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Is 'Xbox Music Center' Microsoft's new Spotify-like music service?

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Microsoft's Spotify-like music service could be named "Xbox Music Center" after several job postings by the company refer to it.

Gallery Photo: Windows 8 Xbox Live, music, and video screenshots
Gallery Photo: Windows 8 Xbox Live, music, and video screenshots

We're still expecting Microsoft to offer some type of sneak peak at its Zune replacement during E3 2012 next week, but the company has been dropping hints about its Xbox entertainment plans consistently over the past few weeks. Kotaku reports that several job openings in a Paris-based "Team Xbox Live Music" have appeared recently that reveal Microsoft is working to build "a massive catalog of music content from multiple vendors and development of innovative user interfaces for music consumption on Xbox, Windows, mobile phones and the web."

We previously revealed that the company is working on a "Woodstock" music service that will be a cross-platform play, available to Windows 8, Android, iOS, and Xbox users — also playable from a browser. Although we don't know the final name of the service, Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi recently teased the company's to "go beyond the box to reach all new families of devices," with Xbox. Mehdi also discussed Microsoft's ideas for making entertainment more personal, interactive, and social "across the devices you love," while teasing "new ways to enjoy entertainment" at the company's E3 press conference next week.

Kotaku also discovered references to an "Xbox Music Center" in some Linkedin profiles that reveal Microsoft France has an internship program of 150 employees that matches up with a job posting for a program manager role in "Team Xbox Live Music" at the company's offices in Paris. Whatever the service is called, it's clear there's a monumental shift towards Xbox for Microsoft's music and video services and we'll be sure to hear more about it next week.