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Xbox Music is going free over the web today, and its long-awaited iOS and Android versions are also set to launch at some point today. The move puts Xbox Music and Microsoft on a new course, positioning the service to rival major streaming music providers like Spotify and Rdio. “The Spotify model is the most disruptive thing that’s happened in the music industry in the last five years,” Xbox Music GM Jerry Johnson told Engadget in an interview this week.
With the move to free streaming on the web — something that’s been available to Windows 8 users for some time now — Johnson and Microsoft are hoping to get in on that disruption. The first six months of streaming are entirely free, and becomes more limited after that. Like Spotify, Johnson reasons that users will be drawn in for free on the web and upgrade to the Xbox Music Pass ($ 10/month or $ 100/year). Also like Spotify, the mobile apps are essentially useless without a paid subscription. It’s unclear if streaming will be free for the Xbox One version that launches this November, though we’d bet that the first 30 days are free (like with the Xbox 360 iteration). There are some new images of what it’ll look like on Xbox One in the gallery below — it’s essentially a shinier version of the one you’re used to on your current Xbox 360.
Sadly, the iOS and Android apps don’t launch with the ability to save and play tracks offline; offline playback functionality is coming “in the coming months,” we’re told. Oh, and when Windows 8.1 launches in October, the Web Playlist tool (which creates playlists based on whatever website you’re viewing) will arrive alongside the OS update for Windows 8 users. We’d leave you with a link to Tears for Fears’ timely song, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” but Xbox Music doesn’t allow users to link out. Instead, there’s a YouTube embed below. Dance with us like it’s 1985!%Gallery-slideshow83433%
When it comes to India's food security bill, some say that morally it is the right thing to do while critics say there's no free lunch.
The Indian government estimates that food subsidies will cost around $ 25 billion annually. CNN's Mallika Kapur reports.
The idea of Amazon releasing it’s own phone isn’t exactly new, but the latest rumors are saying that the retailer will be offering the Kindle-branded smartphone to customers for free, with or without wireless contracts attached. This is a huge departure from common mobile device practices today and it remains to be seen how Amazon […]
ESPN is opening up streaming of the ESPN3 feed on its WatchESPN iOS app to college students and military personnel that use an on-campus or on-base Wifi network. (Updated at 7:50am to clarify that this only covers ESPN3 live streaming.) The cable network, which previously only served up live streams on iOS to pay TV customers, is slated to announce the change as part of the relaunch of its iPad app Thursday. The new app comes with a revamped UI and a number of new features, including the ability to watch a live stream and an archived video at the same time – because, what else is there to do in a dorm room, right?
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BT is swiftly becoming a sports broadcasting force in the UK after acquiring ESPN UK and Ireland in February, then launching two of its own channels at the beginning of August. It’s now found a teammate in Virgin Media, and a newly inked, three-year deal will see BT Sport 1, 2, ESPN and their HD counterparts available through Sir Richard’s cable TV service. From today, all those channels go free for subscribers of the TV XL package, or can be added to other tiers for £15 per month. Watching through Virgin’s TV Anywhere app is currently not supported but will be “soon,” letting you gasp, shout and throw obscenities at even more screens.
As you watch preseason games, you will realize that Vince Young is better than many quarterbacks currently on NFL rosters. But he has been unable to get a job.
Young will get a shot to impress the Green Bay Packers on Monday, and maybe get another job at age 30. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that the Packers will work out Young.
Young’s NFL career certainly had its bad moments, such as the acrimonious split with the Tennessee Titans, but he has a lot of raw talent.
Young has a great combination of size, speed and arm strength, even if he never developed as a NFL passer. He has 46 touchdowns, 51 interceptions and a 57.9 completion percentage in his career.
But the thought of him getting a chance with the Packers (who could use a diversion given the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that left tackle Bryan Bulaga might have a serious knee injury) is interesting. Being with an offensive-minded coach like Mike McCarthy could help Young. So could having Green Bay’s deep receiving corps to throw to. The Packers have Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman backing up Aaron Rodgers, so it’s not like they couldn’t use an upgrade.
Perhaps this is just the common practice of NFL teams bringing in various players for workouts, so they have a timely report on available free agents should an emergency arise. A workout definitely doesn’t mean the Packers are interested in signing Young right now, even if he looks good. But hopefully the Packers take the plunge with Young, because it would make the preseason a lot more interesting.
Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and his twin brother, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, recently wore “Free Hernandez” hats at a party celebrating their upcoming 24th birthdays, expressing support of former New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez, the twins’ former teammate at the University of Florida who has been charged with first-degree murder in Massachusetts.
Maurkice apologized for his actions on Twitter, saying that he recognized “the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation. I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.”
Thus far, Mike Pouncey has remained quiet about his questionable apparel decision. For the most part, that silence continued on Sunday. Following the first on-field workouts of Dolphins training camp, Pouncey told reporters that he would only “talk about football”, Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Pouncey would go on to sort of acknowledge that he made a mistake that night, though he did not formally apologize the way his brother has.
“We get paid a lot of money to act a certain way, and that’s the way we should be acting,” Mike Pouncey said on Sunday.
It is very possible that Pouncey was advised by the Dolphins’ public relations department to not allow that particular can of worms to be opened. Pouncey’s quasi-apology sounds as though he’s parroting what the players were told by coaches and staff in what head coach Joe Philbin described as an “A to Z” team meeting the night before, a session that Philbin said included how to behave on social media, as well as during their interactions with the media.