Xbox Music gets web player while local launch remains a mystery

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Microsoft today made available the web-based player for Xbox Music, its music streaming service that started life on the Xbox console.

Those who have an Xbox Music subscription will be able to log in at and access the same content, including saved playlists, as they have on their console, Windows 8 PC, and Windows Phone devices.

The web player brings Xbox music to machines that don’t run Windows 8, which is the only operating system to get a native Xbox Music app. There’s also speculation that Microsoft might bring iOS and Android apps to the fore.

All of which is moot, here in sunny South Africa. Though it was mentioned last year that Microsoft will launch Xbox Music in SA, we’ve not seen anything surface since then. In the meantime Deezer, Simfy, Rara, and Nokia Music are gaining traction – there’s clearly a market for people who want to pay a monthly subscription for unlimited music. A service that will offer seamless functionality with the Xbox ecosystem would be even more appreciated.

A Microsoft SA spokesperson said that there’s no official information to offer at this time, with regards to the availability of Xbox Music in South Africa.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.