Microsoft set to launch Zune Pass internationally

Microsoft is set to launch its Zune Pass subscription service internationally, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

The subscription service is currently only available in the United States. Company officials are working day and night to secure Zune Pass internationally in various markets. Neowin understands that the UK will receive the Zune Pass service at Windows Phone 7 launch. Other European countries are in the works but it's unclear whether the company will secure these in time for the Windows Phone 7 launch. In countries that have the Xbox-exclusive Zune video services, the Zune Video services will also be available on new Windows Phone 7 devices even if the music subscription part isn't ready.

Neowin revealed the UK Zune Pass pricing in July. A one month subscription to the service is £8.99 and a three month subscription is priced at £26.97. Zune Pass provides unlimited access to the several million songs Microsoft offers with its Zune Marketplace. Users can access the Marketplace using PC software, in a browser or on a Zune HD device. Microsoft will also bring the service to Windows Phone 7 and the Xbox 360. The subscription service allows users to temporarily download an unlimited number of songs for the length of the Zune Pass subscription, as well as permanently keep up to 10 tracks per month.

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Been waiting on this since WP7 was announced. Finally!

I do remember, however, that the Canadian MS rep said that Zune Pass won't be here until next year, but hopefully that means early spring/end of winter and not summer/fall of 2011.

£8 for unlimited streaming and 10 downloads is a pretty good deal. Napster is £5 p/m and you get 5 free downloads, or its £10 for 12 free downloads.

It obviously depends on how big their catalogue is though.

sigh. i should have waited before making a zune account. when i got my zune 8gb quite a while back , it says i get like 10 free songs if i sign up for a Zune account. I did that but when i go get my free songs it says "sorry. Zune pass service only available to US residents." and im in Canada. wasted 10 songs.

Well, this was really expected though considering WP7 will be launching all over the world and incorporates Zune features. I'm glad to hear that Microsoft is making some headway with the red tape though...

Still want a PMP please MS. dunno how anyone can use a phone for music playback, i have a walkman phone that lasts about a day and a half with only texts and talking (for a phone with supposedly 540 minutes talk time and a standby time of 385 hours).
still holding onto my zen vision m hoping ms will bring a zune hd2 with wp7 os to the uk.
listening to my music/ watching movies and playing live arcade games would be bliss and ill leave my phone to just be a phone.

I'll be ditching my Spotify premium pass the day this is released to the UK along with swapping my hero (rooted and running 2.2 froid villain v 1.5) for a WM7 device - the only thing to decide is which model to choose

Since WP7 is a Zune it's logical to open Zune pass internationally. At last even in Italystan there will be the possibility to get music legally without being iForced.

neoxphuse said,
FINALYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY go canada!

It damn well better be Canada too. It's taken waaaaaaaaaaaay too long.

Very good news! Since it is one of the essential parts of Windows Phone 7, which will first launch in Europe (as rumored), it was to be expected that Zune would be available. Still, it is nice to hear that it about to be confirmed. I hope it will be available at the launch of Windows Phone 7. Besides, I am hoping the same will go for Bing, since many of the nice advanced features are not available outside the US (at least not in the Netherlands) and it is still as bad as Live Search was a few years ago and since search is a large part of Windows Phone 7 as well, I think they should work on that. To conclude, I hope they are doing it good this time and not launch a device which depends on services that are not available.

intodevel said,
Very good news! Since it is one of the essential parts of Windows Phone 7, which will first launch in Europe (as rumored), it was to be expected that Zune would be available. Still, it is nice to hear that it about to be confirmed. I hope it will be available at the launch of Windows Phone 7. Besides, I am hoping the same will go for Bing, since many of the nice advanced features are not available outside the US (at least not in the Netherlands) and it is still as bad as Live Search was a few years ago and since search is a large part of Windows Phone 7 as well, I think they should work on that. To conclude, I hope they are doing it good this time and not launch a device which depends on services that are not available.

This is slightly off topic but I'm willing to bet that they don't roll out Bing Maps-based navigation beyond the US when WP7 launches.

jakem1 said,

This is slightly off topic but I'm willing to bet that they don't roll out Bing Maps-based navigation beyond the US when WP7 launches.

If they don't do it right away, then I think people could expect it after a future Bing Maps update probably.

You can already I think, buy the Zune Pass in the UK. I signed up for a Zune pass trial in the UK a couple of days ago, worked perfectly =/ Just sign into Zune.net with a UK live id and click Zune Pass.

~Johnny said,
You can already I think, buy the Zune Pass in the UK. I signed up for a Zune pass trial in the UK a couple of days ago, worked perfectly =/ Just sign into Zune.net with a UK live id and click Zune Pass.

I just tried that and couldn't find any link to a Zune Pass.

~Johnny said,
You can already I think, buy the Zune Pass in the UK. I signed up for a Zune pass trial in the UK a couple of days ago, worked perfectly =/ Just sign into Zune.net with a UK live id and click Zune Pass.

