Tell T-Mobile you want to set Xbox Music free by voting

Last night, T-Mobile US continued their Un-carrier promotion where they look to shake things up by introducing new consumer friendly features. One of the major announcements was in regards to streaming music on their network, which now won't count against your data usage, including no overages, no data caps and unlimited streaming. It's a pretty crazy item for a carrier to give up because as you can imagine, it's easy to go over your data allotment each month if you don't eyeball it too carefully.

The downside is T-Mobile has a pre-selected list of music streaming apps that will part of the program. Xbox Music wasn't one of them. No worries though as T-Mobile is letting users vote on which services they want included and for that, Xbox Music is included:

"App after app, we're setting streaming music free. If your go-to streaming music service isn't part of the program, speak up! Pick your favorite from the list below and enter for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy S5 and premium headphones."

You know what that means. Navigate to www.t-mobile.com/offer/free-music-streaming.html and scroll down to the bottom where you can place your vote in include Xbox Music in T-Mobile's new free-music streaming package.

Thanks, A M and Sean P., for the tip!



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irsyadhhs says:

I read "tell t-mobile you want the well xbox music app" lol

Jabid21 says:

Please vote. Our Windows Phone Central community is enough to sway some of the votes. I already voted. I don't think being a t-mobile customer is necessary

DiegoMoBa says:

I voted and I'm not even from the country, I just want for WP to gain traction in the US ha

sip1995 says:

I did the same this......

AtOmIc031 says:

haha did the same thing, for same reasons xD

MatchAttax08 says:

Did the same. Were on the lead

unnatixlr8 says:

Just voted for the community.

NIST says:

WP Central, a voting force!

pvcleave says:

I too think it is important to vote, whether you have T-Mobile or not. 

SocalTouch says:

Just voted. Come on guys, please vote to free XBM streaming for all of us.

NIST says:

Just checked the results we have made XBOX Music crush Google Access Music!!!!

Jabid21 says:

I know, it's crazy to see how influential our community can actually be.

rianext says:

Yep did the same...we are winning..! :D

Jas00555 says:

I've voted multiple times. We're tied for 2nd with Soundcloud, TuneIn Radio, and Prime streaming.

hamburg82 says:

I voted with 7 different email accounts! :)))

MatchAttax08 says:

Now were first. We crushed Google Access Music

Kritshaurya says:

What if I told you were don't have T-mobile here!

SwimSwim says:

Anyone with an email address can vote.

rockstarzzz says:

Don't care since US only is the world and not the UK - but still voted, I am nice like that.


Also - it says "UnRadio: Service not available for BlackBerry or Windows phones; service provided by Rhapsody."

allos autos says:

It looks like UnRadio is a specific service (a competitor to Xbox Music) that isn't available for BB or WP. I don't think it means that the music streaming deal in general isn't available.

ratsttam says:

Correct, the Rhapsody app isn't available for WP or BB devices. Either because they don't plan on supporting those platforms, or because it's simply not ready YET. Hopefully it's coming sooner than later. Not that we don't already have some awesome choices like Nokia Music (even free), all the way up to slacker and spotify (probably the closest to rhapsody as far as features and capability).

Aaron M says:

Yes please vote everyone. Even if your not a T-Mobile customer. We don't want to loose to Google music!

MediaCastleX says:

It's freaking crazy how many votes Google whatever has... =/

Aaron M says:

Knowing android fans, someone probably already wrote a script to keep voting for that option with different emails.

Here is the thing: there are enough "people with experties" in Windows fan club too! So don't you worry.. Cheeeeez :D

Actually its a very simple one-liner script! (474 bytes)

No need for different emails.

It is a simple exploit, I'd say flaw in their PHP (ahemm) server-side code.


Moral of the story: Don't use PHP! If you are already in bed with it, love it, inspired by its "verbosity", make a living on it and don't want to use anything otherwise; ignore this message.

Jabid21 says:

We do have to consider T-Mobile got loads of Android customers who would want it. Why they didn't offer Play Music from the beginning is grounds for pissing off a lot of them.

MikeSo says:

Is it any wonder, considering Android's dominance?

NIST says:

Check the votes at the end of the day, or at least in a few hours after the Millions and millions of WP Central viewers cast their vote.

MatchAttax08 says:

It's official. We crushed google

Aaron M says:

By the way. Anyone on T-Mobile actually noticing the free streaming? The Pandora app is still very much counting against my data. And now that I'm over my limit, its certainly being throttled.

RaRa85 says:

I wouldn't trust that is indeed immediately available. I would wait until my next bill cycle to try it or at least until we get an official email from T-Mobile.

MikeSo says:

It said the 18th.


Who can get Music Freedom and when is it available?

Music Freedom is available starting June 18th to new and existing customers with a qualified Simple Choice Plan.



Shad0wguy says:

I think it doesn't take effect until the 22nd if I recall.

