Microsoft testing Zune Music in Australia, expanding outside US/UK soon?

Zune Music, Microsoft's flagship competitor to iTunes has been available for some time now, depending if you're in the right country. The "right" countries right now are the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, with the rest of the world either missing out entirely on the marketplace or only receiving small parts of it.

However, Long Zheng of iStartedSomething posted today that Microsoft is quietly testing the music component of the marketplace in Australia right now. It had been rumored before that it might be coming to the country soon, with TechAU reporting that Microsoft had posted to "watch this space" for availability on Facebook, but this looks to be a suggestion it may be soon.

Long reports that if a user has their system locale set to "Australia" and are signed in with an Australian Windows Live ID, they should see the "music" tab under marketplace with a small selection of available songs. According to the post, songs cost 129 Microsoft Points, which is $2.13 AUD right now, and albums are priced at 1299 Points or $21.43 AUD.

It's interesting timing considering that Mango is pinned to be less than two months away from hitting phones, and with Microsoft stating earlier this year that Zune pass will be expanding beyond the US/UK in the near future. It'll be interesting to see what other countries receive the well reviewed service.

Image Credit: iStartedSomething

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It's great to see Microsoft finally expand Zune Music into Australia but at the same time at 21 dollars a pop, I don't see the value. For that price, I want something I can physically hold in my hands.

Gezz its only been delayed for 2-4 years....

I wanted a Zune player back them and Zune Pass.

But Now I have my Android phone with 48gig space which is heaps for all my music and videos....MS it was a great design and idea...but you took to long to bring it out.

Baked said,
Gezz its only been delayed for 2-4 years....

I wanted a Zune player back them and Zune Pass.

But Now I have my Android phone with 48gig space which is heaps for all my music and videos....MS it was a great design and idea...but you took to long to bring it out.


And all that music is legit?

Owen W said,

And all that music is legit?

Yup....have it all on cd's - No I will not re-purchase the same songs/albums i already bought just in mp3 format that's what CD-DA Extractor is for

The good thing is i can move my Zune pass to AUS finally and have all my subscriptions under my 1 account

yay

However 2.13 per song is abit high isnt it

brent3000 said,
However 2.13 per song is abit high isnt it

blame the Labels. iTunes tracks are ordinarily $2.19 (with lower tiers being $1.19 and $1.69).

brent3000 said,
The good thing is i can move my Zune pass to AUS finally and have all my subscriptions under my 1 account

yay

However 2.13 per song is abit high isnt it

Ya, it's a bit less than iTunes which is, lets face it, the market leader so... Labels charging their cut is the problem and also the hold up. If MS can't get the deal they'd like they won't open the Zune marketplace in that country.

Yeah just had a look and I can see the Music tab now. I damn hope they are planning to release the Zune pass too.

BTW I am using the beta version of Zune (I got a developer account for WP7) so I am not sure if this is available only in this version of Zune.

basques said,
Yeah just had a look and I can see the Music tab now. I damn hope they are planning to release the Zune pass too.

BTW I am using the beta version of Zune (I got a developer account for WP7) so I am not sure if this is available only in this version of Zune.

It sounds like it's limited to the beta Zune 4.8 client only.

Whee, and I ordered a Zune HD yesterday

Having said that, I don't have the music tab in my marketplace tab... anyone else have it?

Douglas_C said,
Whee, and I ordered a Zune HD yesterday

Having said that, I don't have the music tab in my marketplace tab... anyone else have it?

I'm pretty sure you'd need the v4.8 Zune software which is only given to Mango beta testing devs? The only way to update to 4.8 as far as I know is to start the mango update process itself as well so if you're not in that group you won't see it.

dafin0 said,
about bloody time, when this is launched i can finally get itunes/quicktime off my computer

Come on expansion to canada.. you cant do our brothers from down under without helping out the ones up north