MS should probably just give up in the consumer space
I just read this: http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/15/technology/google-music-subscription/index.html
Let me quote:
On a fundamental level, Google Play Music All Access isn't doing anything that Spotify and Rdio aren't doing. For $10 a month, you can log on, search for any track your heart desires, and it then streams from Google's servers. If you want to listen offline, you can cache it to your device.
But Google is combining some of the best qualities exclusive to each service. Like Rdio, its mobile and web-based user interfaces are clean and intuitive, allowing you to build your own library of streaming content from Google's catalog. And it's the only service other than Spotify that really lets you merge your personal music library with the streaming catalog. And when you choose to launch its Pandora-esque radio feature, you can rearrange the automatically generated playlist.
Oh wow, this is so revolutionary! Except it's not. Xbox Music has offered this the whole time.
As if that wasn't bad enough, one of the comments does mention that Xbox music has been offering this. But the replies make me very sad. They are along the lines of "but what if I wanted to listen to music NOT on my Xbox?" Houston, we have a problem.
It's not JUST the name. People just don't care enough to even find out what the service offers, apparently. I don't have any idea how they can fix this problem.