It seems like these days everyone wants a piece of the pie when it comes to this whole digital music thing. While the war is still raging between Microsoft and Apple on that front (albeit mostly one-sided), both companies are taking some different approaches.
Several tech/gaming sites are reporting this morning that an unnamed source close to Xbox Evolved let the cat out of the bag about a new music download service that might be coming to Xbox 360. Xbox Evolved stated, "In Microsoft's attempts to make the Xbox 360 even more of a digital hub, and hopes of boosting sales of the Zune digital music player, Microsoft will soon be launching a kind of Zune Marketplace on the Xbox 360. In order to use it, you will first be required to subscribe to the service--roughly $15 for one month, and $45 for three months. While the prices seem steep, keep in mind that you are getting unlimited access to the entire collection of music offered to Zune users."
Oh, and this comes right off the heels of Ticketmaster giving away a ten-song music sampler plus one-song download off iTunes when you purchase a summer concert ticket.