Microsoft plans music streaming service

April 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, April 26 (UPI) -- Microsoft will unveil a music service with Xbox branding to stream music to Windows 8, Android, iOS and the Xbox, a tech Web site reports.

The music service, which The Verge site said would "integrate deeply with Facebook" and not require any browser plug-ins to work, is expected to be unveiled at the E3 Gaming Expo in June, CNET.com reported Wednesday.

In entering the streaming music arena, Microsoft will be up against a number of entrenched competitors including Spotify and Pandora.

Microsoft made a previous attempt at a music streaming service with the Zune Music Pass and Urge but with little success.

Microsoft's new service will feature a "scan and match" capability, similar to iTunes Match, that will let users find songs from their current library within the platform, sources told The Verge.

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