Microsoft retires Zune.net; redirects to Xbox.com

On Tuesday, Microsoft replaced the Zune Music service on the Xbox 360 game console with Xbox Music. Xbox Music will also be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, as well as Windows Phone smartphones. With the launch of Xbox Music comes the death of another well known brand at Microsoft, Zune.

As of this week, visitors who head to Zune.net will find that they will be redirected to a page on Microsoft's Xbox.com website. The page has a long FAQ that describes the transition from Zune Music to Xbox Music. As we reported earlier this week, Windows 7 users will still be able to download and use the Zune Music client.

Users who are already subscribed to the Zune Music Pass service are told by Microsoft that they "... will automatically become Xbox Music Pass customers and will have access to everything they love about Zune and more." However, the FAQ makes a point to state that Windows 7 users won't get all of the features available for Xbox Music. It says, " ... to enjoy the enhanced features and full benefits, an Xbox Music Pass must be enjoyed on Windows 8 PC's and tablets, Windows Phone 8 devices, and Xbox 360."

Via: WPCentral.com
Source: Xbox Music | Image via Microsoft

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They should of called it Bing music. They tied xbox to it because xbox is a huge success. Its the fact that most uninformed consumers relate the word Zune to failure. And as much as I love Zune it was compared to iTunes and because it wasn't as successful deemed a failure, even though it was better. But then again so has every other music service to date they just don't get the recognition as a failure because MS is a big company.

So here is the question. current windows 7.x users won't get Xbox Music app where Zune is discontinued? that means music section of all current devices are discontinued ??? what the hell is going on here?

I like the music app in Win8 but I still think the Zune software is top notch. I hope it gets updated/rebranded to be in line with XBox music. Doubt it but one can hope.

I just found this little nugget on in the FAQs on the XBox Music page: 'Note: 10 songs keepers aren't supported by the Xbox Music app on Windows 8."

So, im assuming that if I upgrade to Windows 8 I will lose my 10 free songs per month. Anyone else come away with the same understanding?

NPGMBR said,
I just found this little nugget on in the FAQs on the XBox Music page: 'Note: 10 songs keepers aren't supported by the Xbox Music app on Windows 8."

So, im assuming that if I upgrade to Windows 8 I will lose my 10 free songs per month. Anyone else come away with the same understanding?

No, it just means that you can't use the Xbox music app, you'll have to stick with the Zune Client

Sraf said,

No, it just means that you can't use the Xbox music app, you'll have to stick with the Zune Client

Thats fine. I'm not planning on upgrading to Win8 unless I have to however, I to plan on purchasing a WinRT device. So that along with my PC, XBox and Windows Phone makes it all work great.

Sraf said,

No, it just means that you can't use the Xbox music app, you'll have to stick with the Zune Client


Weird. I'm one of the 10 song folks and Xbox Music works for me. I still have to use Zune to snag the 10 songs, but other stuff still works fine.

I think that's what it was supposed to mean. The subscription features work, but the 10 songs can only be obtained via the Zune client.

scumdogmillionaire said,
Hmmm... just realized that the Zune client can't play music I download from Xbox Music, and Xbox Music can't play music downloaded from Zune music pass... crap.

Welcome to how Microsoft handles ecosystems.

scumdogmillionaire said,
Hmmm... just realized that the Zune client can't play music I download from Xbox Music, and Xbox Music can't play music downloaded from Zune music pass... crap.

Lol

scumdogmillionaire said,
Hmmm... just realized that the Zune client can't play music I download from Xbox Music, and Xbox Music can't play music downloaded from Zune music pass... crap.

Not true. I have thousands of songs I downloaded with Zune pass, and I am able to play them. I have a playlist of only subscription music, and I am listening to it right now. I did get an error on two songs, and looking in the marketplace the album for those two songs are no longer listed. But everything else plays just fine. This playlist is of subscription only music, WMA files, not MP3.

nohone said,

Not true. I have thousands of songs I downloaded with Zune pass, and I am able to play them. I have a playlist of only subscription music, and I am listening to it right now. I did get an error on two songs, and looking in the marketplace the album for those two songs are no longer listed. But everything else plays just fine. This playlist is of subscription only music, WMA files, not MP3.

I'm going right to File Explorer, clicking an MP3 in the subscription folder (from Zune) and if it loads in Xbox Music... no good.

If I click a file downloaded from Xbox Music and say "Play with Zune" I get a "cannot open protected content" message or something like that.

scumdogmillionaire said,

I'm going right to File Explorer, clicking an MP3 in the subscription folder (from Zune) and if it loads in Xbox Music... no good.

If I click a file downloaded from Xbox Music and say "Play with Zune" I get a "cannot open protected content" message or something like that.

