Thanks Microsoft, I will now subscribe to the Zune Pass

Thanks Microsoft, I will now subscribe to the Zune Pass

Summary: Larry posted the news about the updated Zune Pass music subscription service and after checking out the press release in detail I am going to sign back up for the monthly service. Getting to keep some songs for my own collection each month was the kicker that pushed me over the edge because now there is some real tangible value from the service in case it ever ends.

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Thanks Microsoft, I will now subscribe to the Zune PassLarry posted the news about the updated Zune Pass music subscription service and after checking out the press release in detail I am going to sign back up for the monthly service. Getting to keep some songs for my own collection each month was the kicker that pushed me over the edge because now there is some real tangible value from the service in case it ever ends.

I have a very small personal collection of music and enjoy using subscription services because I have a broad range of tastes (classic rock, christian, jazz, country, etc.) and enjoy trying out lots of different genres. I used the Yahoo! Music service for a couple of years on my mobile phones and devices (it worked on Nokia Nseries and Windows Mobile devices). I tried the Zune Pass music subscription a couple of times in the past, but never went longer than a couple of months because I stopped carrying my Zune. The new deal lets you keep 10 songs per month (about a US$10 value) for the same US$14.99 monthly subscription fee (I pay tax too because I am in Washington State with Microsoft). Still, if I can keep DRM-free tracks each month and build up my collection then I am happy.

Now, if Microsoft could add Zune support to Windows Mobile then I would be extremely happy to take my music with me everywhere. For now, I will use my 4GB Black Zune to listen to music.

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  • Now this is getting interesting!!

    Microsoft is really laser focused on consumer demands recently. Where was this focus just 2 years ago. My compliments MS!
    CrashPad
    • How many consumers demand puke green zunes

      Great color choices, not!
      GoPower
      • Like you are FORCED to buy the green one <nt>

        nt
        Qbt
  • RE: Thanks Microsoft, I will now subscribe to the Zune Pass

    Wow Nice. I already subscribe just auto updating
    channels. I wanted them to bring it down to $10/mo but
    this seems to be way more. I usually end up buying the
    tracks that I really like and its definitely not more
    than 10 a month. This is awesome.

    I'm loving the new Sudoku game in the last firmware
    update as well.
    Gnutella
  • M$ is Johnny come late

    Apple still sells cheaper than M$:
    Apple $9.90 for 10 songs
    M$ 14.99 for 10 songs.
    Linux Geek
    • and what does apple charge?

      What does Apple charge for unlimited music?


      If you're going t buy, get your music on Amazon - no
      DRM, and you can throw it in your Zune or iTunes
      folder after you download it.
      coffeeshark
      • Yes, except

        They don't offer half the selection iTunes does. Alot of people dislike iTunes for valid reasons, but often the song, movie or tv show you are looking for is [b]only[/b] offered on iTunes. That is still its greatest advantage.
        Tigertank
        • Which half are you talking about?

          I've Heard this before..For those of us who don't care about the Pet Shop Boys Extended Euro Disco version of "What have I done to Deserve This", The Zune store gives us all the music we need.

          I'm sure the collection is smaller (The Zune store hasn't been up nearly as long as iTMS), but what, substantially, is missing from it that the majority of potential customers are looking for?
          FearTheDonut
          • The good half

            Sure most services have Britney Spears, the Jonas
            Brothers and all the other top 40 Pop, teen bands,
            but if your into certain indie bands or foreign
            groups, you will have better luck on iTunes than
            anywhere else.
            Are you really arguing against a better and more
            varied musical selection? Really?!?
            I'm not sure the [i]majority of potential
            customers[/i] would agree.
            Infact, considering iTunes is the far and away the
            most popular online media store, I'm sure they
            wouldn't.
            Tigertank
          • indie and foreign

            the Microsoft Zune groups literally have dedicated
            teams that create indie and foreign music lists.
            They've recently signed agreements with, for instance,
            Latin music companies, to provide even more diverse
            music. It's incredible, and the Music Pass is exactly
            what you want to experience it all, not buying
            individual tracks on iTunes.

            But you'd have to actually use it to know that.

            And, as I mentioned before, you can buy from Amazon if
            you can't find something on the Zune marketplace. I
            buy most of my music on Amazon to ensure DRM-free
            tracks.
            coffeeshark
          • That sounds like a marketing pitch.

            but the reality is that iTunes still has over 4 million more songs available than Zune Marketplace. Again, [b]4 Million more songs.[/b]
            I'm sure ZM is trying to take measures to close that cyclopean gap (What else can they do) but that is alot of songs missing from their library.
            Tigertank
          • marketing?

            I just prefer people hear from someone who actually
            uses the device and Marketplace, rather than obsessing
            on number of tracks and songs they conceivably may not
            find.

            And the initial comments (and blog) were on the Pass,
            which iTunes doesn't have, that allows you to
            experience tons of new music without paying for every
            track, plus keep 10 of them, making your Pass cost
            roughly $4.99, if you had paid $.99 for each of the 10
            tracks.

            So, for 15 bucks, you can experience 15 indie and
            foreign tracks on iTunes, or thousands on the Pass and
            Marketplace (and keep 10 of them).

            It's just a preference, we have a Nano in the house,
            too, and an iTunes account, I just prefer the Zune
            player and Pass.
            coffeeshark
          • HAhahahaHAHAHAHA

            </RDF>
            Wow, that's such a great, EXHAUSTIVE LISTING of all the music that iTunes has that Zune doesn't have. You sound so much like someone who has ACTUALLY TRIED the Zune Pass service in addition to iTunes and made an objective, unbiased comparison between the selections offered by the two.
            </sarcasm>

            Let me offer my own experience. While I can't claim to be completely unbiased, I do have an iPod Touch that I really like (for video) and a Zune 8 that I really like (for music).

            The argument that Zune has nothing worthwhile to listen to is pure bunk. There have been over 3 million tracks available for download. It's not just top-40, or I wouldn't be on it. The music that's not availble? Oh well, I go to the record store and BUY THE CD.

            Oh, and did anyone forget to mention that all several million of the tracks that are available for download are included with the $15/month subscription? It's try-before-you-buy at it's best. Adding 10 DRM-free tracks a month to the deal is pretty cool, though. I'll have to check that out.
            justwait
  • RE: Thanks Microsoft, I will now subscribe to the Zune Pass

    Make the service available to personal computers too!
    cpdavis@...
    • Uhhh what? (NT)

      NT
      logicearth@...
  • That is not what I typed, ZD Net

    That is not what I typed, ZD Net
    cpdavis@...
  • RE: Thanks Microsoft, I will now subscribe to the Zune Pass

    $15.00 - 10 songs i can keep - what a pile of crap.

    for that same $15.00 i can go to Amazon.com and get 15 songs and keep them
    Monosdeja
    • Yeah, but that just gives you only 15

      With the Zune Pass you can listen to an unlimited number of songs each month so it is much easier to discover new music and enjoy a ton of music without buying every title you want to listen to for longer than 30 seconds.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
    • Good work detective....

      Your numbers look good, everything adds up right, but you missed the idea of the subscription service by far. I am gonna need you to go back and study the issue and realize this is not a pay per song service. Then you will realize that you can listen to whatever you like while you are a subscriber and also they will give you 10 songs a month to keep as a benefit. Its alot like having satellite radio and you are the dj and you get to keep 10 songs a month. You are gonna have to pick it up a little, you're slacking in your objectivness.
      OhTheHumanity
    • *clap clap clap*

      Good job... Maybe in a few years you'll learn how to read!!
      Core2uu