Microsoft getting ready to launch a global music service

The Register is reporting that Microsoft recently told mobile operators that they can no longer use the MusicWave service once their contracts expire (MS acquired MusicWave in November 2007). After announcing that they are going to launch a new music streaming service similar to Spotify before the end of the year, rumors about Project Omni and the new Zune marketplace, this looks like the last move before Redmond enter the music business outside of the US (and Canada). I’ve also heard whispers about the announcement of Zune integration into WM6.5 at PDC09 in november. With Pink and Windows Mobile 7 on the horizon, Microsoft seems to be really busy now..

Source: The Register

Microsoft project “Omni” multi-platform music streaming rumor

Here’s some interesting rumor/info about Microsoft’s upcoming music streaming service which should be launched by the end of this year and it looks like Microsoft is planing to go head to head against Spotify.

Microsoft’s new streaming music service, codenamed “Omni”, is based on the Seeqpod engine integrated with Bing search & Live ID. It is a Silverlight RIA on Zune, WinMo, Xbox, Mac & PC.It’s tied into Zune store to facilitate purchases. Revenue comes from sales through the Zune store & ads (one 10-second spot every half-hour, approved by MSFT) during streaming. The service pushes a few sponsored songs & similar songs (possibly 1 full length song every half hour) through during a listening session. All the major labels are on board.

Looks like it will be part of Windows Mobile 7 given that it supposedly is a Silverlight RIA. For more WM 7 info click here.

Source: The Palace of Limacon