Mere weeks after Microsoft dumped the free streaming tier of Xbox Music, two new streaming music apps have landed on the Xbox One for your aural pleasure: Pandora and Vevo.
Vevo was originally tipped in June as part of a major entertainment push for the gaming console that included 45 new apps.
Pandora says its new Xbox One app is a customized version of the Pandora for TV interface, and the app supports Kinect gestures and voice commands. It additionally includes options to see recently listened to stations and total time spent listening to specific stations. You can also use Pandora as background music while gaming.
More than just music
Beyond the two music services, Xbox One is also getting a Bravo Now app for those times only Top Chef or Flipping Out will do. Movie streaming service Popcornflix is also coming to Xbox One in the U.S. and Canada—adding yet another movie streaming app after Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Netflix, Redbox Instant, Starz, and Xbox Video.
Telemundo Now is also rolling out to the Xbox One.
The impact on you at home: Microsoft has been busy adding various apps and services to Xbox One such as HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, and Twitch. But music choices were largely left to Xbox Music and YouTube. Throwing in Pandora is a great step forward. Vevo and its catalog of high-definition videos are also a good choice. But other services such as Rdio and Spotify—neither of which were ever on the Xbox 360—would make Xbox’s music selection even better.