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Microsoft Clarifies Some Xbox Music Changes

In the wake of Microsoft’s announcement about the Tuesday launch of Xbox Music, readers have questions. Lots of questions. And while I’m still waiting for Microsoft to even respond to my queries, the firm sent out an email to current Zune Music Pass subscribers that does indeed answer some of the questions.

(I wrote about the Xbox Music launch earlier today in Microsoft to Take On iTunes with Xbox Music and Xbox Music Preview.)

Here’s the entire text of the email:

Xbox Music brings you all the music you love, every way you want it. With millions of songs to discover, stream, download, and own—it’s the all-in-one music service for your tablet, PC, TV, and phone. And with Xbox Music Pass, your favorite songs follow you wherever you go, across all your devices. 

There's nothing you need to do. Your Zune Music Pass is now an Xbox Music Pass, giving you access to everything you enjoy today and a whole lot more. 

1.  More music – Stream or download songs from one of the largest digital music catalogs on the planet ... over 18 million songs and counting. 

2.  Cloud connected – Build your music collection and create playlists. They effortlessly sync across your Xbox 360, Windows 8 tablet and PC, and Windows Phone 8 so your music is accessible anytime, anywhere. 

3.  Save your favorites – On your Xbox 360, create playlists and pin your favorite artists for easy access to the music you love. 

4.  Import playlists – On Windows 8 tablets and PCs you can import your Zune Music collection, including playlists you've created. 

5.  Keep listening – Your Xbox Music Pass will continue to work in the Zune PC software and on Windows Phone 7 devices. 

You are now a part of Xbox Music, bringing you all the music you love, every way you want it.

Learn more.

And in a nice nod to current subscribers, Microsoft even provides a code for 1,000 Microsoft Points (about $12.50) to use on any of the music, video, or game content on Xbox LIVE.

More news when I hear back from Microsoft. They've got a big list of questions from me about these changes.

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