A Zune Pass is a monthly subscription that allows you 10 downloaded songs a month to keep forever, and an unlimited number of songs to stream.Â You can play your music on your Zune device, WP7, Xbox 360, and your PC.Â Itâ€™s $14.99 a month- so you can think of it as paying $10 for 10 songs you can keep forever + $5 for an unlimited number of songs youâ€™re borrowing.Â As long as youâ€™re a Zune Pass subscriber, then all of the music youâ€™ve put on your device stays on your device.Â If you donâ€™t use all of your 10 song credits in a month, you lose them (AKA: they donâ€™t roll over).
Iâ€™ve had a Zune Pass the entire time Iâ€™ve had my Zune HD, and Iâ€™ve never considered canceling it.Â The Zune Pass is usually one of the features that gets iPod users thinking about jumping ship.
I put music into two categories: â€œClassicsâ€ and â€œTrendyâ€.Â There are some songs I know that Iâ€™ll love forever, and other songs are just a flash in the pan.Â I use my 10 monthly credits to buy the songs that are keepers, and the unlimited downloads get used by songs Iâ€™ll be sick of hearing after a few months.
Iâ€™ve also used the Zune Pass when I know I like a few songs on an album- the credits go towards the few songs that I like, and the rest of the album is filled in by the unlimited downloads.
One thing you need to be careful with is how many devices and computers you use your Zune Pass with.Â The official Zune Pass rules are here: http://www.zune.net/en-us/products/learningcenter/zunepass/features/threecomputers.htm; as it says on the official page, â€œThree computers, three devicesâ€.Â You can change one computer, and one Zune device every 30 days, too.Â You can also stream music from zune.net via your web browser when you sign in.
The language on this is kind of vague- it doesnâ€™t explicitly say that the three & three need to belong to just one person (the assumption being that three computers and three devices would belong to multiple people), but the official terms of service (http://www.zune.net/en-US/legal/termsofservice.htm) kind of imply that the Zune Pass is for an individual.Â Iâ€™m not a lawyer, but I havenâ€™t heard of a family getting busted for sharing a Zune Pass.
Overall, Iâ€™m a fan of the Zune Pass because it allows me to just enjoy music.Â I never need to worry if a song is â€œworthâ€ getting; I just use my unlimited downloads.Â I think Iâ€™ve actually expanded my musical taste because of it.