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The Zune Marketplace will no longer offer media rentals or sales at the end of the month as part of the abandonment of Microsoft Points.
This change is similar to the shutting down of Games for Windows Live. The Zune store is shutting down, but it's really more of a conversion. You will still be able to access the content you purchased through the Zune marketplace. Xbox Music Pass subscribers and owners of the original Zune Music Pass will not be affected by this change, and will still be able to to stream video and music from the service.
Unspent Microsoft Points in the Zune store, however, must be spent before the conversion takes place. Users are encouraged to switch over to the Xbox Music and Video digital stores as soon as possible.
You can find out more about the changes on Microsoft's FAQ.
[Source: Microsoft via Polygon]
Our TakeThe Zune has been struggling for Market Share with the iPod and iTunes since the device's release in 2006. Despite having some interesting features, like the ability to share music wirelessly between devices, it just never caught on. The hardware was retired back in 2011, and now with the Zune Store's departure, it seems like the Zune brand is finally getting retires, too.
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It's a shame Microsoft didn't keep pushing the Zune. The Zune HD was such a slick little device: nice design, pretty good sound quality (very warm but good detail) and an incredibly smooth UI.
I loved the Zune. My Zune that I bought in 2007 still works, which is 4 years longer than my iPod lasted. It's too bad that the product never caught on, because they offered a great service to accompany it with the Zune Pass (which is transferring to the Xbox Music subscription), and in my opinion the Zune was a better MP3 player overall. Of course, devices that only play MP3s are a dying breed. I'm just disappointed that the support for the Zune is going away.
Still use my Zune to this day, I prefer it over most android music players, well the free ones anyway haha.
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MAN.....I miss my Zune HD being so useful...after Spotify became a part of my life and Zune Marketplace became befuddled by their transition to Xbox Music, I now only use my phone. But I loved that OS and the hardware, it was really a bummer to see the utter lack of support it received.
I have a first generation 30G Zune and I use it every day. It survived the ZY2K, two screen breaks (and fixes), and a million falls which I like to say are battle scars. I love it dearly and have been resistant to a switch since I like it too much. It's a great product and I'm sad to see it be ignored, specially since Microsoft hasn't released something in it's place.
Lol windows copies everything Mac does after Mac is already cemented as the go to store. First they ripped off iPod with zune, then the iPhone with windows phones, and finally the iPad with the whatever it's called. I'm glad that it always fails, ripping off someone's work is a one way ticket to no for me. In fact, you can say almost all Microsoft products are just rip-offs of something else, and they always take so long the market is already made. I would have to say there biggest downfall is when they actually were a monopoly they decided theyll sell crap and told everyone they were going to buy it because it was their only option. Windows op is one huge failure, something that freezes every fifteen minutes should have never been sold. They actually had me back with the xbox, until my 360 got the red ring three times and they wanted to start charging me to replace it.
I thought they changed to this a while ago.