Microsoft to stop rentals and purchases on Zune Marketplace after Aug. 22nd

The long death of Microsoft's Zune brand continues later this month. The company has begun to send out emails to the remaining users of the Zune media players, informing them that rentals and purchases of music and video on the Zune Marketplace will end after August 22nd.

The emails also offer a link to a Zune Q&A on Xbox.com which says this move is being made due to the previously announced plan to retire Microsoft Points for real world currency. Microsoft still allows for rentals and purchases of music and video via its Xbox Music and Xbox Video services on Windows 8 and the Xbox 360 and will soon expand those services to the Xbox One, Windows Phone 8 and via a web browser.

Zune users can still listen to unlimited music on their Zune device by purchasing an Xbox Music Pass and they can still play the music and videos found in their personal collection. Microsoft also says that people who signed up for the original Zune Music Pass will still be able to redeem their 10 monthly song download credits.

Microsoft has already announced that Microsoft Points gift card will continue to be accepted for the Xbox 360 console, but their amounts will be converted to real world currently as part of the next Xbox 360 software update.

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AmazingRando said,
Microsoft needs to be good guys and open up the source code to the Zune devices. I know of several still going strong.

I wonder if there's any licensed code in the player. Personally, I wish they'd port it to WinRT. Its a fine player, and much better than the one in Win8/RT.

Its not functionality I've ever used, but that's more due to the inconvenience of MS points.

Ah that's good. I'll be upgrading to Windows 8.1 when it's out, but I just didn't want to be left out in the cold between now and then.

Seeing as you can buy TV and movies via the web interface for Xbox Video, and that you can still download them via Zune... No, WP7 users are not getting screwed. Given a mild inconvenience? Sure, but not screwed

Does that mean Windows Phone 7.8 will get an update to the Marketplace? -> Store...and maybe get a new way of interfacing with the PC?
Zune is now completely dead and there's no need for mentioning it on any platform anymore.

No. What's happening is that Zune is not being updated to the new system where MS Points don't exist. It can still download your purchases, it can still sync your phone and all that

Thief000 said,
Does that mean Windows Phone 7.8 will get an update to the Marketplace? -> Store...and maybe get a new way of interfacing with the PC?
Zune is now completely dead and there's no need for mentioning it on any platform anymore.

No it means we're getting dropped from upon high.