XBox 360 Middle of Music?
According to the WSJ, Microsoft is thinking that maybe the Xbox 360 can be the digital music hub of your home. Microsoft will be putting the Xbox division’s head Robbie Bach in charge of the company’s digital music business.
The appointment, not yet officially announced, will see the 16-year Microsoft veteran on a “mission to make Microsoft’s new Xbox a hub for handling digital music.”
The Xbox 360 is a capable machine, and with its disc drive, network connection, hard drive, and multimedia outputs, it can acquire, store, and play music just fine. It could stream music to other devices in your home, or get streamed music from them. But one thing it won’t be is the music controller. Why? Because if I want to listen to music, I don’t want to turn on my TV! Say I want to listen to a song by Rhapsody. I turn on my stereo…. then what? Turn on my television to navigate and choose “Knightrider of Doom”, and hit play? I don’t think so. I like to leave my TV off when I’m not using it, and I don’t want to turn it on and off constantly for small tasks like this. Other digital music devices have their own ways to handle this. An iPod has a little screen on it. If I want to listen at my computer, I already have my monitor on. But if I want to listen to music in my kitchen or family room, I’m not going to turn on my TV, so what kind of device will they use to interface to the Xbox 360? I can’t wait to see.