The Xbox One will not be getting a free, ad-supported version of Xbox Music as previously thought. Instead, users will have the ability to listen to 15 songs before being required to sign up to continue streaming ad-free.
I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. Sorry!
— Albert Penello (@albertpenello) November 6, 2013
Microsoft responded to Penello’s original tweet with the following:
Enjoying Xbox Music on Xbox One does require an Xbox Music Pass, similar to Xbox 360. Users will receive 15 free song plays before having to enter their Music Pass. New users can also sign up for a free 30 day trial. With a Music Pass, you have access to your personal music collection and can stream unlimited, ad-free music. You can use Xbox Music alongside other activities on Xbox One, including games, through Snap mode. Xbox Music is an all-in-one music service that does offer an ad-supported, free streaming option on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and online at Music.Xbox.com.
Original article below.
Just like on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and streaming online, Xbox Music will be available on Xbox One without a paid subscription. Users will have ads in between songs unless they opt-in to the paid subscription at $9.99 per month, or $99.99 for a full year.
It’s assumed that Xbox One users need a Gold Subscription to access Xbox Music, since it is pay-gated on the Xbox 360. Nothing about a Gold Subscription being required is confirmed as of now.
This screenshot below is taken from the Twitter page of Albert Penello, a senior director at Microsoft.