Microsoft’s giving 100 more insanely great music albums away for free
By Brad Chacos
PCWorldDec 11, 2014 7:36 am PST
Put away those Bitcoins, folks. After dishing out 100 free, full albums during Black Friday weekend , Microsoft’s at it again, giving away another 100 full albums for the low, low cost of absolutely nothing through December 15.
Some of the albums overlap with the previous giveaway, but there appears to be numerous new freebies in there as well, and all of the songs are stuff you’d actually want to listen to, rather than the garbage tunes usually handed out as freebies. Here are just some of the albums available:
Babel by Mumford and Sons
Watch the Throne by Kanye West and Jay-Z
All That You Can’t Leave Behind by U2
Exodus and Catch a Fire by Bob Marley
Believe Acoustic by Justin Bieber
Unapologetic by Rhianna
2Pac’s Greatest Hits
Quadrophenia by The Who
Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science
Born to Die – The Paradise Edition by Lana Del Rey
Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
The Fame and The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
The Microsoft Music Deals app highlighting the free albums is also offering 80 percent off numerous holiday albums and many of the top albums of 2014, selling the latest music from Maroon 5, Lana Del Rey, Weezer, and others for $1.99.
The terms of the deal are the same as before. You’ll need access to Microsoft’s Music Deals app to see the freebies, which then bumps you over to the Xbox Music app when you select a free album—meaning you’ll need Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8. You’ll also need a Microsoft Account to snag the songs. The last giveaway was a U.S-only deal, and it’s very likely this one is as well, though I’ve yet to confirm that.
Once you claim the albums as your own you’re able to download the tracks as DRM-free MP3 tunes, so you’ll be able to listen to them on virtually any device—even ones that Xbox Music fails to call home.