Xbox Music is coming to SA

Microsoft SA has confirmed that the full Xbox Music service will be launching in SA within the next eight weeks.  This is according to the company’s SA MD, Mteto Nyati via Tech Central.

Due to Microsoft still needing to finalise licensing agreements with local record companies and artists, it was not possible for the service to launch with Windows 8 last Friday.  However, the service is expected to launch in SA before the end of the calendar year, and will allow buyers to stream, and purchase and download music.

The Xbox Music service is not restricted to the Xbox 360 but will be available for all Windows PCs and tablets, as well as Windows Phone 8 devices.

Local pricing has not been revealed.

Reports say the service will also be available via iOS and Android applications, though it’s not clear when these apps will be available in the Apple and Google app marketplaces.

Internationally, Microsoft offers both a subscription version of Xbox Music as well as a free, advertising-supported version. The subscription option costs US$9,99/month or $99,99/year in the US and offers access to more than 30m songs.

Nyati won’t say whether television show and movie rentals are likely to be launched in SA, too. However, he says: “My job is to put pressure on the company to make all of these things available in SA. Right now, we’re excited about Xbox Music.”

Meanwhile, Nyati has scuppered market speculation that Microsoft SA is about to put out a tender seeking local distributors for the company’s new Windows RT and Windows 8 Surface tablets. He says the company will only sell the Surface tablets through Microsoft’s own stores.

“When we have a store rolled out in SA, we will have those things,” Nyati says, adding that it’s not yet confirmed whether SA will get a Microsoft Store. For now, most of Microsoft’s retail outlets are located in the US and Canada.

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