Microsoft has announced that their Xbox Music streaming will end to be a free service at the end of this year, meaning that the service will soon only be available for paying subscribers.
The change is set to end on December 1st, when users will need to pay a $9.99 a month subscription fee to become a member and gain access to roughly 90,000 music videos, unlimited ad-free music streaming and offline listening on PCs, tablets and phones, as well as access on consoles.
“We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers,” reads a new Microsoft FAQ explaining the changes to Xbox Music. “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.”
There is also the mention that if you’re already a subscriber to Xbox Music, nothing will change for you, and songs you already own will be unaffected.