And the Zune backend platform will become a “Nokia services on Azure” offering, with content from Netflix, Last.fm & Hulu among others.
Zune Pass will slowly be merged with Xbox Live Gold, adding more 3rd-party content to the subscription (like ESPN).
There has long been rumblings that Zune brand will be subsumed into the Windows Live umbrella. Adding Zune music subscriptions to Xbox Live and adding value with more media may be the master stroke Microsoft needs to take their Zune subscriptions to the next level and is exactly the kind of integration pundits have long been asking for.
Like so many other rumours, we may find out in less than 2 days.