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Microsoft in Early Talks for New Music Service

It is certainly something unreasonable from the Redmond-based software giant. The company instead of working on to improve its current Zune platform of music, software and service reportedly in talks with record labels to start a new music service.

CNet, the original source of news, reveals that Microsoft is looking at “creating a delivery service that would supply tunes to the Xbox as well as an upcoming Windows-based phone.” This can be achieved with Zune as well, isn’t it? Nonetheless, the report indicates that ‘streaming music’ is a part of the package being negotiated.

Although, Zune doesn’t manage streaming music at the moment, it could be revamped to perform this task. Zune’s business model, the Zune Pass, is not widely applicable in the current date that only focuses on the downloading content and not streaming, however the possibility is pretty much there to modify it. But it seems that Microsoft has made up its mind to drop Zune brand.

Earlier this month, we reported that Zune may not be dead considering some of the clues from the Redmond-based software giant. But the current report depicts an entirely different story. The company is up to remove Zune from its Windows Phone 8 and to replace it what it is planning at the moment. Interestingly, the timing of the Windows Phone 8 release and that of the company’s new music service as reported by CNet are perfectly in line to each other:

Negotiations are still in a preliminary stage and the two sides have yet to drill down into all the specifics, the sources said. Nonetheless, Microsoft has outlined a rough sketch for a service that it hopes could launch sometime this year and include streaming music as well as downloads, the sources said.

Considering such reports will force us to assume that Microsoft is going to kill its Zune client, though there are some clues that Zune may not be deal after all. The Redmond-based software giant doesn’t have the history of commenting on such stories, but still we are trying hard to reach Microsoft for the comments.

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