3 Tech Titans Making Noise: Microsoft Launches Xbox Music, Sony’s Holiday Holdup, No Free Phone for Amazon

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): Just prior to the release of Apple’s iTunes Radio on iOS 7, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has launched its Xbox Music streaming program, which is free for Web users, and the corresponding mobile apps for iOS and Android. In efforts to push users towards its Xbox Music Pass subscription service, Microsoft is offering six months of ad-free streaming, including access to content from a Web client and other devices.


Sony Corp. (NYSE:SNE): Sony’s PlayStation 4 won’t hit the domestic Japanese market until early next year, indicating the next-generation gaming console will miss the year-end holiday shopping season in the nation. Instead, the company will be bringing the PSVita TV in time for the shopping rush, a $90 unit that attaches to a TV set and allows users to enjoy music, TV shows, movies and karaoke. Hiroshi Kawano, Sony’s chief of the game business in Japan and Asia, said that the company wants a strong arsenal of games ready at release.


Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN): Spokesman Drew Herdener told Bloomberg that the retail giant has no intentions of launching a mobile phone this year, and even if the retailer does sell a handset sometime in the future, the company won’t give it away for free. Amazon has a history of subsidizing its tech gadgets, but it appears that this model will not come through quite to that extent when the device is ultimately released.


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