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It looks like Microsoft is trying harder than ever to turn the Xbox 360 into your home media hub, announcing a boatload of new apps headed to Live, starting with a handful you’ll be able to start enjoying this very week.

Major Nelson made the announcement official on his blog this afternoon, saying that this week’s selection of new apps are just the beginning of what will be a long-running series of releases worldwide.

“Exciting news from Xbox today with more than 40 new global entertainment partners coming to Xbox Live,” said Sr. Nelson. Br>
Nelson goes on to say that the list of apps, which can be found at the above link, will be rolled out between now and 2013. Keep in mind that only some of the listed apps will be coming to the U.S., as each app’s release regions are listed in parenthesis next to each name. Some highlights, though, include the likes of Crunchyroll, Flixster, GameTrailers, IndieFlix, MTV and, um, The CW Network?

While those apps could take up to six months to get here, however, a handful of new apps are hitting Live this week. These include news network CNET, a nifty Karaoke app, “beautiful women, cool gear and funny videos” from Maxim and SkyDrive, which allows you to share videos, photos, etc. between your Xbox 360 and other devices.

Apps should start going live today, though Nelson encourages patience as they roll out in waves over the next couple of days.
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