Microsoft is entering the streaming music market. Hooray.

Word on the street is that Microsoft will be entering the streaming music market. The plan is to copy emulate Spotify: offer free streaming with limited commercial interruption, and the option to purchase music for download. Just what the world needs, another streaming solution. Another boutique music store. Another walled garden from which digital content can be rationed out to the masses, replete with digital restrictions management.

I’m sure Microsoft’s streaming service will be top-quality. No, really, I am. I’m sure it’ll integrate beautifully with their Zune product line. I’m sure it’ll make the XBox 360 an even better “digital entertainment hub”. I’m sure some people will be very happy with it. But really, do we need yet another streaming solution? Is this actually good for consumers?

Via The Telegraph.