Xbox Live Introduces New and Updated Apps for Xbox 360 Console

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Today Xbox Live’s Major Nelson announced news relating to apps on the Xbox 360 Console via his website.

Rhapsody (Launching in the United States)
With Rhapsody on Xbox 360, you can choose from a catalog of millions of songs.  Having a party? Create playlists and jam all night long.  Enjoy new releases every week, plus listen to our Featured, Popular, Artist and Genre Radio.

Blip.TV (Launching in the United States)
Blip lets you discover, watch and share the best in original web series. Choose from hundreds of hand-picked dramas, comedies, lifestyle, sports and other series. Get your web series fix on the large screen in the comfort of your own home.

IGN (Now available in Canada)
Get the best of IGN from the comfort of your couch with the official IGN app for Xbox 360. IGN delivers original video content, live streams, reviews and shows like Strategize, IGN Pro League, and the Daily Fix. Queue up reviews, news, previews, and walkthroughs for your favorite games and have them available right at your fingertips. And with Kinect, you can even play, pause, and rewind what you’re watching with your voice or a wave of your hand.

LOVEFiLM UK (Updating in United Kingdom)
Watch thousands of LOVEFILM movies, streamed instantly to your Xbox. LOVEFiLM Subscribers on packages of 6,99€ or above can watch films instantly and get the UK’s largest selection of DVD and Xbox games. And the best bit? All this comes as part of your subscription. That’s right, thousands of films to watch instantly at no extra cost.

LOVEFiLM Deutschland (Launching in Germany)
Watch thousands of LOVEFILM movies, streamed instantly to your Xbox. LOVEFiLM Subscribers on packages of 6,99€ or above can watch films instantly and get the Germany’s largest selection of DVD and Xbox games. And the best bit? All this comes as part of your subscription. That’s right, thousands of films to watch instantly at no extra cost.

RTL XL (Launching in the Netherlands)
Watch the best RTL programs through the RTL XL Xbox application.

TOU.TV (Launching in Canada)
North America’s leading French-language entertainment web TV site, with over 2,000 hours of free video content from across the French-speaking world. Its vast inventory of content, such as serial dramas, soap, documentaries and web series, make it THE ultimate entertainment platform.

Of course many of these still need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to use them and this continues to be a sticking point for many users who fork out anywhere between $40 and $60 a month year (thanks Ed) for the subscription. This is usually on top of a subscription fee for the service itself such as Netflix and Hulu Plus.

I think many would like to see this eased up instead of having to basically pay a double fee to get to the content.

What do you think? Should there be some compromise between the two?

Source: Major Nelson – New Apps Launch on Xbox LIVE

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