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  1. Business Matters: Microsoft's Music Announcements Underwhelm But Deserve Attention

    June 26, 2013 8:44 PM EDT On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a radio feature for Xbox Music and an interesting music feature that creates a playlist based on the contents of a web page. But a Microsoft event just doesn't capture attention like an Apple event. Microsof ...

  2. Xbox One Price Tag at E3 Triggers Stock Market Stir

    June 10, 2013 9:56 PM EDT Microsoft Corp. on Monday said it’s next-generation Xbox One video game console will go on sale in November at $499, above what many analysts had predicted. The price point, announced at the company’s press conference in Los Angeles on the openi ...

  3. Microsoft Presses Play on New Xbox Music Service

    October 15, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is taking on Spotify -- as well as the rest of the streaming music market. The technology giant on Monday is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an all-in-one music experience ...

  4. Microsoft Announces Xbox Music At E3

    June 04, 2012 1:44 PM EDT Goodbye Zune, and hello Xbox Music. Microsoft previewed its new music service at the annual E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Monday, effectively announcing the next chapter in Microsoft's six-year-plus quest to create a viable ...

  5. Vevo, iHeartRadio Among New Partners for Microsoft's Xbox Live

    October 05, 2011 2:08 PM EDT Music companies and other TV and entertainment companies are the newest partners of Microsoft's Xbox Live entertainment service for the Xbox 360 gaming platform. The new services will launch with Xbox this holiday season. Nearly 40 companies ...

  6. Microsoft Woos Advertisers With 'NUads,' New Interactive Commercials

    June 22, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Microsoft showcased new interactive features for its Kinect for Xbox 360 hardware at E3 this month, including the ability for gamers to speak directly to in-game characters in Electronic Arts' Mass Effect 3 game and the ability to customize v ...

  7. The Zune Really Died A Year Ago

    March 14, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Bloomberg reports that Microsoft has decided to end production of the Zune, the device it created to support its music service of the same name. But the death of the Zune really began more than a year ago when Microsoft first announced its plans f ...

  8. Microsoft To Self: Why Aren't Xbox Owners Paying For Zune Music Service?

    February 25, 2011 12:20 PM EST Despite the popularity of Microsoft's Xbox games, its users are taking a pass on its Zune Pass Subscription services have one a big problem. It's not Apple's 30% cut of in-app subscription revenue. It's not the friction created ...

  9. @CES 2011: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Keynote Address Focuses on Kinect, Mobile Apps. Tablets Take Backseat

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer led off his CES keynote tonight with a little bit of gaming and a little bit of mobile, touting impressive momentum for two of the company's larger initiatives of the last year. On the gaming side, Ballmer proudly ...

  10. Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Rollout Plans

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft today unveiled the rollout plans for its long-promised smartphone platform Windows Phone 7. There will be nine different phone models featuring the software for sale starting Nov. 8. Participating manufacturers include LG, Samsung, HTC a ...

  11. Slacker, iheartradio Among Windows Phone 7 Supported Apps

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If you think that the new Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform will only feature Microsoft’s Zune digital music service, think again. During a lunch meeting, PR manager Brian Seitz showed off a model of the upcoming phone that featured a number of ...

  12. Former Sony Chief's Startup Launches Social Content Player

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT IMHO, the early-stage company led by Don Ienner, unveiled a new social media-based content player on Wednesday. Ienner is the former chairman and CEO of Sony Music Label Group and Columbia Records. He is also a board member of OurStage. The player ...

  13. Digital Briefs: Microsoft, Xbox Live, iPhone

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Microsoft will add a special section to its Xbox Live Marketplace dedicated exclusively to the purchase of downloadable music for such music-based games as "Rock Band," "Guitar Hero," and other rhythm-based titles. Gamers wi ...

  14. E3 Briefs: Last.fm, Microsoft, Travis Barker, DJ AM

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Microsoft launched a major effort at the E3 conference to turn the Xbox 360 videogame console into an entertainment hub that spans well beyond videogames. The company will add access to Last.fm , to go live this fall, free of charge for Xbox Li ...

  15. Microsoft To Integrate Zune With Xbox 360

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft unveiled plans to integrate its Zune digital entertainment service with the highly popular Xbox 360 platform, in a move designed more to confirm rumors than to provide specifics. The company will also bring a new Zune device to market th ...

  16. Zune Revenues Fall 54%

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST It seems that Microsoft's Zune just can't catch a break. Despite a holiday ad blitz and introduction of new services - including a feature that lets subscribers keep 10 free songs a week - revenue for the Zune division fell 54% in the fo ...

