There are so many music apps for the iPhone, and Microsoft has just thrown their version into the pile. Xbox Music has been around for a year now, but has finally come to the iPhone as a free app. That “free” designation comes with a caveat, as you need to pay a $9.99 monthly subscription to access music on mobile. It’s similar to Spotify and Rdio in that regard. There is a 30 day free trial, and the subscription gives you ad-free music to stream from a catalog of tens of millions of songs. The feature set is awfully familiar as you can listen to artist based radio stations, and add songs, albums, and playlists to your music collection with on-demand listening options as well. The app also syncs your music collection across devices.
In all honesty, Xbox Music is Microsoft’s version of Spotify with very similar features, user interface, design elements, and pricing structure. It’s worth noting that you can’t access Xbox Music without the subscription, but there is the 30 day free trial that continues automatically unless you cancel. The service is also iPhone only at the moment, and while it runs on the iPad, it’s not made for the larger screen. Xbox Music (Free, iPhone) is simply another choice for music streaming that offers more of the same, but with big brand backing.