Microsoft's newest beta Xbox 360 dashboard update also provides a glimpse of Xbox Music, ahead of any official announcements detailing the upcoming digital music service which is expected to supplant the Zune brand. Indeed, users who decided to investigate Xbox Music interface discovered pricing details for subscription fees which were pretty much the same as those for current Zune Music Passes; a monthly pass to Xbox Music has been priced at £8.99, while an annual subscription fee will run users £89.90.
These pricing tiers obviously apply to the UK, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see US subscription fees follow suit in adopting the current Zune Music service prices for North America ($9.99/month, $99.90/year). Subscription to a Xbox Music Pass grants users unlimited access to the service's music collection across Windows PC, Windows Phone, and of course Xbox 360. Xbox Live Gold level membership will still be required to access Xbox Music streaming. Users will be able to save playlists to a Xbox Music cloud, presumably to allow syncing to multiple supported devices. Unfortunately it appears there is no support for background playback of music, meaning the music stops as soon as users exit out of the Xbox Music interface and back into the Dashboard.
In case you weren't keen on paying more subscription fees on Xbox Live, it was discovered earlier this month (via NeoGAF) that users will be able to enjoy a free ad-supported "radio" version of Xbox Music as well, though it is also possible that Microsoft will offer a free 30-day trial period. Xbox Music is currently expected to launch alongside Windows Phone 8 later this fall.