There was some confusion last night when Microsoft “updated” their Zune software and removed the ability to search and download Windows Phone 7 apps from the application. This falls in line with some rumors that Microsoft may be giving Zune, as a brand name, the ax. This is now proven to be exactly the case as The Verge has gotten exclusive news that Microsoft will be debuting a new music service at E3 this year.
The new music service, code named ”Woodstock” will replace the current Zune service to move towards a unifying Xbox brand. There will be some improvements as well as it is rumored to be a cross-platform play available to Windows 8, Android, iOS and Xbox users….and playable from a browser. Also rumored is the service will be a bit more spotify like and is said to integrate deeply with Facebook. Microsoft is planning to launch this in tandem with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
With the news that Microsoft won’t be announcing a new Xbox this E3, this rumor seems very plausible as a way to lead up into the launch of Windows 8 and its continued expansions of the offerings on Xbox. On a personal note this is a great sign of Microsoft’s continued attempts at integrating all their products and services.
Source: The Verge