After the success of music-streaming services such as Spotify, Microsoft look set to release their own in the very near future. The service, expected to be ready for the end of July, could be tied in with the Xbox 360.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Peter Bale, executive producer of MSN, stated: “Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music streaming service imminently. It will be a similar principle to Spotify but we are still examining how the business model will work.” He continued: “We are looking at how other similar businesses have structured their business models and trying to figure out what will work best for both consumer and Microsoft.”
Currently, Spotify offers free-streamed music accompanied with ad-support, or £9.99 a month without the adverts. A similar package looks set to be offered to users of its new service, when it launches. No details of how a partnership would work have yet to be revealed.