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Gold subscribers only get 15 free music streams via Xbox Music on the Xbox One

UPDATE: Albert Penello has recently clarified that he was mistaken on the Xbox Music update, and reveals that Gold subscribers will only get 15 free plays and that ad-supported streaming will not be available. After the initial 15 free streams, users will need to upgrade to a premium account to continue.

Microsoft’s Albert Penello has recently confirmed that Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers will be able to stream music via the Xbox Music service for free on the Xbox One.

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Albert Penello, Microsoft’s Director of Product Planning, has been the go-to guy for answers on the Xbox One. Penello’s insight and knowledge on the console itself has been tapped to reveal many different concepts and features, and once again he’s delivered a snippet of news that benefits Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers who opt in for Microsoft’s next-gen console.

According to a recent Tweet, Penello confirmed that Gold subscribers won’t have to shell out extra dough for a separate subscription to Xbox Music–as is the case for Xbox 360 owners–but will in fact be given rights to stream content via the company’s premium music service for free.

But there’s a catch: advertisements will be featured “periodically” throughout, although this isn’t surprising as just about any free streaming service is riddled with ads.

To get rid of the ads, users will still need to pick up a premium account, but if you don’t mind a few interruptions here and there it shouldn’t be too much of a bother.

This might be a hit at Sony’s recent revelation that the PS4 lacks mp3 or CD playback support, and instead relies on Sony’s own streaming service Music Unlimited.

Microsoft has recently announced that the Xbox One offers CD and mp3 playback, as well as DLNA media streaming via home networks, and the inclusion of Xbox Music further adds more allure to music-lovers.

While music and media streaming is definitely a convenient feature, most gamers purchase a console to play games, however Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has recently hinted that the Japanese console-maker may address the PS4’s lack of media streaming/playback features in the future.

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox One console launches on Nov. 22 across multiple regions for a price point of $499. For more information be sure to check our recent coverage or visit the Xbox Wire.


Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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