If you’re interested in streaming music on your Xbox One, then the latest news that streaming will be free and ad-supported on the Xbox Music app will likely be music to your ears (pun intended).
The announcement was made by Microsoft’s head of product planning Albert Penello, who took to Twitter to respond to a user’s question as to whether or not the policy of needing an Xbox Music pass to listen to music on the Xbox would remain with the next-gen console.
@Artemis_Rojo yes. You don’t have to subscribe, but you will get periodic Ads.
– Albert Penello (@albertpenello) November 4, 2013
Of course listening to free music on the Xbox Music app isn’t anything new, in fact if you use Windows 8.1 or access it in the browser you’ll find you’ll already be receiving ad-supported music for absolutely nothing, but this is certainly a break from tradition with the Xbox 360 app requiring an Xbox Music pass.
Update: Looks like this isn’t going to be the case after all, with Xbox One owners only getting 15 free songs without a subscription, or a 30-day free trial. So it looks like the policy is going to remain in place for the Xbox One.
I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. Sorry!
– Albert Penello (@albertpenello) November 6, 2013