Microsoft: New music service on Xbox Live? - Los Angeles Times

Microsoft: New music service on Xbox Live? - #ssorNavHeader {background-color:transparent !important; color:#000; height: 23px !important; zoom:1;}div#classBarNav #ssorNavSignIn, div#classBarNav #ssorNavSignIn a, div#classBarNav #ssorNavSignIn span {color:#000;}#ssorMiniModal {background-color:#fff !important; border:1px solid #000; padding:3px 3px 3px 10px;}#ssorNavSignIn.loggedIn .userName {background:url("") no-repeat 0 2px;}#ssorNavSignIn.loggedIn #ssorNavHeader {padding-top:0px !important;} body {background-color:#ffffff !important;}ul#root li.navLink a {padding-top:17px; padding-right:4px; padding-bottom:16px; padding-left: 5px;} xd.configure({ '':{ sender : '', receiver : '/common/xd_receiver.html' }, '':{ sender : '', receiver : '/common/xd_receiver.html' } }); carnival.init({"hostname":"","apiKey":"","product":"lanews", "xd":"1", "activateMessages":"true", "ssorNavBackgroundColor":"#000000", "ssorModalTextColor":"", "skipNewsletters":"0" , "captchaType" : "reCaptcha", "ssorSignInLinkUrl":"", "ssorSignUpLinkUrl":"", "originHost":"" }); jQuery( function(){ var a = new memberNav( '#memberLoginInfo' ,null, function(){ var backgroundColor = carnival.configuration( 'ssorNavBackgroundColor' ) || ""; var navLocation = jQuery( '#memberLoginInfo' ); navLocation.html(''); var navLocation = jQuery( '#memberLoginInfo' ); navLocation.html(''); var navTemplate = ''+ ''+ 'Sign In'+ ' or '+ 'Sign Up'+ ''+ ''; navLocation.append( navTemplate ); if( backgroundColor ){ jQuery( '#ssorNavHeader' ).css( 'background-color', backgroundColor ); } carnival.utils.changeTextColor(); jQuery('#signInLink').click(function(){ //carnival.modal.popit launches the modal window - 'this' allows the element href target to be passed into the modal by the method return carnival.modal.popit(this); }); jQuery("#signUpLink").click( function(){"registration"); }); }).writeNav(); }); registration.manager.config.initialize({ productCode: "lanews", brandingSiteName: "", registrationHostname: "" }); jQuery.ajax({ url: '//' + (location.protocol=='https:' ? 's' : 'www') + '', dataType: 'script', cache: true, success: function() { trb.meteringService.modalCloseUrl = ''; } }); Membership Services Place Ad LAT Store Jobs Cars Real Estate Rentals Classifieds Custom Publishing Business HOME LOCAL L.A. Now Politics Crime Education O.C. Westside Neighborhoods Environment Obituaries U.S. Politics Nation Now Politics Now Top of the Ticket Science & Environment Obituaries Religion WORLD World Now Afghanistan war Africa Americas Asia Europe Middle East Business Money & Co. Technology Personal Finance Small Business Company Town Jobs Real Estate Cars SPORTS Sports Now Lakers Clippers Dodgers Angels NFL Ducks/Kings NCAA USC UCLA Preps Scores ENTERTAINMENT Movies Television Music Celebrity Arts & Culture Industry Awards Calendar Health Booster Shots Medicine Fitness & Nutrition Mental Health Health Reform Cancer Heart Health Living Home Food Image Books Parenting Magazine Reader Photos Summer Guide Travel California Hawaii Mexico Las Vegas Europe Asia Australia Travel & Deal Blog Opinion Editorials Op-Ed Letters Opinion L.A. Reader's Rep Deals Daily Deals LAT Store Sports Gear Travel Offers & Deals Legal Notices Mobile Site Subscribe / Manage Account Print Ads Place an Ad LAT Store Jobs Cars Real Estate Rentals More Classifieds Weekly Ad#inTheNews {min-height:20px;} Advanced Search Advanced Search X include all of these words: include any of these words: include this exact phrase: exclude: Select a date range this week past 30 days past 3 months past year Create a custom date range From: To: Entertainment Industryp.content-nav { margin:-15px 0px 15px 0px; }#commentsArchive { display: none; visibility: hidden; }#archiveShow, #fbShow { cursor:pointer; }« Previous |Company Town Home

Microsoft: New music service on Xbox Live?div.social_count_container {height:20px; margin-top:0px;}.comment_button_container {margin-right:10px;}.comment_button {margin-top: 0px;width: 81px;height: 22px;cursor: pointer;background: url("") no-repeat scroll left bottom transparent;}.tweet_container {margin-right:0px; min-width:90px;}.plus_1_container {margin-left:20px;}.social_count_center {float: left;height: 22px;min-width: 15px;max-width:25px;padding-top: 4px;padding-right: 3px;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-size: 11px;text-align: center;background: transparent url('') repeat-x left top;}.social_count_left {float: left; width: 9px; height: 22px;background: transparent url('') no-repeat left top;}.social_count_right {float: left;height: 22px;width: 5px;background: transparent url('') no-repeat left top;}April 25, 2012 | 11:58amincrease text sizedecrease text size

Zune Pass

Microsoft Corp. is reportedly rehearsing for the launch of a new digital music service for its Xbox Live platform and elsewhere that could be announced at E3, set to take place in Los Angeles in June. 

