Zune Marketplace retiring as early as November 22nd

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Microsoft just sent out a notice that Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content, or browsing movies and TV shows, beginning as early as November 22, 2013. This is part of the Fall 2013 update that also retires Microsoft Points for local currency. Remaining Microsoft Points balance are transitioned to local currency when initiating a purchase or redeeming a Microsoft Points card or code on your Xbox 360.

For videos, you can rent and buy the latest movies and TV shows using Xbox Video on Xbox 360, or Windows 8.1 and RT PCs and tablets. You can access Xbox Video on the web and Xbox One console starting November 22nd. Windows Phone 8 devices get it as early as this holiday.

For music, you can purchase your favorite songs and albums using local currency on Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets. No word on Windows Phone 8.

In a similar recent announcement, Microsoft announced that "Xbox Video content you own as of then, will no longer be playable through the Zune PC client, Zune devices, or Windows Phone 7 devices", signaling the further end of Zune. 

What will replace all of this Zune functionality for video playback and rental? Microsoft did announce the Xbox Video app coming for Windows Phone, so perhaps the stars will align soon.

Source: Microsoft 



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Zulfigar says:

Bummer, was a great player of its time. Long live Zune.

andrew1967 says:

"I pledge allegiance to the Zune of the United Microsoft 8.1 and to the Windows Phone for which it stands, one nation under Microsoft, indivisible, with liberty and Updates for all."

Donny James says:

[Saluting] a tear runs down my cheek.

Rishicash says:

Had I known that Zune doesn't work with 8.1, I would never have upgraded! Thanks for the heads-up MS!!

DalekSnare says:

Zune works fine in 8.1, until the marketplace retires, which will be independent of OS.

Rishicash says:

Not for me it doesn't and several people on the MS boards. Seems to work for some and not for others. If you use it, did you have it on 8.0 then upgraded to 8.1 and it worked? I'm trying to figure out what the problem might be.

All I need is for the Zune to sync with the music files on my PC and I don't care how it's done as long as it works properly, which from what I'm reading, it doesn't with anything other than the Zune software.

el-ojo says:

Well, yeah. I guess that's what he meant.There's actually no better way to use it than the Zune software. I have come to accept XBOX MUSIC and Zune Music as separate entities.

I look at it as getting two subs with one account. My WP8 I use exclusively with XBOX MUSIC. I don't download anything on the PC through XBOX MUSIC. Only on my phone. Everything PC related I use My Zune software. Actually, I even stopped using the XBOX MUSIC software. I use the web app exclusively.

Rishicash says:

If only I could get my Zune software to work!

tbkern466 says:

Xbox Video for Windows Phone soon please. Not in February like that one rumor floating around

larspassic says:

In the email it states that Xbox Video is coming to Windows Phone as soon as this holiday season.

kwajr says:

Yes I tipped them last night about that they left that statement off the article

Raesu says:

Yes and also left out that xboxvideo.com is going live on the 22nd. That is huge to leave out....

kwajr says:

The fact that Xbox video is coming in less the 2 months to WP and they blow it off

Menzlo says:

I was worried that my 10 credits would finally disappear, but I'm glad to find out that they won't.

Temporary sigh of relief however I know the day is coming...

kendric84 says:

Are you talking about the ten free songs a month?  I have that as well and as of today still don't see any way of using them in the xBox Music app for Windows 8.1.

Eric Chew says:

You can buy songs using your credits using Windows Phone 8 (post GDR2 I think).  Ive doing that for a couple months now.  Then copy the songs using the Windows Phone app for Windows 8.

theefman says:

They will one day, I bought Iron Man on Zune and now don't have access anymore and am being prompted to buy it again. Digital services are crap.

simphf says:

There's something about November 22. Hmmmm.

Isn't that the day that skynet goes live?

lippidp says:

I really hope so. Our current leaders suck and need to be replaced by advanced machinery.

Rug says:

This is really messed up. I used to listen to music all the time through Zune at work. Using Xbox Music on 8/8.1 blows. I guess they just hate desktop users. Whoever came up with this plan should be kicked in the nuts.

