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Apple Music is Now on Xbox

Almost two years after the Xbox Series X|S launch, gamers can finally find the Apple Music app on the two consoles as well as the Xbox One.

Microsoft has finally brought Apple Music over to Xbox consoles. It’s been an eventful week for Microsoft as the company announced a slew of partnerships alongside new products and services amid its annual Microsoft Ignite event. While a majority of the announcements were geared towards its productivity sector, the tech giant had a few interesting gaming partnerships in the works. Among these include official Apple Music support for Xbox gamers.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it’s bringing Xbox cloud gaming to Meta Quest 2 via Xbox Game Pass, though not all Game Pass titles will be available in VR and users would need to be Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in order to experience the service. Additionally, it was reported that Game Pass will be coming to the newly announced cloud gaming-focused Chromebooks. To top it off, the arrival of Apple’s music streaming app on Xbox consoles makes it a busy and interesting week for the Xbox brand.


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As of right now, gamers can either download the app directly on an Xbox One or a Series X|S or remotely via the Microsoft Store. Similar to Spotify and Pandora on Xbox, players can listen to music via the app in the background while gaming. Apart from the ability to browse through the music library on a big screen, the app comes with the typical features fans would expect such as the ability to follow time-synced lyrics, create playlists, and watch music videos.

While players had to wait almost two years until Apple’s music streaming service finally hit the platform, other streaming services were already available on Xbox for a while. This includes the likes of Spotify, Pandora, Disney+, Netflix, and even Apple’s own Apple TV which were all available since the Series X|S’ debut. It doesn’t help that even PS5 had Apple Music since last year. Regardless, the availability of Apple Music streaming on Xbox promises to be a welcome addition to gamers.

In other news, it was recently revealed that Microsoft reportedly attempted to bring Xbox Game Pass to PlayStation. The story came out as the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is currently looking into the Microsoft-Activision deal. Sony expressed concern about the potential anticompetitive nature of the acquisition, to which Microsoft shared that the company had “chosen to block” Game Pass on PlayStation. It’s still unclear how things will pan out for Microsoft’s Activision ambitions. In any case, 2022 is shaping up to be quite an interesting year for the Xbox brand.

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