Microsoft: Zune Marketplace to shut down as early as Nov. 22

Microsoft already sent an email to owners of Zune devices in August to tell them that Microsoft Points would no longer be supported by the Zune Marketplace. Today, the company sent out yet another email, this time confirming that the remaining Zune Marketplace users won't be able to purchase or rent content from the service, or even browse movies and TV shows, as early as Nov. 22.

The email, which can also be viewed on the web, states that any previously purchased content on Zune Marketplace can still be viewed on Microsoft's Xbox Video service. Xbox Video is currently available on the Xbox 360, along with PCs that have Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 installed. Of course, Xbox Video will also be available for the launch of the Xbox One on Nov. 22 and Microsoft will launch a web-based version on that same day. Xbox Video will also launch for Windows Phone 8 devices sometime before the end of 2013.

This latest email comes just a few days after Microsoft announced it would end Xbox Video support for Windows Phone 7 smartphones as well as the Zune PC client and all Zune devices, sometime towards the end of February 2014.

Source: Microsoft via WPCentral

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I thought the zune marketplace was renamed to the Xbox marketplace, does this mean they're shutting down Xbox music and video? If not, why can't they keep zune support? With all their cloud servers you'd think they'd leave a virtual server or two running this stuff, as it can be shut down or brought up as needed.

typical MS. With all the $$ they have you'd think that keeping Zune alive(with it's huge user base) would make sense. They must enjoy shutting down good things.

If they really wanted to be good guys, they'd release a final firware update for the Zunes that would allow to act as a portable drive as well.

The best player for me was and is Windows Media Player with Store MS used to have as part of deal with MTV i believe. It was a long time ago but it was just awesome.

In couple years there will be email this time confirming that the remaining XBOX Music and Video users won't be able to purchase or rent content from the service, or even browse movies and TV shows, as early as Nov. 22.

Yeah, this is bullsh*t. They need to do a 7.85 update that removes Zune and integrates with other apps like WP8 does. It shouldn't be that hard to do.

trojan_market said,
WP 7x users screwed once again.

MS enjoys screwing WP7x users. If you want not to get screwed then they want you to use the latest WP.

No it's true. The marketplace is shutting down (the marketplace is where you purchase music and video). The awesome Zune software will still work. Just the Marketplace tab won't. I believe Zune Passes have been automatically converted over to Xbox Music Passes.

I've been a Zune pass user from the beginning and still have the $15 monthly with 10 free tunes to download and own per month. Now the only interface that supports redeeming the 10 songs per month is the Zune software. According to this statement on the Microsoft support forum I will still be able to redeem my 10 songs using the Zune Marketplace. And, yes, I've already converted my Zune Pass to Xbox Music Pass.
http://answers.microsoft.com/e...4a-81bb-fd2e5ca1b5d3?page=3

Leopard Seal said,
I've been a Zune pass user from the beginning and still have the $15 monthly with 10 free tunes to download and own per month. Now the only interface that supports redeeming the 10 songs per month is the Zune software. According to this statement on the Microsoft support forum I will still be able to redeem my 10 songs using the Zune Marketplace. And, yes, I've already converted my Zune Pass to Xbox Music Pass.
http://answers.microsoft.com/e...4a-81bb-fd2e5ca1b5d3?page=3

FYI, it's not ideal but Windows Phone still supports buying songs using your credits. (Even on Windows Phone 8!) You just have to be sure to browse through the Store, as doing it through the Music + Video Hub will not prompt you to use song credits if they are present.

The desktop software is still the best music playback and organization app hands down. As long as that still works on my desktop I don't really care. Xbox Music app on W8 sucks.

The unfortunate thing about this news is that, as of today, Microsoft never succeeded in replacing the amazing Zune client application.

We were instead given regressions after regressions. There was some hope looming but every passing release only delivers minutes changes where important advances are required.

Will Microsoft ever tighten-up its music ecosystem?

TheCyberKnight said,
the amazing Zune client application.

I really did hate the zune client. One of the most annoying things was the way the next faded out and never showed me the full title. What the heck was that about?! lol.

I'm at the point now, where I still own a WP7.x handset and I refuse to use the Zune software to sync it because even if I setup wireless sync with the client, it still opens the zune software when my phone is on charge, rather then doing in the background or simply keeping it in the system tray.

I'd rather use iTunes then Zune. I just don't understand why so many people like it. I just can't get on with it. I'm probably a pleb.

TheCyberKnight said,
The unfortunate thing about this news is that, as of today, Microsoft never succeeded in replacing the amazing Zune client application.

We were instead given regressions after regressions. There was some hope looming but every passing release only delivers minutes changes where important advances are required.

Will Microsoft ever tighten-up its music ecosystem?


If they can gouge more money from customers then yes, if not then no.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I don't think there's a lot of people using Mp3 players anyways now, especially that smartphones can play mp3s.

My brother has iPod Touch that he hooks it up to his car. And he also has the dock for his sound system in his house.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I don't think there's a lot of people using Mp3 players anyways now, especially that smartphones can play mp3s.

I used to use a few mp3 players, but my phone plays then perfectly.(There under my control and not some company)

My son still uses a ZuneHD and we just use the zune software to sync our own music to the device which will continue to work. Pretty sure if your whole library is subscription related you are SOL or you need to look at DRM strippers.

G2K said,
Will my music subscribtion on my Zune end too? Therefore becoming a nice looking paper weight.

If it's subscription based, meaning if the actual file is not on your pc(or under your roof), then i doubt it will work. I suggest trying to get all your sub stuff off of zune and onto either your pc or another service asap.

G2K said,
Will my music subscribtion on my Zune end too? Therefore becoming a nice looking paper weight.


Q: I'm on the original Zune Music Pass that allows me to download 10 songs per month. Will I still be able to redeem my song credits in the Zune Marketplace?

A: Yes. There will be no impact to your original Zune Music Pass or your ability to redeem your 10 monthly song credits.

The whole zune eco system was a great product the hardware was top notch bummer they could not meld the brand and a newer device in with the device focus of MS.