The Xbox 360 is one of the bestselling game consoles in history. It has successfully become the living room companion it is today by transforming itself from a one-trick console into an all-inclusive streaming media set-top box. No longer do you need a beefed-up stereo system or high-priced Blu-ray player to dial premium entertainment into your home—you can simply use the Xbox 360 and a few subscriptions to your favorite services.
Those service offerings include Microsoft's Xbox Music pass for $9.99 a month, a re-imagined version of the company’s Zune brand that allows you to stream millions of songs to a PC, Xbox, or Windows Phone. Up until recently, Xbox Music was one of the only music streaming services available to Xbox 360 users, but that has changed now: Rhapsody has also entered the scene. The third-party service offers some of the same features as Xbox Music, but it's free with an Xbox Live Gold subscription or $9.99 for users who wish to utilize the service on other devices.
Xbox Music and Rhapsody are the only two streaming music services currently available that actually allow you to curate your own music libraries and playlists. We're going to take a look at both to see if they're worth the monthly commitment.