Microsoft: Zune Music services will be retired on Nov 15th

Zune Desktop UI
Zune Desktop UI

Microsoft has announced that Zune services will be retired as of November 15, 2015. You will no longer be able to stream or download content to your device from the Zune music service. However, Zune devices will still function as music players and any MP3 content that you own on the Zune device will remain there. You’ll also be able to transfer music to and from your Zune player. Existing Zune Music Pass subscriptions will be converted to Groove Music Pass subscriptions.

I have a Zune Music Pass subscription with 10 free tracks per month. What will happen to it?

Your Zune Music Pass will be migrated to a Groove Music Pass between October 15 and November 15, 2015. How that happens depends on what kind of subscription you have:

  • Monthly subscribers will be automatically converted upon the next renewal date at the new rate of $9.99 per month.
  • 3-month pass subscribers will be converted to a monthly pass during the time frame at the new rate of $9.99 per month. If you cancel your Zune Music Pass before your three months are up, you may be eligible for a partial refund.
  • Annual subscribers will be converted to an annual Groove Music Pass at the new rate of $99.90 per year and your yearly cycle will begin fresh with the new Music Pass. If you cancel your Zune Music Pass before your year is up, you may be eligible for a partial refund.

If you opt for the Groove Music Pass, your 3-month or annual term will be reset in the October 15 to November 15 window. Note While there are no more free tracks to download, you’ll have access to all music in the Groove catalog.

Source: Microsoft via: WC

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