Dk92 says:

If it does go live, we'll probably just get the 3rd party version months later called netcloud. :P

Nov 22nd is turning out to be a Huge Day for Microsoft.... XBOX ONE Launch, NOKIA Lumia 1520, NOKIA 2520 Tablet now ZUNE shutdown.

btbam91 says:

Wait, so does that mean I can't download Xbox music content on Zune anymore? When I download it through the music app on windows 8.1, it won't work in Winamp!!!

kwajr says:

Doesn't mention music

el-ojo says:

Because it's not supposed to. You're leasing the music. You don't own it, unless you're grandfathered with the 10 songs

Don't worry, it's industry standard. You don't own anything from any subscription that gives you unlimited downloads.

kwajr says:

I'm just saying that it didn't mention music as being phased out of the Zune client the headline that WP central uses isn't even the one ms used in the email

3rase says:

Its a burning platform.

MadSci2 says:

That leaves my 10 Free Downloads o'er month where exactly?

This us the kind of shitty customer service that MS is legendary for.What about the millions of WinPhone7 users who's devices have just been relegated to junk status? WP7 is the dominant version in lots if developing markets, dies MS just expect everyone there to happily shell out for another MS product after this? I swear the CR and Marketing people at MS all need to go!

schlubadub says:

At least you got 10 downloads. Zune Pass in Australia doesn't give us any, and it's more expensive!

oscarbum says:

From the Zune website:

I’m on the original Zune Music Pass that allows me to download 10 songs per month. Will I still be able to redeem my song credits in the Zune Marketplace?
Yes. There will be no impact to your original Zune Music Pass or your ability to redeem your 10 monthly song credits.

Zeroplanetz says:

So all my previous purchased videos will no longer work on my PC thru Zune? How? I've downloaded them. Are they gonna send an update that kills the Zune player? I don't follow. I love Zune. I hate this ending.

Neusyn says:

Farewell Zune, my dear companion :'(

newdelhead says:

I still use my 80g Zune almost every day. I just hope I can still sync it with my computer since I am constantly adding new music all the time. Zune, come back!

Rishicash says:

I just sadly discovered that you cannot. Zune is not compatible with 8.1. Had I known, I wouldn't have upgraded.

Not sure if you're speaking about in the future, but as of current both my desktop and laptop run 8.1 and I'm able to use my Zune software and sync my Zune HD with both computers.

What about people who use Zune HD still where will I get my music if the Zune app is gone

schlubadub says:

This is pretty stupid. It was only launched in Australia something like 18 months ago. We couldn't buy or rent anything for the first 12 months after WP7 launched. I realise it's been in the US for much longer, but it still leaves a bitter taste for those that aren't on-board with W8 or WP8 yet. It doesn't affect me, but I know a few people that won't be too happy about it.

mrdeezus says:

Too bad because Xbox music is no where near what Zune software is,was.

Rug says:

Yup, not even close, and it is in so much disrepair, yet barely any updates.

wetworker says:

I've never bought any kind of content with zmp, however it's my #1 music playback software on my desktop. Nothing else comes close to it. As long as I can't still play my music through it I'll be very happy.

Another ecosystem Microsoft has bailed on and left us high and dry. Ugh (and no, Xbox Music and Video doesn't even come close to be a replacement).

donebrasko says:

Will I be able to download music with zune pass on my wp7 phone. I use a focus

jabtano says:

To bad because ms wants you to spend 500 for xboxone..zune on the desktop rocks..the more I see from ms the less I'm liking it. Very slow updates things still don't work right in 8.1 and wp8

This sucks best platform ever.

Yup. I have a 1020 and I when I look @ my current transfer tool vs Zune I draw a look on my face like the one the cowboy had in the opening of the movie Wagons East with John Candy.

ScubaDog says:

More importantly, what about the 10 credits that those of us who have the grandfathered Zune Pass?  Are we losing that once we are forced to use Xbox Music exclusively?

el-ojo says:

Hopefully WPCENTRAL can get clarification on this. All I have ever read leads me to believe we'll be safe for the time being. But I think we're next on the list :-(

alman650 says:

I think this is bullcrap considering that there isn't an Xbox Music app for windows 7.

Doesn't really matter to me.. As long as I can sync my media from pc using the Zune software

Kadcidxa says:

Long as I can sync my own data to my Focus, I am happy. I will be switching to Android soon. When WP8 and W8 store merges I will consider buying a Windows Phone again.

Zune user since the beginning, had every generation of devices and have no problem saying Xbox Music > Zune.

el-ojo says:

Cool story bro...

reckoner04 says:

This leaves some important questions.
1. Can we still use our Zune players?
2. If so, will we be able to sync new content to our Zune devices?

I really hope they have a consumer friendly solution that doesn't leave Zune lovers out to dry.

Can we still get new music and still be able to sync it to our devices?