- 10-15-2012, 02:06 PM #1
I never owned a Zune or an Xbox.
I buy my music from Amazon.com and also stream music from Slacker, Pandora, iHeartRadio, last.fm, TuneInRadio.
Since I've never used Zune Pass, Zune or Xbox, I really do not understand the hype about Xbox Music.
What does Xbox Music offer that is any better or different than the other things I mentioned? Why would I bother paying for an Xbox Music subscription when I can buy songs from Amazon.com and actually own them/install them wherever I want and stream music for free with the other services?
I am not bashing Xbox Music. I really just want more information.
How would Xbox Music benefit a person who does not own an Xbox and already has so many other choices for listening to music?
10-15-2012, 02:14 PM #2
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Its like Amazon music place, pandora and spotify wrapped into one. You can buy music, stream specific songs and pick a band or artist and it will play songs that are like it. And you dont need an xbox or xbox subscription to use it. It will work on windows 8/rt, xbox 360, wp8, ios, and android. You can also store them to skydrive and play them down from there.
I mean if your fine with pandora and such thats fine. But one of the big emphasises on it is you can have you bought music and streaming music all in one place instead of 3 differant services, like your doing now.
- 10-15-2012, 02:17 PM #3
So does that mean Xbox Music actually allows one to purchase DRM-free MP3s like Amazon.com?
If so, how much do songs cost compared to Amazon.com?
- 10-15-2012, 03:04 PM #5
Like the above poster mentioned, all the service in one store
* itunes match / amazon cloud / xbox music scan and store
- subscription services for local playing of music
There are some advantages to having all your music services under one brand. Just like the other services you can buy songs from XMusic.
What would make this service valuable is to having it work across all iOS devices, android devices as well as MS devices. So you will have effectively decoupled your music services from any platform. So I can buy music on my imaginary iPhone and pickup where i left off on my android tablet and still get access to it on my windows desktop
- 10-15-2012, 03:05 PM #6
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- 10-15-2012, 04:17 PM #10
That's why I use Amazon.com. I buy the song, not just stream it on a specific device. It's DRM free, so I can put it on any device or even physical media.
I can't see paying to stream music that I don't own. If I pay for it, I want to own it and be able to use it wherever I want, including on physical media.
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- 10-16-2012, 02:16 PM #14
If I hear something on the TV or playing when I'm out and about, I can't simply select that specific track in last.fm and play it there and then can I?
- 10-16-2012, 02:25 PM #15
I don't listen to a lot of music, but I have bought some music and movies from Amazon.
The movies from Amazon can come with a mobile file that can be loaded on up to two devices.Check out the great deals on Windows Phone Accessories: http://store.wpcentral.com
- 10-16-2012, 09:31 PM #20
I'll load a few files onto my phone through Zune but I can't see loading up my skydrive account since I am 3G and the ability to stream really isn't good enough for listening.
10-16-2012, 11:08 PM #21
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- 10-16-2012, 11:16 PM #22
In case you're interested, eMusic has "Boomtown". eMusic | Stimulating Curious Musical Minds | eMusic
I used to subscribe to eMusic, but it was not a streaming service. It is for actually downloading music that you then own. It had a lot of indie music at one time, but it now has a lot of mainstream stuff too.
I canceled my subscription, since I was no longer finding enough songs I wanted to buy every month.