Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep

Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep

Summary: Microsoft is reducing the Zune Pass monthly fee from $14.99 to $9.99, but is also no longer going to offer the 10 free songs per month option.

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A few weeks ago there was information that Microsoft was changing Zune Music Pass terms and now we see that they have confirmed several changes that include dropping the price $5 per month. I am a major Zune Musc Pass fan and have an annual subscription that provides me with 10 songs per month to keep. Starting next week, on 3 October, the $14.99 Zune Music Pass offering with 10 songs will no longer be available to new subscribers.

While I do like that I can keep 10 songs a month, I rarely ever do anything with those songs other than listen to them on my Windows Phone or Zune HD and about 1/2 the time I forget to "purchase" the songs anyway. I prefer to stream music or download it through a subscription (you still get unlimited downloads with supported devices) so this new Zune Pass program now matches all of the other $10/month mobile music clients like Spotify, Slacker Radio, Rdio, and more.

Canada will also be getting access to the Zune Music Pass on 3 October so our friends to the north can enjoy what we have here in the U.S.

Microsoft also revealed that streaming music videos will be coming to the Zune Music Pass and their PC software. Later this year you will be able to stream these videos to a Xbox 360.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RE: Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep

    I have mixed feeling for it. I collect the music and listen to them while offline mostly on road where connectivity is a problem. $10 a month is good price, probably I would end up buying music and listen instead of stream when there is no data connectivity using the rest of $5.
    Ram U
    • Can still listen offline

      @Rama.NET You can still download and listen to all the music your device can hold with Zune Music Pass. The change is just the 10 free songs you keep (buy). I forget to download and use them half the time anyway so all this really means to me is I pay $5 less per month :)
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • RE: Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)

        Yea i never remember to download it so this is good news to me. Like you said $5 less.
        FlatbushE21
      • RE: Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
        Very good point. I completely forgot about it. I am happy, $5 less in a month. :-)
        Ram U
      • RE: Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller) I look at it this way, with the $5 dollars I save, I can go buy a full album from the Amazon MP3 store each month instead of just 10 songs.

        The Zune store doesn't seem to have as many deals on albums as Amazon. I always found it annoying that I could never buy entire albums with my free songs in one month. I would have to download 10 and then get the rest the next month.
        nick@...
  • RE: Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep

    Microsoft should have rolled out Zune pass/Market to the entire world. zune has the best experience. I always wonder why MS never sold Zune hardware outside North America. MS left a lot of money on the table.

    MS can now push Zune pass/Market with Wp7 and make some handsome money.
    owlnet
  • RE: Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep

    That sucks. I love that 10 songs to keep forever. Justifies the 15 bucks a month in my eyes. Also allows me to keep my favorite songs forever so if I dump Zune I still have my music. Much rather pay that 5 bucks.
    sharkboyjohn
    • RE: Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep

      @sharkboyjohn

      If you are already a Zune Pass subscriber then you have the ability to stay on the same agreement for the same price. This only will happen if you let your Zune Pass expire or for NEW Zune Pass subcribers.
      smfrazz
  • Can you say FIRE SALE!

    Hey, they know the Zune rats are fleeing a sinking ship. Let's give away the store!
    ScorpioBlue
    • Did you even read the article?

      @ScorpioBlue

      Just wondering.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep

    As long as they never take away the 10 songs a month I get to keep, I will keep my Zune Pass subscription forever.

    There is never going to be a better deal.
    cool8man