Microsoft has today launched Xbox Music on Android and iOS almost a year after the music streaming service made its debut alongside Windows 8. The apps allow subscribers to stream tens of millions of songs straight to their mobile devices, and create playlists that sync across your smartphone, tablet, PC, and Xbox 360.
Microsoft has also updated its Xbox Music web app to offer free, ad-supported streaming for all.
With the Xbox Music apps for Android and iOS, you can enjoy your subscription even when you’re away from your PC and Xbox 360. Simply sign in with your existing account and you’ll be able to stream the same catalog of music you’re used to seeing on Xbox Music.
You can also use the apps to add songs, albums, and playlists to your music collection, and to create new playlists that will automatically be made available on all of your other devices. There’s also a nice feature that’ll let you listen to artist-based radio stations and discover new music you may not have stumbled across.
You won’t find the option to download music for offline listening, however, but Microsoft promises that this will be made available in a future update.
Both apps follow Microsoft’s Windows design language, so they’d probably be a better fit on Windows Phone, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. They’re clean and simple and they look good. They’re also free to download, but of course, you’ll need an Xbox Music Pass priced at $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year to use them.
If you’d like to try the service before you sign up, you can do so for 30 days, or you can enjoy a limited, ad-supported Xbox Music for free on the web. The new apps are available to download now from the App Store and Google Play.