Microsoft makes Xbox Music available for iOS and Android

There have long been complaints that Xbox Music has been exclusive to only Microsoft platforms and today the company has answered some users’ prayers. Microsoft made available Xbox Music apps for iOS and Android today, as well as making their web player free for all.


You can download the app from here right now for iOS and at some point tomorrow the Android application will be available as well, according to Engadget.

You’ll need an active Xbox Music subscription to be able to use the app at all,¬†but it allows you to listen to music in the background and sync all your music and playlists between your other Windows devices, so it’s nice to see Microsoft catering for almost everyone!

Right now, it’s not possible to download music for use offline, so if you want to use this app you’ll need to be on WiFi or 3G to listen to any music, but Microsoft does say in the listing that they’ll be fixing this with an update “in the coming months” for both platforms.

According to The Verge the applications are only the beginning, with Microsoft planning to add social to the apps such as the ability to see what others are listening and love or hate tracks.

That’s “a bigger priority down the road” according to Microsoft and in the meantime they just wanted to make Xbox Music available to the masses. “Down the road” might not be far off, though, with Xbox Music general manager Jerry Johnson saying that the company plans on updating the apps “every four to six weeks.”

In addition to the applications being available, the company also announced that their streaming service on the web has gone free for the next six months. It looks like Microsoft is serious about taking on Spotify and this is clearly their way of showing it.