Xbox One version of Xbox Music will be not free to gold subscribers [Update]

Wednesday, 6th November 2013 11:04 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox Music will be not be free to Xbox Live gold subscribers on Xbox One, as previously announced by Microsoft’s Albert Penello.

According to Penello, he was mistaken regarding the service, and has since taken to Twitter to clarify the issue.

“I was wrong about Music on Xbox One: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. Sorry,” he tweeted.

Earlier today it was thought that ad-supported Xbox Music streaming would be supported on the console for XBL Members, similar to Pandora.

The original story is as follows.


Speaking with a fan on Twitter, Penello had this to say about the Xbox One music service:

It mean that Xbox Live Gold members will be able to use the service free of charge, but like the free edition of services like Spotify you’ll have to listen to adverts every so often unless you pay for a premium account.

Is Xbox Music a service you use? Let us know below.

Via OXM.



  1. Hcw87

    How is the selection compared to Spotify?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. KineticCalvaria

    Great move by Microsoft.

    Only wish Sony would take note and include video and music unlimited in one subscription. I’d love to pay maybe £50-60 a year for one sub that covers everything.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. TheBlackHole

    Awesome. That’s a great call by MS.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. ninjanutta

    whats the point? isnt music free anyway from interwebs? LOL

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Hcw87

    Yes Spotify isn’t popular at all, even though music is free on youtube, right?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. KineticCalvaria

    @4, some of us like to support the artists who make the music, ya know by actually paying them.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Lv01

    @6 +1

    #7 1 year ago
  8. DrDamn

    I think this matches the web interface anyway, so you could test out the selection there.


    They do need to make the app run properly in the background and not have to snap when playing a game though.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. noamlol2

    i wonder what they mean by “periodic Ads”

    edit: “but like the free edition of services like Spotify you’ll have to listen to adverts every so often unless you pay for a premium”

    what a scam! offering the “free” crappy versions
    microsoft is surely digging their own grave

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Lloytron

    @9 Tampax adverts every 28 days

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Cobra951

    Free is the only way I’ll ever use passive media on a console. That stuff is too easy to obtain across many other devices for me to bother paying for it on a console.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. FreeZZa

    Not that I’ll ever use it but it sounds good. Pun not intended.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. edragon

    LMAO! And I though that it is really free for gold users. But no some idiot reading something and starting rumors. Yes this FREE is already confirmed months ago by MICROSOFT! But it’s limited. it comes withd AD’s and LIMITED TIME!!!!! <—– LIMITED TIME! Xbox Music ALREADY is free for everyone, go and check!

    I hate when people making up new rumors.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Virginityrocks

    How the hell can you call something free if you have to pay to use it? It’s not free at all.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. edragon

    Virgin you dont need to pay go & check:

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Pytox

    @2 there is vidzone or whatever it’s called on ps

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Eregol

    Just been confirmed as untrue by Penello. Turns out he was mistaken.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Stephany Nunneley

    Not true after all. Post updated. – well nvm just saw @17. :/

    #18 1 year ago
  19. DSB

    Oh boy… It just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Super Girevik

    Someone should defenestrate Penello.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. gomersoul

    Excellent pr from Microsoft again. Left hand doesn’t know what the right is doing.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. The_Red

    MS is way beyond that. In case of them, the left hand doesn’t know a right hand even exists, let alone thinks for itself.

    #22 1 year ago

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