Last year, we saw quite a fiasco with companies clamoring to launch their respective streaming music services while still trying to negotiate agreements with the major record labels. With some of the chaos that took place last year, Microsoft appears to be taking a somewhat more structured approach with their upcoming Xbox music service.
Currently, sources close to Microsoft have indicated that the Redmond company is busy negotiating with the big record labels in an effort to secure contracts so that their music collections could be streamed through Xbox Music. It is the bigger players that Microsoft is said to be actively working with right now with the music labels including EMI, Vivend, Warner Music Group, UMG and Sony Music. If all goes according to plan and the negotiations go well, Microsoft is expected to launch their music service before the end of this year. Like some of the other services that are out there, the Xbox Music will not just be a means of streaming music, but it will also allow users to buy and download music content as well as provide an online storage locker. Xbox Music was announced at the beginning of June during the Electronic Entertainment Expo with the Redmond company looking to take a page out of the Spotify playbook by offering a similar type of subscription service along with the ability to buy music.