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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

April 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Report: Microsoft to unveil new music service for Xbox at E3

The Verge is reporting that Microsoft will offer a preview of a “Spotify-like” music service, codenamed “Woodstock,” during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas in June.

The new music service is supposed to be a Zune replacement and will be available across different platforms including Windows 8, Android, iOS and Xbox, according to The Verge, citing sources familiar with the company’s plans.

[Update 10:23 a.m.: A Microsoft spokeswoman declined comment on the report, saying: “”We do not comment on rumors and speculation.”]

“Woodstock” would appear to be another move by Microsoft to replace its Zune music and video service brand with the far more successful Xbox brand.

Microsoft had already killed off the Zune music player — the hardware device — last year, although Zune services such as the Music Pass remained, as did Zune software via Windows Phone and on PCs.

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