Microsoft Expanding Xbox Music With Apps

Year-old service continues to integrate across platforms

Ron Wurzer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
September 9, 2013 1:05 PM ET

Last night Microsoft's Xbox Music service released apps for iOS and Android along with free streaming for the web application.

Almost a year old and claiming to feature 50 percent more music (30 million tracks) than both Spotify and Rdio, Xbox Music is aiming to integrate across different platforms. 

Microsoft Returns to Digital Music With Xbox Service

"A lot of people use multiple music services to get the songs and albums they want," said Jerry Johnson, General Manager of Xbox Music in a statement. "You’re listening to Pandora and bookmark a song you love. Later, you open Spotify and use your subscription to listen to the song over and over again on repeat. And then you use iTunes or Amazon to purchase the song for your own collection that wasn’t available for streaming."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

More Song Stories entries »