We’ve been tracking Microsoft’s plans for an Xbox Music streaming service for some time, but it seems its launch is finally nigh. The Verge reports that the new service will launch on 26 October across Windows Phone, Windows 8 PCs and Xbox 360 consoles, with a Spotify-style combination of a free ad-supported tier and a paid subscription service. The launch is expected to coincide with the release of the Windows 8 operating system on 26 October. Which brings us to what another tech site, TheNextWeb, is describing as “an unsubstantiated, albeit juicy, hot sizzling rumor” – the notion that Microsoft may be in talks to acquire streaming music service Rdio. It cites unnamed European sources, albeit with a response from Rdio CEO Drew Larner saying there is “nothing to talk about”. The obvious question being why Microsoft would develop its own streaming music service, then buy another one.

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