The pricing for Microsoft’s new Xbox Music service has emerged, starting at £8.99 a month.
There will be a Spotify-like ad-supported free streaming feature and a “scan and match” locker option, which finds songs held in your library and enables you to play the same tracks elsewhere from a cloud-based storage system (similar to iTunes Match).
Unlimited streaming will be offered for £8.99 a month, which is the same as the old Zune Pass that the service replaces. This slightly undercuts Spotify’s full Premium £9.99p/m service. However, in the US, a monthly music pass will reportedly cost $9.99. A quick currency conversion for that comes out at about £6, so as usual, the US is getting a better deal.
To use the music service on the Xbox you’ll also need an Xbox Live Gold subscription. A beta version of the updated Xbox dashboard will let people test out the new interface. A Windows 8 music app for the service is in the works too.
There will be a free trial period and a full 12-month upfront option of £89.90 (or $99.90), which works out at £7.49 per month (or about $8.33 across the pond).
The Verge reports that the NeoGAF forum has a few more details about Microsoft’s plans, including a possible unified music and video subscription service, and the ability to save and sync playlists across devices.
The new service is expected to launch officially along with Windows 8 and the Surface tablets on 26 October.
Via The Verge