Microsoft Readying Cross-Platform Streaming Music Service: Report

By Zach EpsteinBGR

Microsoft is reportedly preparing to unveil a new streaming music service at the annual E3 conference later this year.

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Citing unnamed sources, The Verge reports that the new streaming service will work across several platforms including Xbox, Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS and Android, accessible through a native app or a web browser.

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Code-named “Woodstock,” the service is reportedly comparable to Spotify, potentially allowing users to stream unlimited music. The service will also seemingly feature deep Facebook integration and a “scan and match” cloud locker feature similar to iTunes Match.

According to The Verge, the service will be part of a larger effort to shift away from Microsoft’s Zune brand.

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