Free Xbox Music Streaming Service on Windows 8.1 to be Discontinued

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

The free Xbox Music streaming service is a cool thing to have on your Windows 8.1-powered device, but it seems that Microsoft wants to put a stop on that, unfortunately. The service is said to close down in the beginning of December, this year.
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Unfortunately, the free Xbox Music streaming service on Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and on the Internet will be discontinued on December 1st, 2014, Microsoft has recently announced. However, if you’re using the Xbox Music Pass, you won’t be affected, as this change is meant to affect only those enjoying the free version.

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Microsoft only said this as the reason behind closing down the service:

“We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers. With Xbox Music Pass, you have access to millions of songs on your PC, tablet, Xbox, phone, and the web. Download music for offline listening and create playlists that automatically sync across all your devices.”

Also, all of the music you have purchased through Xbox Music will still be available on your Windows PC, tablet, and phone, so at least there’s some good news left. Also, here’s what happens to playlists, radio stations, or collections

You may continue to view any playlists or collections you created using the free streaming feature, but you can’t listen to the music in those playlists or collections unless you purchase the music or an Xbox Music Pass. If you have an Xbox Music Pass, you will still have access to all the music in your playlists, radio stations, collections, and catalog.

This is sad news and with this move, Microsoft is pushing away important customers that were interested in the free version and who perhaps didn’t have money to get the paid subscription.

READ ALSO: Microsoft Makes Xbox One Digital TV Tuner Available in Europe for €30

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