If you are a fan of Microsoft you would have enjoyed the free Xbox Music service that they have been offering since October 2012. However, so far there has been a free streaming option on the service that will cease to exist in the future.
Microsoft has announced that they will be retiring the free streaming option for the users which means the only way you can continue to benefit from their music service is to pay for it:
Effective December 1, 2014, the free Xbox Music streaming feature currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet will be discontinued in all countries where it is offered.
The reason why they have cancelled the free streaming service is because they think it is time for them to move to a subscription only service for which you will require the Music Pass.
While you can get the pass here, they are also offering a 30 day trail to everyone who signs up just so they know what they are buying.
Everyone who already has the Music Pass doesn’t need to worry about the changes; also if you have purchased any songs previously, they will not be affected by the incoming changes.
Naturally it has nothing to do with the MP3 files you have added to the Xbox Music collection yourself too.
If you are interested, the Xbox Music subscription is going to cost you $9.99 per month where you will get special features like device syncing and ad free streaming among the basic features of the service.
Is it the right move to end the free streaming of Xbox Music?