Xbox Music will no longer offer free streaming

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:50 GMT

Microsoft has announced that the free, ad-supported streaming option of Xbox Music will cease to exist by December 1.


Moving forward, only the subscription-based option will be available. Called Music Pass, this option costs £8.99 ($9.99) monthly and allows unlimited music streaming on any Microsoft device, offline listening on PCs, tablets and phones.

The FAQ page has been updated to reflect the changes.

“We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers,” read the post.

Microsoft added that any music you have purchased before will will be available on PCs, tablets and phones. In addition, playlists created previously will be viewable to those without a subscription, but will require you to either subscribe or own the songs within it to play it.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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