Microsoft has announced that its free Xbox Music Streaming service will be shut down on December 1st.
The ad-supported version, currently available on Windows 8 devices and via the Web, was launched in October 2012, as an alternative tom the service’s paid-for monthly pass, and as a competitor to services like Spotify.
With the free version being removed, the only way to access Xbox Music will be to sign-up to a paid subscription. Users will have access to the millions of tracks, providing they pay $10 per month.
The price-point offers unlimited ad-free music streaming, offline listening on PC, tablet and smartphones, and access to about 90,000 music videos.
We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers," Microsoft detailed on its FAQ page.
"You may continue to view any playlists or collections you created using the free streaming feature, but you can't listen to the music in those playlists or collections unless you purchase the music or an Xbox Music Pass."
Current subscribers will not be affected by the change. Any songs you acquired will also remain yours.