The Xbox Live Gold subscription is gaining a little bit more value on the Xbox One. Microsoft’s Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter that Xbox One owners will not be required to sign up for a subscription to Xbox Music in order to use the service. Much like Pandora, iTunes Radio, or any similar streaming service, Xbox Music will have a free, ad-supported option, matching up with Xbox Music’s current offerings on Windows 8.1 and music.xbox.com. This has not been the case on Xbox 360, which does require a paid subscription to access Xbox Music. Microsoft has yet to announce whether or not the free option will be migrating to the 360 as well.
UPDATE: Penello took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to correct his original answer. The Xbox One will not support a free Xbox Music option after all. In order to listen to Xbox Music on the Xbox One, you must sign up for Music Pass.
I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. Sorry!
â€” Albert Penello (@albertpenello) November 6, 2013