Microsoft to Wind Up Zune Music Services this November

September 23, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft will officially be pulling the wires off its music stream services, Zune, this November. Users may not be able to add new contents or access the stream services after November 15.

Zune users will still be able to access pre-downloaded contents, although with the addition of new contents getting restrained after November.

DRM purchases will also be cancelled if users don’t get to renew the license. Audio files can also be transferred between Zune Player and any other device.


Current Zune Misc Pass subscribers will be automatically switched to Microsoft’s Groove Music services post the deadline. Users subscribed to the monthly and 3-month plan will get upgraded to the $9.99 a month plan in Groove, while annual subscribers can continue their yearly pass in Groove, which costs $99.90.

Users can also opt to skip the upgrade and opt to cancel their subscription, which will make them eligible for refunds, except for the monthly subscribers.

The subscription to the Groove services will get updated starting from October 15th.

The announcement comes as no surprise, as Zune services barely found to rival with similar services from Apple. Previously, the online services of Zune got shut down in 2012, directing the users to get transformed into Xbox Music subscription.

The latter was recently rebranded as Microsoft Groove in a bid to expand the services into other platforms.

Unveiled initially for its Xbox consoles, Microsoft Groove is currently available on multiple platforms, including Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android, iOS and Microsoft Windows 10.

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