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New 'Xbox Music' service to take on iTunes

30 million tracks to be made available on Xbox 360, Windows 8 PCs, tablets and smartphones

Microsoft has announced a new service called Xbox Music.


Xbox Music will offer users access to 30 million songs and be available on Microsoft's console, Windows 8 PCs, as well as tablets and smartphones.

Back in April, rumours of the Spotify-like service suggested it'll offer deep Facebook integration, the ability to compile group playlists, and an iTunes Match-style "scan and match" feature.

The service is tipped to launch later this year alongside Windows 8. We'll update this story with more details as they come in.