Aaron M says:

I thought in the press thing it said it would be available immediately.  But yeah I guess I'll hold off until the 22nd before I freak out about it.

MikeSo says:

Do you have a Simple Choice plan? If so, it should be available now.

If not, this offer doesn't include you.

Keep in mind as well that once you're throttled, you're throttled, music or not.

mab664 says:

Google's wooping our Ass right meow

sip1995 says:

Is anybody here who uses rhapsody or Napster.....i want your opinions.

Jabid21 says:

nope...but why they left them out is stuff of wonder. Thet listed last.fm, which I don't think streams music anymore.

Jabid21 says:

Napster is rhapsody and rhapsody is in on the unradio deal. I forgot about the fact. Well Xbox is a distant second in the list as of now.

Zuka_WPC says:

Haha. I remember Napster from back in the deezy.

I don't even know what google access music is?

sip1995 says:

Google play music.....the music service from Scroogle.

MikeSo says:

But this only means that T-Mobile will pressure Microsoft (or whoever wins) to pay them to include Xbox Music, right?
Ridiculous that this should even be a vote. "Nope, I don't want my music service to be included" said nobody ever.

Jas00555 says:

Judging by your comment and comments from last night, I'm going to presume that you didn't watch the webcast. Someone asked the CEO about more services and he said that you can vote one at a time and they'll add more. Their goal is to get as many as possible on board. The 6 that they included make up ~85% of streaming music services. How are they suppose to gauge consumer interest if not by asking the communitiy? Or are you implying that they should just allow every streaming music services to take advantage of it? Because that would be kinda dumb.

Ordeith says:

How is that dumb? Allowing every music streaming service is exactly what they should do.

Jas00555 says:

No, that would be a terrible idea for them. Now, for consumers, that would sound like a dream, but if they just whitelisted every type of music file type to be streamed (I assume that's how they would do it), that opens the door to piracy and could get T-Mobile in a lot of trouble. I'm guessing that the only way that they got these brands to even support it in the first place is by saying that they would whitelist every services instead of blacklisting them. You have to remember that while this is an awesome deal, T-Mobile is a business and has to make money too.

Ordeith says:

The more practical present-day concern is about the data caps themselves," Wood said. "What's the justification for a cap if music can be so easily uncapped? Certainly not congestion. Any time a carrier says hey, pay us a little more or use a certain service and the data is free, then you have to think the cap is arbitrary in the first place."

RaRa85 says:

Are you freaking serious. The fact that they are even doing this benefits the customer/consumer. Don't be one of those never satisfied, have to have it all people. Geesh!

MikeSo says:

So does this mean that T-Mobile adds the service unilaterally? Or that the music service has to agree to T-Mobile's terms?


I don't see how what I wrote contradicts what you said.

imranjazib says:

Voted for Xbox music :)

khansabil says:

Just voted even though I'm not a t-mobile user. Lets make Xbox music the winner

AYOtornado says:

If you're not a T-mobile user then don't vote

Corepc says:

Anybody can vote once again you do not have to be t-mobile customer to vote.

mrdeezus says:

When they fix the fucking app ill vote

AYOtornado says:

I don't think Xbox music should be voted. We're not big enough on their network. You don't want to screw over t-mobile

I followed the link, the only way to vote was via Facebook...I don't use Facebook :/

Jas00555 says:

You don't need Facebook, just an email address.

poststamp says:

Voted for Xbox music too. Glad to help my wp brothers.

RaRa85 says:

I see we got a lot of Android users voting for real. Google is winning by a landslide.

rubenbest says:

Tmobile is sooo cool but their coverage suck in my area

Ordeith says:

Where do we vote to tell T-Mobile we want them to support net neutrality?

phonezzzee says:

Nobody seems to grasp that net neutrality would block this exact sort of thing.

Ordeith says:

Comcast should take note. It seems no one would support net neutrality if you just spin it the right way.

phonezzzee says:


I'm glad there are at least a few people who get it

glassadam says:

Yep, and that's a good thing.

neonspark says:

google music: the power of bundling. and the EU gets crazy when MSFT bundles a media player. WTF.

Ndelreal says:

I voted for Xbox music

xjjon says:

Voted for xbox music, I have an android(for now)

myrandex says:

Nokia Music too!

puredrive07 says:

I'm not on T-Mobile but I voted anyways for T-Mobile users

ricardios says:

I thought they only will support android and iphones

ratsttam says:

The streaming audio will be device agnostic. Won't matter what you're running if said service has support on your device. (will this work with web browser playback!??)

The android/iphone part is the Rhapsody app that they are branding for their service. It will simply be a competitor to services like (well, everything listed!), but will be included free on the qualifying plans (awesome!), or for $4/mo on non-qualifying plans (still a good deal, considering that Spotify is 9.99/mo for what appears to be similiar functionality).

