Microsoft giving 1k Microsoft points to Zune pass subscribers

The history of Zune and its eventual demise is a long tale of awkward announcements and conflicting information. As we all know that Zune Pass is going away and Xbox Music is taking over, Microsoft has a little treat in place for existing Zune Pass subscribers.

If you have Zune Pass, be on the lookout for a gift from Microsoft in the form of 1,000 Microsoft points. The image you see above is currently making the rounds to those individuals who have stuck with the service even though its future was uncertain at times.

While we mourn the loss of Zune, Xbox Music bests the service in nearly every way and is a welcomed addition to the music ecosystem. 

With Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and a host of other Microsoft products and services right around the corner, Xbox Music will be a utopia of music lovers who jump devices but want their music on every platform. While some services offer similar functionality, Xbox Music will offer the deepest integration when compared to competing platforms.

Thanks for the tip M.Wiltkins!

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Still have my keep 10 plan... haven't heard anything from Microsoft about it going away as of yet. And yay, I got the 1000 point gift.

brent3000 said,
I wonder if people who have their old keep 10 songs plans get removed or not

I still pay the $14, but I do get my 10 songs/month. At least until I switch to a different subscription rate.

I never received it despite being an existing Zune pass holder, yet I have a friend who did. There must be more criteria other than just a zune pass holder. I did however receiver that exact same email, just without the last "gift" part.

jonofezz said,
I never received it despite being an existing Zune pass holder, yet I have a friend who did. There must be more criteria other than just a zune pass holder. I did however receiver that exact same email, just without the last "gift" part.

Same here.... although I did drop back to month to month a few months ago in anticipation of the xbox music pass changing and me not wanting to "commit" for another year if in fact it did. I also did let it lapse for a month in that transition.... wonder if you had to have an active subscription for 6 months or something to be eligible.

jonofezz said,
I never received it despite being an existing Zune pass holder, yet I have a friend who did. There must be more criteria other than just a zune pass holder. I did however receiver that exact same email, just without the last "gift" part.

After reading this, I went to Zune and opened my account settings - nothing. Then I looked at the mail, and there was a code to enter. Did you enter the code?

Yeah I think I've only been going since being back in country... so May'ish time (~5 months now). My bud's been on it since Jan.... so yeah has to be a time thing. Your 6 months theory is probably accurate.
And to reply to nohone, there was no code in the email. I've seen an email with a code and the email I received and mine was just lacking it.

The 1,000 are nice but the real news to me is the reason you need Windows 8: Microsoft is using some new bad ass codec for the new service. I am testing Windows 8 from Technet on my Samsung Series 7 tablet. I ran Zune on it and listened to tunes under Windows 7 and Windows 8. But today I was shocked when I got my first song out of XBOX Music. Microsoft has som

Me new stunningly good codec cooked up for Windows 8. I'm excited to plug into a Surface RT later this month and see if that codec is there too.

How about they release a list of which countries can even get Xbox Music first? They say it's going out and starting up soon with the 360 first and talk about 15 or so markets that will get it but then never bother to list which ones at all.

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