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Microsoft’s Xbox Music service goes live tomorrow

Xbox and Windows platform holder Microsoft is to have another stab at competing with iTunes and Spotify in the digital music market. Tomorrow the firm will launch a new music service, Xbox Music. The big hook for Xbox Music is that is being specifically designed to work across many devices, …

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Microsoft ditches Zune hardware

It won’t be a shock to hear that Microsoft has admitted that it has ceased production of Zune hardware. The Zune brand will live on, however, as the face of much of Microsoft’s content sales service. It can still be found, for instance, on the Xbox dashboard as the branding …

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Time called on Zune hardware

Having never succeeded in standing toe-to-toe with Apple’s mighty iPad series, reports are claiming that Microsoft is ready to call an end to its Zune hardware business. However, it doesn’t mean the end of the Zune brand – that will continue to be leveraged as a mussy and movie sales …

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Xbox 360 gets unlimited music service

Microsoft has lifted the lid on an ambitious new digital content service for Xbox 360 that will grant users the right to download as much music as they like for a flat monthly fee. Called the Zune Pass, those who cough up the 8.99/€9.99 subscription will receive unlimited access to …

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XBL integrated in Windows Mobile 7

Xbox Live will be a fully integrated part of the next generation of Microsoft’s smartphone Windows OS, the platform holder has today revealed. The OS’s Xbox Live hub will include both playable XBL titles as well as Achievements and access to a user’s current gamer profile and avatar. However, simultaneous …

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Last.FM racks up 1m Xbox Live profiles

Approximately one million Last.FM profiles have been created through the new Xbox Live social media update. The number of gamers using the customisable online music service is considerably higher than the 500,000 originally announced by Microsoft last week, according to Game Informer. These users have streamed a combined 120 million …

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360 Twitter and Facebook is live

Facebook may be coming to PS3 in the near future, but the Xbox 360 integration of the famed social network is live and ready to use right now. Xbox 360 owners who turn on their machines now will suddenly find new entries for Facebook, Twitter and Last.FM – as well …

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Games flood Zune Marketplace

Its offering might not yet be quite broad enough to rival some of the more established players in the market, but Microsoft’s MP3player/iPodKiller/portableXbox multimedia device Zune has taken its first tentative steps into the games market with the arrival of a number of 3D games on its digital storefront. The …

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