The service, currently called “Woodstock,” is coming to E3 2012, according to the Verge
Zune died this year, but Microsoft could have a replacement music service for the Xbox
When Microsoft announced we would be getting media apps such as YouTube and the BBC iPlayer on the Xbox 360, it was exciting: YouTube was easily available on the big screen, and the iPlayer allowed programs to be watched away from a small laptop screen. It’s a shame, then, they’re complete garbage and regularly implode on themselves.
The new music codename service to “Woodstock,” and represents a shift away from the now dead Zune towards the Xbox (and something that will undoubtedly grow next generation). The music service will also be cross-platform between Windows 8, Android, iOS and the Xbox. The service is also playable from the browser, like other music services such as Last.fm.
What’s interesting is the service won’t be Microsoft-only, launching on its biggest rivals’ devices: Android, iPhones and iPads. Perhaps Microsoft is convinced the service is good enough to convince users to switch over, or thinks the large Xbox 360 install base will push the service forward.
The service has been described as Spotify-esque according to previous rumors, and will integrate into Facebook. Friends will be able to build group playlists and share tracks. Spotify offers to ability to share songs and playlists through Facebook, but user can only subscribe to friends’ playlists.
Scan for tracks in Metro
There will also be a service similar to iTunes Match, apparently, which allows users to identify identify an existing music collection. For a fee, iTunes Match lets users scan and match tracks in their iTunes library – include those imported from CDs – with those in the iTunes Store. Users have the option to replace the song, or keep their version.
The service is expected to launch later this year on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. Perhaps Microsoft will launch on iOS and Android after then, to ensure to the focus is on its products first.
Microsoft has said no next-gen Xbox reveal is coming this year, so this appears to fill the gap. There are also some pretty decent games coming this such as, you know, Halo 4 and Assassin’s Creed 3.
Zune Pass subscribers might migrate to the service.