By Leo Stevenson
Starting from today in the United States (Australia has to wait until the official launch of Windows 8 on 26 October), Xbox Live users can take advantage of Xbox Music, the replacement for Zune. Providing access to 30 million songs on your Windows 8 PC, tablet, mobile and Xbox 360 Xbox Music acts in a similar way to Spotify.
For the first six months of the service streaming music will be free, at least for Windows 8 PC's, however to stream to other devices, you'll have to purchase an Xbox Music pass. For $11.95 per month and will provide ad-free streaming to all of your eligible devices. It includes cloud storage, cloud stored playlists, unlimited skipping, "Smart DJ" (artist based radio) and the ability to share playlists with family and friends.
Perhaps in an oversight, it appears that you will be unable to use Xbox Music to provide custom soundtracks in Xbox 360 games. Why this feature was not included in unclear, but it seems like a no-brainer. I personally subscribe to "Spotify" and the addition of custom soundtracks for games through Xbox Music would make me consider switching, but without that service I'm not sure it's for me.
Will any Steviants be signing up for Xbox Music come 26 October?