Zune Marketplace makes a brief appearance in Canada

Canadian Zune users may soon have access to classics like "The Lumberjack Song" by Monty Python.

Josh from Zunited reports that, while installing the 4.8.2098.0 update for the Zune desktop software necessary to sync with Windows Phone Mango, a skeleton of a Canadian Zune Marketplace for Music and Podcasts briefly showed up.

He writes:

So as I am doing a routine clean-up of my music library, I clicked onto the Marketplace as I sometimes do in hopes of finding something on sale and to my surprise, the option for music and podcasts appeared along with videos and apps.

Double and triple checking that my locale was in fact, Canada

Obviously it goes without saying: mind blown. My excitement was somewhat extinguished to discover that there was no actual content in the music or podcast sections. But things like categories, “Top Songs,” and other framework items were visible.

Unfortunately trying to link from an artist via the “more about this artist” method proved unsuccessful as an error message was received telling me that the artist no longer existed in the marketplace. Leaving the conclusion that the Canadian Zune music Marketplace was a temporary mirage.

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore recently promised that Zune Marketplace will expand to other countries, and it may be that this is to coincide with the launch of Mango. Hopefully this mirage is a portend of things to come.

Read more at Zunited here.

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