Microsoft Reveals Xbox Music, Music Streaming Service For Consoles, PCs, Tablets, And Phone

It may not be much of a surprise anymore, but Microsoft has just officially pulled back the curtains on their new Xbox Music service at their pre-E3 press conference at the Galen Center in California.

Details are pretty sparse for the time being, but Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi noted that the service will sport a library of over 30 million tracks. Despite the name, the service will stretch far beyond just the eponymous media-friendly console — according to him, it will also be available on Windows 8 PCs, tablets, and Windows Phones. Earlier reports pointed to the possibility that the service (called “Woodstock” at the time) would also encompass iOS and Android devices, though if that’s still the case, Microsoft remained awfully quiet about it.

Microsoft showed off the service on stage with a brief video, and the player itself looks as clean and Metro-ey as you might expect. Given the Xbox connection and all, there’s a social element at play here too — a list of friends runs down the left side of the 360 app, which points to the possibility of sharing tracks or at the very least seeing what they’re listening to.