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News 06-04-12 04:20 PM

30 million-track Xbox Music service coming from Microsoft
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Xbox Music for the Xbox 360, Windows tablets, and phones was unveiled by Microsoft today in a short preview at E3.

With the Zune music brand being de-emphasized, the Xbox Music service seems poised to take center stage in Microsoft's music ambitions with its 30 million tracks, compared to 11 million in the Zune Music Marketplace. Microsoft promised Xbox Music for the Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and Windows 8, but Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg reports that the service will also run on iOS and Android. Support for anything other than Microsoft platforms was not announced publicly by Microsoft, however.

Xbox Music will be the "music service we have always dreamed of building," with great ways to share and discover new music, Microsoft marketing and strategy executive Yusuf Mehdi said at the E3 conference today.

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