Xbox Music to offer on-demand music free on tablet

Associated Press Modified: October 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm •  Published: October 15, 2012

On PCs running Windows 8, Xbox Music will match Spotify's offer of free track selection and playback.

In a demonstration on Friday, Xbox Music General Manager Jerry Johnson showed how one's playlists are saved online and can be accessed when switching between the service on the Xbox 360 game console, a Windows Phone and a Windows 8 tablet.

Each iteration looked similar and had a clean interface with sharply detailed cover art. Xbox Music will be the default music player on all new Windows 8 devices, which will be available upon the launch of the new operating system on Oct. 26.

Current users of the Xbox — about 66 million worldwide — will gradually be introduced to the service with a 30-day free trial starting Tuesday.