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I’m paying for what? How Xbox Live Gold must change for a new age of free

Xbox Live Gold still keeps free online services like Skype and Explorer behind its pay wall. That can’t last.

Xbox Music to add parental advisory warnings, upcoming song info

A Microsoft MVP sends word of a new Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 update making the rounds.

Microsoft's new groove: Buy Xbox Music, get a free Windows Phone

What a deal! You can trade in your old phone for Microsoft credit and receive a free Windows Phone, provided you also sign up for Xbox Music.

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Microsoft presses play on Web, Android, and iOS apps for Xbox Music

Microsoft is trying to be Pandora and Spotify, all in one. But it's probably a better bet to stick with the Windows 8 app, if you just want to stream music every so often.

The complete guide to Windows Phone 8 settings

We explain the ins and outs of your Windows Phone 8 handset.

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Windows 8 deep dive: Get to know the Music app

Rocking hard or hardly rocking? We find out when we plunge deep into Microsoft's Music app.

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Streaming music showdown: Xbox Music versus the world

Which streaming music service reigns supreme? We pit Xbox Music Pass against Pandora, Rdio, Slacker, and Spotify in an epic battle for the mic.

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