I have been using a Zune Pass in India for more than an year now (first with a Zune80 and now with a ZuneHD). Don't remember how I got it working in the first place.

Guess I was right when I said allowing people from countries other than US / Canada to sign up on Zune.net meant MS planned to expand their zune pass worldwide!

/- Razorfold said,
Guess I was right when I said allowing people from countries other than US / Canada to sign up on Zune.net meant MS planned to expand their zune pass worldwide!

I think that was always the plan but the licensing was probably such a huge mess, and still seems to be, that it took forever. The Zune Pass isn't something like iTunes or Amazon that just sells you a track etc, it's like a Radio that will play the music you want forever. That makes it complicated probably.

/- Razorfold said,
Guess I was right when I said allowing people from countries other than US / Canada to sign up on Zune.net meant MS planned to expand their zune pass worldwide!

Zune HD & Zune Pass are not available in Canada so this is new for us too.
I'm very excited since i'm a big fan of the Zune software (I currently use it to play music when im on my PC) and the videos of the Zune HD make me very jealous... though the HD radio part will be useless since there is no HD radio station around.

I like the way the image above displays Europe, and the post states "Internationally".

Guess South America will get none of these (Zune Pass or Windows Phone 7)

Pulgafree said,
I like the way the image above displays Europe, and the post states "Internationally".

Guess South America will get none of these (Zune Pass or Windows Phone 7)

It's got a little bit of the middle east on it to.

Pulgafree said,
I like the way the image above displays Europe, and the post states "Internationally".

Guess South America will get none of these (Zune Pass or Windows Phone 7)

I think it's clear the EU is probably first in the roll out followed by Asia (japan loves it's pop/rock bands and Western music), It's kinda sad but I dunno how big this type of service would be in South America.

Pulgafree said,
I like the way the image above displays Europe, and the post states "Internationally".

Guess South America will get none of these (Zune Pass or Windows Phone 7)

Obviously Microsoft doesn't love asia as much as Apple does.
Specifically, Korea... Nobody loves Korea except our own Samsung/LG etc. *sigh*

kimatg said,

Obviously Microsoft doesn't love asia as much as Apple does.
Specifically, Korea... Nobody loves Korea except our own Samsung/LG etc. *sigh*

Why doesn't MS like Asia? I don't think that's true at all, LG and Samsung seem to have gotten a head start when it comes to WP7 and phones. MS would love to have the Zune Pass everywhere, but if the rules and red tape are a mess it'll just delay things more and more.

No one in business "hates" potential customers.

Pulgafree said,
I like the way the image above displays Europe, and the post states "Internationally".

Guess South America will get none of these (Zune Pass or Windows Phone 7)

To be fair, Microsoft didn't say anything about "worldwide". Like me, if you live on south america, you know what to expect: google may do something cool some day and we will use it, while Microsoft will ignore you for the most part.

But I do think their phone will come. Just never the service.

GP007 said,

Why doesn't MS like Asia? I don't think that's true at all, LG and Samsung seem to have gotten a head start when it comes to WP7 and phones. MS would love to have the Zune Pass everywhere, but if the rules and red tape are a mess it'll just delay things more and more.

No one in business "hates" potential customers.

Exactly. Good post. I'm sure Microsoft would love this to be everywhere, but there is a lot of red tape in each region to get through before they can...

kimatg said,

Obviously Microsoft doesn't love asia as much as Apple does.
Specifically, Korea... Nobody loves Korea except our own Samsung/LG etc. *sigh*

Then you will hate living in India lol!!

jwil1 said,
FINALLY! Now, what about the Zune device worldwide too?

I think they're positioning Windows Phones to take that role, unfortunate for those who just want a PMP.

andrew_f said,

I think they're positioning Windows Phones to take that role, unfortunate for those who just want a PMP.

Despite all the rumours of a Zune HD2?

jakem1 said,

Despite all the rumours of a Zune HD2?

A Zune HD2 should happen but it won't be till next year at some point, probably Spring or Summer? Not anytime soon I'd guess.

CarlDilone said,

Rumors on the Zune HD2 is heating up each day.

Why doesn't Neowin pull in any of these rumors then? It's always a Verizon iPhone rumor since the iPhone ever was introduced... They should try pulling in better rumors than stupid 'never going to happen' rumors...

GP007 said,
A Zune HD2 should happen but it won't be till next year at some point, probably Spring or Summer? Not anytime soon I'd guess.

The key word there is "guess"

TCLN Ryster said,

The key word there is "guess"

Ya, but there's also a mix of common sense in there. I'm sure MS would rather see WP7 off to a good start before they release a ZuneHD2 that could cut into any future phone sales.

GP007 said,

Ya, but there's also a mix of common sense in there. I'm sure MS would rather see WP7 off to a good start before they release a ZuneHD2 that could cut into any future phone sales.

True. I do think that Microsoft is going to continue releasing Zune products. But probably not until the sprint or summer. IMO.