November is finally here, the month in which Microsoft releases the hotly anticipated Xbox One console. Gamers who’ve got their pre-orders in would no doubt be crossing off each day on the calendars, while a lot of people are expected to line up outside retailers come launch day to get their hands on the new console. Albert Penello, head of product planning for Xbox One at Microsoft, has confirmed that the company has moved to the ad-supported free streaming model for Xbox Music on the upcoming console.
Penello revealed through Twitter that Xbox One owners won’t have to subscribe to Xbox Music, they’ll be able to streaming music for free but will “get periodic Ads.” Even though streaming music is free, console owners will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access the app. This is quite a change from the current subscription model on the Xbox 360. Microsoft already allows Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 and the web users to stream music for free with the occasional ad, so its basically bringing the Xbox One in line with those variants. Penello hasn’t clarified if Xbox 360 owners will get free access to the ad-supported Xbox Music service somewhere down the line, hopefully this bit will be cleared up by the company soon.