Microsoft Axes Xbox Music’s Free Streaming
Microsoft has announced that it will no longer be supporting the free version of its music-streaming app on Xbox consoles.
In an FAQ on its official website, Xbox declared that its Xbox Music app will no longer be offering its free streaming model. Microsoft will be focusing on optimizing its subscription and purchased-based versions of the app from now on. The Xbox Music Pass will allow subscribers to have access to millions of songs shared across their PCs, tablets, Xbox systems and smartphones -- there will be no changes made to the Xbox Music Pass for its subscribers. Also, songs previously purchased and downloaded through Xbox Music will still be available. Outside MP3 files manually added to Xbox Music apps will also remain unchanged.
The biggest change to the program would be for users of the free version of the app. Users can't listen to music in their playlists and collections they created using the free-streaming feature unless they purchased a Music Pass or each individual song.