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Microsoft to launch internet radio service?

SeeqPod cocoon
A few months ago web-based music search engine and streaming media service SeeqPod dropped a hint that the company was working with Microsoft on... something. Now UK paper Telegraph is reporting that Microsoft is planning to launch a streaming music service similar to Spotify, Pandora, or Last.fm.

Microsoft could launch the service by the end of July. Users would be able to either stream songs for free over the internet or download tracks. The service will reportedly be ad-supported, but users will also have the option of paying £9.99 (about $16.30) per month for an ad-free version.

There's also a chance (I'd say a pretty good one), that the music service will be available to Xbox 360 users as well, as Microsoft continues to position the console as a multimedia hub and not just a gaming system.

[via ReadWriteWeb]

Tags: last.fm, music, pandora, seeqpod, spotify

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