimited does this all ready and has done for a few month now

      And so has Zune for a very long time.

    Never understood the point of paying for music you can't keep.

    Seems so counter productive and frankly, a waste of money. That goes for all the music streaming services.

    Wouldn't it be smarter to make the music streaming free, and find other ways ot get money out of the userbase?

    Just seems overpriced for something I can get for free. I would only think about such a service for less than $5.

    Would rather by Albums from

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