The software maker has spoken with some of the major record companies about creating a music service to serve Xbox and an upcoming Windows-based phone.
Microsoft is in talks with some of the major record companies about creating a new music service, CNET has learned.
The software maker, which has a spotty record in digital music, has discussed creating a delivery service that would supply tunes to the Xbox as well as an upcoming Windows-based phone, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
It was unclear exactly how this will differ from Microsoft's Zune Music Pass, which is the music service currently available to Xbox subscribers.
Negotiations are still in a preliminary stage and the two sides have yet to drill down into all the specifics, the sources said.