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'Woodstock', a new Xbox music service to be unveiled at E3 2012

Microsoft to unveil 'Woodstock' Xbox music service at E3 in June

By Anthony Garreffa on Apr 27, 2012 01:25 am CDT - 0 mins, 55 secs reading time

Microsoft are set to show off their replacement of its Zune service during E3 in June, according to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, reports The Verge. The new music service is codenamed Woodstock, and will continue the Redmond-based company's move away from the Zune brand, and into the arms of the Xbox brand.

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Insiders have revealed to The Verge that Woodstock is poised to be a cross-platform play, available to Windows 8, Android, iOS, and Xbox users, all playable from a browser. It has previous been described as "Spotify-like", where it won't require any browser plugins and is said to integrate deeply with social networking site, Facebook.

This will allow friends to build group playlists and share tracks. On top of this, it will feature a "scan and match" function, which is similar to iTunes Match, where it's being tested as part of Woodstock to allow users to identify their existing music collection in the service. Microsoft are set to tease the new service at E3, if no last-minute plans take place. It would then launch later this year with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

NEWS SOURCE:theverge.com

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