If you cannot play an MP3, then something is really wrong on your side and it is not related to Zune. I could see if there was a problem playing a subscription WMA, being it needs to check the license if it has expired or if you use different accounts for your Win8 login and the Zune marketplace, but when playing MP3s there is nothing that will keep you from using it since there is no license. The hint is that you cannot play with the Zune software, either.

In my situation, I have all my music and playlists stored on a Win 2008 R2 server, I copied the ZPL playlists over to my local computer, renamed them to WPL (so the desktop Zune player would not find those playlists and use the ones on the server), opened Xbox Music player, and all my music, including the protected content, played just fine with exception of those two songs.

But rereading your comment, there is a bit of confusion. You say "clicking an MP3 in the subscription folder" - are you saying MP3 in the generic term, or a real MP3 file? But either way, I can play subscription WMAs just fine.

scumdogmillionaire said,
Sorry... said MP3 generically... of course it's a WMA from Zune Music Pass...

No problem, but it does seem like there is a problem somewhere, especially if you get an error while trying to play in the Zune software because it does work. Make sure you have the correct account, and then try deleting your cache.

Microsoft said Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7.5 still have to use Zune. Whether Windows Phone 7.5 also includes 7.8 is unknown. The vague manner in which Microsoft first handled information about Windows Phone's 8 upgradability and now what Windows Phone 7.8 will include is starting to become really annoying truth be told.

.Neo said,
Microsoft said Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7.5 still have to use Zune. Whether Windows Phone 7.5 also includes 7.8 is unknown. The vague manner in which Microsoft first handled information about Windows Phone's 8 upgradability and now what Windows Phone 7.8 will include is starting to become really annoying truth be told.

So here is the question. current windows 7.x users won't get Xbox Music app where Zune is discontinued? that means music section of all current devices are discontinued ??? what the hell is going on here? I think they live in the future/

I still do not quite understand why Zune had to retire... Zune was the beginning of the Metro design language being used in a product/service from Microsoft, and sometimes I find that implementation better... The Now Playing screen was amazing with typography over colorful artist pictures...

Not everything has to be streamlined and simplified down... Nothing is wrong for representing a whole brand in music separate from Xbox. It actually makes it stand out. Compare Apple product names to Microsoft's Windows product names... iTunes vs Windows Media Player...

Xbox is beginning to do the same thing many products and services for Windows did... Everything is named after Xbox.. Xbox Music vs Zune. When I think of Zune, I think of an entire brand dedicated to music, for example the Zune Social service. When I think of Xbox Music, I think of a service limited in quality provided by Xbox.

I feel like it only helps Xbox as a brand, but it does not help Xbox Music as a service in itself. Oh well, I'll get over it. But something I'm curious about is the syncing mechanism they will use for Windows Phone 8 and 7.8.

Unfortunately the Zune brand was more just an experiment in helping to define what works. Think of it like Live Search > Bing. It's primarily a rebrand. Live Search had much of the functionality you see in Bing for a long time before even "Kumo" was a thing. Xbox has a better brand than "the 3 people that have a" Zune. Zune was only a failure in achieving market penetration. If Microsoft were truly interested in pushing the brand you would have seen a harder and more consistent marketing push but that never came.

But with this rebranding to Xbox Music there is also the need to deploy the experience to Windows RT based devices with which they can't just swap out the Zune logo for an Xbox one on in the desktop app and thus you have the Music app.

I don't think the Music app offers an equivalent or better experience for listening to my music collection so I've opted to continue using the Zune software on Windows 8 which I think works just fine especially for not having to switch into the music app.

My experience with the music app and its supposed "metro" stylings is more reminiscent of WMP than Zune with the navigation. I hope that as the app improves they add back the superior browsing experience of the Zune software.

cmwys said,
I don't think the Music app offers an equivalent or better experience for listening to my music collection so I've opted to continue using the Zune software on Windows 8 which I think works just fine especially for not having to switch into the music app.

My experience with the music app and its supposed "metro" stylings is more reminiscent of WMP than Zune with the navigation. I hope that as the app improves they add back the superior browsing experience of the Zune software.


I use Zune on the desktop PC, and XBOX Music on the tablet.

cmwys said,
I don't think the Music app offers an equivalent or better experience for listening to my music collection so I've opted to continue using the Zune software on Windows 8 which I think works just fine especially for not having to switch into the music app.

My experience with the music app and its supposed "metro" stylings is more reminiscent of WMP than Zune with the navigation. I hope that as the app improves they add back the superior browsing experience of the Zune software.

I agree completely. I used the Music App while testing Windows8 and came away feeling underwhelmed but I did like it overall. I just didn't find much in the app in terms of music management. So, I'm pretty happy that I don't have to abandom the Zune desktop client because I love it.