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Zune Pass Officially Announced for the UK

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Zune Pass Officially Announced for the UK

Microsoft is bringing its Zune Pass service to the UK, confirming reports from back in July that it was going to do so.

The Zune Pass will, as we suspected, cost £8.99 a month, and will provide unlimited downloading and streaming of music to Windows PCs, upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices and Xbox Live.

While Microsoft said that the service will be rolling out internationally, at the moment what it offers in different countries is variable as it has to deal with local rights issues.

The Zune Pass subscription service will also be rolled out in France, Italy and Spain, but while in the US customers on the $14.99 package are able to permanently keep 10 tracks a month, the equivalent won’t be offered in the Europe.

If you want to buy music outright you’ll be able to in the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany and the format will be standard MP3.

UK Xbox Live Gold customers will also be able to either rent, or download to own movies on their Xbox, Windows machines and also sync them to Windows Phone 7 devices.

Microsoft said it has upgraded the Zune software to version 4.7 and added new features and that it will act as the Windows Phone 7 synchronisation software.

Overall it seems like a convincing, integrated offering from Microsoft, giving it a firm alternative to iTunes and making Windows Phone 7 a much more enticing prospect. Indeed with its installed base on Xbox 360’s one could argue that it has a much better offering than Cupertino does with Apple TV and with music streaming support to Windows Phone 7, it's also ahead Apple in that regard too.

Pbryanw

September 21, 2010, 3:58 pm

Unfortunately, looks like this isn't a precursor to getting the Zune HD hardware:


http://www.pocket-lint.com/new...





Which I was looking forward to. And not being able to keep a number of tracks permanently, is also a disappointment.

Stelph

September 21, 2010, 4:42 pm

I wonder why they took away the "keep 10 tracks a month" option, that was what made the Zune pass so appealing, unlimited streaming but you would actually end up with your own copies at the end...





Shame, currently id say the sweet spot for streaming music like spotify ect on mobie phones is £4.99 a month, id be happy to pay £8.99 - £9.99 a month but id be wanting to keep some of the tracks so I think ill be passing on the Zune Pass

kingosticks

September 21, 2010, 4:54 pm

Would it be safe to assume this won't be made available to my Android phone or Linux desktop? I can't see Spotify coming to my Xbox anytime soon.

HSC

September 21, 2010, 6:36 pm

Napster is £5pm unlimited streaming + tracks to keep





and they've just launched an iOS app (US)

Stelph

September 21, 2010, 8:53 pm

@HSC - Excellent! We have a winner, now just needs to come out over here please :-)

Luan Bach

September 21, 2010, 10:26 pm

So, you'll have to be a Gold user on xbox live to use the service ? Pay for 2 lots of subscriptions ? They can sod off.

Runadumb

September 22, 2010, 1:40 am

I agree with the above. Disappointing losing the 10 tracks to keep deal and without a mobile app it will only really appeal to WP7 users. If I was going to buy one of those devices I would more than likely choose Zune but as I use android I will avoid it.

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