The possibility, first reported in The Verge, would replace the Zune Music Pass service that Microsoft currently offers in favor of a more versatile service that would be available on more devices and platforms, including Facebook.

A Microsoft spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment. 

Microsoft has worked hard in recent years to beef up Xbox Live, an online entertainment marketplace accessable via the Xbox 360 game console. The Redmond, Wash., technology giant has been adding movies, television shows and live sports events via agreements with Netflix, Comcast, ESPN and others.

But music has also quietly gained momentum on the platform. Earlier this week, the company forged a deal with Epitaph Records to stream an upcoming album from a Los Angeles punk band, Pennywise. Microsoft also offers on Xbox Live.

Last month the Microsoft said that for the first time since the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, time spent watching videos and listening to music on Xbox Live eclipsed the amount spent playing online games. More than 20 million people pay for the premium Xbox Live service, out of more than 66 million Xbox 360 consoles sold.


Hulu surpasses 15 million subscribers

Spotify extends free, unlimited service in the U.S. But why?

Xbox Live now used more for online entertainment than online games

Screenshot of Zune Pass music subscription service courtesy of Microsoft.

— Alex Pham



Twitter: @latcompanytownFacebook: L.A. Times EntertainmentMore in: Microsoft, Music, Xboxincrease text sizedecrease text size  Comments () | Archives (0) var countNum = 0;if (countNum == 0) {jQuery("#archiveShow").css({'display' : 'none', 'visibility' : 'hidden'});jQuery("#commentsDivider").css({'display' : 'none', 'visibility' : 'hidden'});};jQuery('#fbShow').click(function () {jQuery('#commentsArchive').css({'display' : 'none', 'visibility' : 'hidden'});jQuery('#fbComments').css({'display' : 'block', 'visibility' : 'visible'}); });jQuery('#archiveShow').click(function () {jQuery('#fbComments').css({'display' : 'none', 'visibility' : 'hidden'});jQuery('#commentsArchive').css({'display' : 'block', 'visibility' : 'visible'}); });/*jQuery('#fbShow').css('color' , 'white');jQuery('#archiveShow').css('color' , '#666666');*/
AdvertisementRecommended on Facebook
In Case You Missed It...Most ViewedMost EmailedThe Latest
Top Film Locations » Photos: L.A.’s busiest filming sites

Video Stay connected:

#flRoll{width:auto; padding-bottom:15px; border:0px solid #ddd;margin-left:0px;border:none;}.flHeading {font-size:23px;margin-bottom:15px; }.flHeader {font-size:16px; font-weight:bold; margin-top:15px; text-transform:uppercase; }.flItem{font-size:12px;padding-top:0px; }.boxBorder { border:2px solid #ddd; padding:10px; margin-bottom:10px; }.dottedLine { border-bottom:2px dotted #ddd; clear:both;}#flRoll img {float:left;}More Times Movies Coverage
About the ReportersDawn C. Chmielewski
Claudia Eller
Joe Flint
Ben Fritz
John Horn
Meg James
Alex Pham
Richard Verrier
Recent NewsMicrosoft: New music service on Xbox Live? | April 25, 2012, 11:58 am »Keanu Reeves' '47 Ronin' delayed until 2013 | April 25, 2012, 10:42 am »The Morning Fix: China syndrome! Rupert takes the stand. | April 25, 2012, 7:25 am »AOL launches network of lifestyle video channels | April 25, 2012, 7:11 am »Fox distribution president Bruce Snyder to retire | April 24, 2012, 5:38 pm »
CategoriesBox OfficeCable TVDigital EntertainmentFCCGamesLaborMovie TheatersMoviesMPAAMusicNATOOn LocationOnline VideoReel ChinaCompaniesABCAEGCBSComcastDisneyESPNFoxLive NationNBCNetflixParamountSonyTime WarnerTime Warner CableUniversalUnivisionViacomWarner Bros.

In Case You Missed It... Corrections Horoscopes Media Kit About Us Contact Us Site MapBurbank Leader | Coastline Pilot | Daily Pilot |Huntington Beach Independent | Pasadena Sun | Valley Sun | News Press |KTLA |Hoy | Los Angeles Times Magazine Baltimore Sun |Chicago Tribune |Daily Press |Hartford Courant |LA Times |Orlando Sentinel |Sun Sentinel |The Morning Call

Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Los Angeles Times, 202 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, California, 90012 | Copyright 2012

A Tribune Web site