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

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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

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."

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

If not, this offer doesn't include you.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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!

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.

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

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

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).

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

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

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?

...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....

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.

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.

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

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.