Everyone remembers the Microsoft Zune. When Microsoft released the Zune on November 14, 2006, supporters of the Microsoft world decided to put their iPods in closets and drawers and decided to pick up the new Microsoft Zune. When the Zune was purchased, buyers obtained a music subscription service known as, Zune Music Pass for video and music streaming.
Sadly, on August 22, Microsoft stated that they will be shutting their doors on the Microsoft music player. The switch from the “Microsoft Points” to local currencies caused for the shut down of the Zune marketplace.
As of October 2012, the Marketplace was replaced by services offered on Xbox Music, Xbox Music Pass, Xbox Video, and the Windows Phone Store. As a result, Microsoft wants to make Xbox’s new services the focal point of the Xbox One, rather than the dead Zune brand. Even though the Zune is going away, it’s not any kind of “death blow” to Microsoft, obviously. Microsoft still has services that will allow people to stream video’s and music and other content via, Xbox Video on the Xbox 360, and Windows 8 PC and Tablets. Also, we all know, the release of the Xbox One will be one of the best hardware supporters of this service.
As for the very few people that have a Zune and are worried about their content, don’t be. Microsoft mentioned that there will be no impact on the content that users have and they will still be able to access their content through their Musical Pass Subscription and be able to redeem their 10 monthly song credits.
The Zune Pass isn’t the only service that Microsoft is flushing. We also wrote that Microsoft will be shutting down the PC marketplace Games for Windows Live. They are shutting that service down all for the same reason the Zune service is being powered down. The FAQ page mentions that all Microsoft Points holders need to start using up all their points as soon as they can before the new update on August 22. They also made the comment of gamer’s will not be able to purchase new games in the marketplace, but they will still be able to download previous content through the Games for Windows Client.
Even though these two services are going away with the wind, I know once the Microsoft Xbox One hits store shelves, everyone will quickly forget about what happened on August 22. Besides, how many people do you know actually own a Zune in the first place. I know hmmmm, yep, NONE.