Microsoft has released its Xbox Music streaming app for iOS and Android. The move comes just ahead of the expected introduction of Apple’s iTunes Radio service on iOS 7.
With Xbox Music for iOS, Microsoft is looking to attract users to its Xbox Music Pass subscription service by offering six months of ad-free streaming, including access to content from a Web client and other devices.
An Xbox Music Pass is required to use the new app, which features the following:
- Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs
- Add songs, albums, and playlists to your Xbox Music collection and access them from other devices
- Create playlists that sync across your phone, Xbox 360, PC, tablet, and the web
- Listen to music while using your iPhone
- Listen to artist-based radio stations
- Enjoy a rich visual experience for searching, viewing, and playing back music
While the app does not currently offer offline listening, Microsoft says the feature will come as part of a future update.
Apple is expected to release its own internet radio service, iTunes Radio, with the release of iOS 7. The service will use the vast iTunes library of content, will be ad-supported, and is expected to be available on iOS, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.
Xbox Music is available for iOS devices FREE in the App Store. [DIRECT LINK]