Microsoft's Xbox Music wants to be a contender

If you are bound to Windows platforms, Xbox Music has the best of Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and your personal CD collection in it. If you're not so Windows lovin' Microsoft wants you, too. So, with iTunes Radio and the culmination of a couple of weeks of mobile device madness leading up to the iPhone 5 launch tomorrow, Microsoft is taking the former Zune Pass onto iOS and Android devices.

Report: Xbox Music to launch on October 26

Sources claim Xbox Music service will launch alongside Microsoft's Windows 8 on October 26.

Xbox Music gets detailed

It seems like almost every major industry player is looking to dip its toes into the digital music market, and Microsoft is obviously no exception.

Zune will be amputated on August 31

Several Zune features will be killed at the end of the month as Microsoft begins to usher in Xbox Music as the predominant media streaming service.

Report: Xbox Music to be part Rhapsody, part iTunes

Microsoft's new foray into the world of digital music won't be a one-size-fits-all platform.