Help us end the fiscal year strong. Donate by June 30. Give Now
Codebreaker

Xbox Music: Can Microsoft compete with other ecosystems?

Molly Wood Oct 16, 2012

Just ahead of the big release of the new Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft is launching something called Xbox Music, initially for the Xbox gaming console.

While you can still buy music by the song, Apple-style, there are other options, like one that lets you pay about $10 a month to listen on-demand to lots of music without ads. All this in a video game machine?

“An important messaging change over the last year was increasingly positioning the Xbox not as a gaming console but as a media hub for consumers,” said Michael McGuire, who follows the digital music business for Gartner Research.

Microsoft has a checkered past trying to go after iTunes. You may remember Zune taking the world by storm and vanquishing iTunes for good? Oh, you don’t?

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.