DKXKnight says:

Well I voted Xbox music, but it ain't lookin good. Google squashing everybody.

kc77 says:

Looks like Xbox music is in a very distant secondish. I voted and I'm not even on Tmobile. Everyone go and vote!

anandv427 says:

First of all tell Xbox music to make a better music player Without loading and resuming.....

kjblank80 says:

Need Facebook to vote... No thanks

kc77 says:

I didn't need facebook. Just my email.

sixseven says:

Voted.  Disapointed Nokia Music wasn't even a choice.  I find I'm using that more than Pandora lately.

TechFreak1 says:

What about Nokia Music? Also voted :).

wshwe says:

The FCC should prohibit carrier policies that exempt any kind of streaming media from bandwidth caps.

Just voted. EWW, Google Music is winning by a landslide. Travesty!

Jam8240 says:

What about Nokia mix radio?

Victor Wong says:

I voted. Not a Tmo user or plan to be. Just supporting the cause.

luisvase says:

I just voted and as of right now we are (Xbox Music) in a distant second place behind Google Access Music. But how come there wasn't an option for Nokia MixRadio?

Google's All Access Music is really, really good.

stephen_az says:

...what that means is they want to do some data collection from which people have otherwise opted out. It also means people are awfully naive if they don't notice what phone they are giving away and its implications.  Oh, as they have no way of harvesting certain data unless you let them, it means as well people are volunteering for the Google style, lets give you something cheap so I can obliterate your privacy rights for a profit, approach.   Finally, it means their service still sucks in much of the country and will do anything to draw in the stupid and uninformed....

worldspy99 says:

And why should we not vote for Nokia Mix Radio?


glassadam says:

This stuff is crap and, along with at&t's sponsored data, is a dangerous game to be playing. I understand why T-Mobile users wish to vote and get Xbox Music into the system, but maybe at the same time they should be thinking about what this kind of scheme means for the future of their wireless plan.

Jazmac says:

Voted XBOX Music

Ordeith says:

Even so, T-Mobile is "choosing winners and losers online," argued Michael Weinberg, VP of consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge. In an e-mail to Ars, he wrote:

At its most basic, net neutrality is about preventing ISPs from choosing winners and losers online. This is exactly what T-Mobile is doing with this announcement. Having created artificial scarcity by throttling customers after they use a certain amount data, T-Mobile is now opening up special lanes for a handful of music services that presumably are either already popular or have someone on staff with an existing relationship with T-Mobile. This immediately creates two classes of music services—those that can get you throttled on T-Mobile and those that cannot. These classes create a barrier to any new entrants. If they can get enough customers to vote for them, they can get into the unlimited lane, but now they have to attract those customers as a service that will get them throttled. Furthermore, there are plenty of niche services that are important to their users but may never meet critical mass to get into the T-Mobile unlimited lane. Even a quick survey of people in the office this morning identified music apps from local radio stations like WFMU and KCRW and bigger subscription services like those from Google and Rdio that don't make the cut. WFMU and KCRW might be popular by community radio standards, but they are unlikely to be a position to get into the T-Mobile unlimited club.

More generally, this plan highlights again how data caps are currently being used by ISPs to manipulate their customers' experience online. Whether it is Comcast exempting its own video services from a data cap or T-Mobile blessing a handful of music services, these caps allow ISPs to push people toward some services over others. That fundamentally changes the nature of competition online.

MikeSo says:

Thank you. The shortsightedness of most commenters here is astounding.

jgbstetson says:

Yup, this is a slippery slope that others are testing. T-Mobile was just a little more slick about it. Too bad...

AriesDog says:

I have T-Mobile and a Windows Phone. This would be nice.

Enuniq says:

Wouldn't it be epic if Xbox Music suddenly went ahead because of the WP community!

jabtano says:

Now if only T-MO US would start carrying more WP.

Prensescim says:

Just voted and at this moment it looks like Xbox music app is in 2nd place!! Keep the votes coming!!

I love T-Mobile's ideas and features, but hate its coverage. I need a bit more time until I can switch...

swizzlerz says:

Voted in in Canada. Were in 2nd place!

TechJunkie81 says:

Just voted.  We're in 1st place.  Keep voting.

Nutta1 says:

Voted from Australia assuming this might take off and happen down here at some stage we must as a community support these initiatives together.

TechAbstract says:

Is there a direct link to the voting site? I am guessing it's over

MikeSo says:

The link is in the article. Scroll down the page. It's not over.


textomatic says:

Vote for Xbox but vote for Soundcloud, too!!!!

swizzlerz says:

Seams like google is catching up

NewNeoM says:

From Australia too! Voted!

Acejax805 says:

Just voted. Good news, latest count shows XBM 27 lines, Google music 21. We have almost maxed out the bar for XBM! Keep it up.

ReconVirus says:

Keep voting :D support windows phone by voting for xbm!!!

eddieDOTexe says:

Wow you guys pushed it up quite a bit. Nice.

imranjazib says:

Windows phone fans are the best.Xbox music FTW