Xbox Music Service Pricing Leaks, Similar But Worse Than Spotify
Microsoft apparently didn’t learn too terribly much from the whole Zune fiasco, as the leaked pricing plans for their Xbox Music service aren’t exactly competitive. It looks like a month of the unreleased service will cost a cool $9.99 in the United States, with a slight discount if users purchase a year worth. That’s the same amount one might pay to Spotify for a Premium membership, which is honestly a better deal. Maybe they just think Xbox 360 users aren’t aware of this fact?
According to a post on NeoGAF, Microsoft’s offering will also be supported by ads on top of requiring a subscription. If this whole thing runs behind Xbox Live Gold, then it means that users will need a subscription to Xbox Live, Xbox Music, and will see advertisements on both the dashboard and within the Xbox Music application regardless. That’s a sure way to engender positive user engagement.
On the plus side, there’s a free trial. So, at least they have that.