  17. Acclaims Unveils Online Music Game

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Acclaim Games, best known for multiplayer online role playing games, is getting into the music-based game genre with "Rockfree." Scheduled for the first quarter of next year, "Rockfree" is a free online game that lets players c ...

  18. Warner Videos Added To Xbox

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In case anybody forgot that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 videogame console is also a media hub, the company signed a deal with Warner Music Group to add music videos to the stable of content available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Exactly how many videos ...

  19. Disturbed Giveaway Set For 'Rock Band'

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hard rock act Disturbed is giving away two free tracks for the "Rock Band" videogame as part of a promotional deal with Best Buy. Any fan preordering the new album "Indestructible," which streets June 3, from BestBuy.com will b ...

  20. Motley Crue To Release Single On 'Rock Band'

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In announcing its Crue Fest summer tour, 80s rockers Motley Crue unveiled a partnership with the videogame "Rock Band" that includes releasing new music for the game as well as giving fans a shot at real on-stage glory. Motley Crue is re ...

  21. MTV: 'Rock Band' Song Purchases Double

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV has revealed that more than 6 million songs have been purchased as new playable "levels" for the popular "Rock Band" video game—doubling the number of purchases as of just two months ago. In late January, MTV announced it h ...

  22. Xbox, Gamefly Beef Up Music Offerings

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST As record stores stock fewer music CDs, the music industry is turning to videogames as an alternative method of distribution. Both Microsoft, developer of the Xbox 360 game console, and online game rental service GameFly introduced new music initi ...

  23. Velvet Revolver, Foo Fighters Lend Songs To 'Guitar Hero III'

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Songs from Velvet Revolver and The Foo Fighters will be the first new tracks available to download as playable songs for the "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" videogame. The songs will be available in a bundle of three, called "tra ...

  24. Xbox To Offer Full Concert Download

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST A full HD concert download from Canadian metal outfit Finger Eleven will be available for free to all Xbox LIVE Marketplace users starting tomorrow (Nov. 6). The set, from the Berkeley Church in Toronto, Ontario, will be placed on the Xbox servers ...

  25. My Chemical Romance Join Guitar Hero II

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Three tracks from My Chemical Romance have been added to Activision's Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360. Gamers can purchase the new tracks from the Xbox Live Marketplace and download them to the game. All three tracks -- "Teenagers," ...

  26. WMG Developing Interactive Dance-Based Games

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group revealed a partnership with Acclaim to develop an Internet-based dance game called DANCE! Online. The free PC game allows users to create custom avatars that dance with up to six other players in a virtual environment. Players c ...

  27. Videogame Consoles Flood Households

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The number of U.S. households with videogame consoles has jumped 18.5% since 2004, according to research from Nielsen Wireless and Interactive Services. In the fourth quarter of 2006, there were 45.7 million homes with videogame consoles, a penetr ...

  28. Gates: 'Digital Decade Is Here'

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates unveiled a slew of new products and content partners Sunday in his keynote address kicking off the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show, vowing to deliver access to video and data no matter where the con ...

  29. Film, TV Downloads Available Via Xbox 360

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp. will unlock the digital distribution capabilities of its next generation console, Xbox 360, to Hollywood studios beginning Nov. 22. Xbox 360 gamers in the U.S., totaling at least 3 mil Microsoft Corp. will unlock the digital distri ...

  30. Film, TV Downloads Available Via Xbox 360

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST First game console to secure programming from majors. Microsoft Corp. will unlock the digital distribution capabilities of its next generation console, Xbox 360, to Hollywood studios beginning Nov. 22. Xbox 360 gamers in the U.S., totaling at leas ...

  31. Zune To Hit Stores In November

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Price at $250. The Microsoft Zune music player will hit retail shelves Nov. 14, priced at $250. That price matches the cost of Apple's comparable 30GB iPod. Unlike the iPod, however, the Zune can share music files directly between devices, re ...

  32. How Many More Monthly Fees Can Consumers Stand?

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT There's a spirited debate going on between those who think à la carte downloads are the key to music's digital future and those who see subscription services as the cure for what ails the music b Ken Schlager is co-executive edi ...

  33. How Many More Monthly Fees Can Consumers Stand?

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT There's a spirited debate going on between those who think à la carte downloads are the key to music's digital future and those who see subscription services as the cure for what ails the music b Ken Schlager is co-executive edi ...

  34. Cafe Tacuba Teams With Xbox For 'Game With Fame'

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning group to clash with fans online. Latin rock act Cafe Tacuba takes on gamers today (May 3) on Xbox Live from 6 - 8 p.m. PT. Xbox Live's “Game With Fame” is an online event that gives their subscribers the opportunity to co ...