When Microsoft launched the Xbox Music streaming service, the company offered three ways to listen to music, including a free ad-based service. But the reports says Microsoft announced that effective December 1, Xbox Music’s free tier will be retired.
Microsoft explains why it’s pulling the plug on the service in a FAQ:
“We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers. With Xbox Music Pass, you have access to millions of songs on your PC, tablet, Xbox, phone, and the web. Download music for offline listening and create playlists that automatically sync across all your devices.”
After the first of December, you’ll need to purchase an Xbox Music Pass for $10 USD a month if you still want to stream music on your PC or mobile device. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users have never had the option of free, ad-based streaming. Microsoft also allows Xbox Music users to download music á la carte.