Xbox One adds music videos to streaming service

Xbox Music will automatically play any of 92,000 songs as an HD video, in a fledgling rival to Vevo.

Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One console on May 21, 2013.
Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One console on May 21, 2013. James Martin/CNET

Xbox Music, Microsoft's music streaming product for its game console franchise, is adding music videos to the gaming console, the company said Tuesday in a blog post.

"Once a TV staple, music videos are now primarily housed on the internet, where easy access is key," it wrote, noting that when customers play a track on their Xbox One using Xbox Music, the song will automatically play as a video if it is among the 92,000 that are being added.

Vevo, a joint venture between venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group with a strategic investment by Google, has quickly become the go-to source for music videos, and has grown significantly in the last year partly because of its effort to get on more televisions. But Xbox One has been a holdout.

This might explain why.

 

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