Microsoft takes on Spotify

Microsoft is launching a brand new music streaming service that will go up against the likes of Spotify and We7, and will be released through the company’s own MSN news and entertainment sites.

Most interestingly, the new system could be coming to Xbox 360, presumably through Xbox Live, and will therefore be clashing with Spotify all on formats.

‘Music is an important area for Microsoft,’ said MSN executive producer Peter Bale. ‘We are looking at launching a music streaming service imminently. It will be a similar principle to Spotify but we are still examining how the business model will work.

‘We are looking at how other similar businesses have structured their business models and trying to figure out what will work best for both consumer and Microsoft.’

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