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Microsoft Isn’t Killing Xbox Music; Update Coming

If you took Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s comment this week that the company would “streamline our investments in music and video” to signal the imminent demise of Xbox Music, well, relax.

Nadella made the one-off comment during a Tuesday earnings call to report its fourth quarter fiscal performance and to outline the company’s direction for 2015. The use of “streamline” to describe its strategy for music was interpreted by some as “bad news” for fans of the Spotify competitor.

But a day after Nadella made his comment, Joe Belfiore, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Windows Phone, took to Twitter to clarify the company’s goals. Belfiore made it clear Xbox Music was not on the chopping block and that it’s actually due for an official update.

Xbox Music launched in 2012 in the ashes of Microsoft’s Zune mobile streaming service. It recently became the latest platform to open its API to third-party app developers.