Zune Pass launched in three more countries ... sort of

Officially, Microsoft is supposed to retire Zune Music in the very near future, to be replaced by Xbox Music. Indeed, the company shut down many of Zune Music's features on August 31st. But Microsoft still seems to be sticking with its Zune Music Pass, at least for the next couple of weeks.

WMPoweruser.com reports that at least three new countries around the world are now home to the online subscription music service. It launched, with no fanfare, for Windows Phone users in Austria and Brazil earlier this week. Today, the same site reported that Zune Music Pass is now up and running in Germany.

Here's the catch; the reports claim that while people in those countries can indeed sign up for Zune Music Pass, it doesn't appear to be in full working order yet. It's possible that Microsoft is simply getting all of their ducks in a row and launching the current Zune Music Pass service now in new countries in preparation for the big change to the Xbox Music service.

Microsoft has been pretty quiet about what the new Xbox Music service will be like, but everything seems to be heading towards an official launch of October 26th. Recent Internet leaks suggests that the pricing for the streaming subscription portion of Xbox Music will be the same as the Zune Music Pass.

Source: WMPoweruser.com | Image via WMPoweruser.com

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I managed to find the sign up today for the trial in NZ (says the price is 12.99NZD) but yeah other than being able to up sign up you can't do much on it in NZ.

I hope when they flip the switch to Xbox Music they also push it out to more markets because I never got Zune Pass support here in Greece as others haven't in lots of other markets yet we have access to the store/marketplace when it comes to games and apps and also Xbox Live support (none of the US centric apps though of course), so that was always the big thing missing.

GP007 said,
I hope when they flip the switch to Xbox Music they also push it out to more markets because I never got Zune Pass support here in Greece as others haven't in lots of other markets yet we have access to the store/marketplace when it comes to games and apps and also Xbox Live support (none of the US centric apps though of course), so that was always the big thing missing.

they said back on some show (maybe e3) that xbox music will debute in 160 countries or stg... but as we know availabiity is one thing, functionality and content is another (think of xbox live)

The Dark Knight said,
Nothing for India....as usual.

I use an HD7 in India, and the phone just weirdly had a pop-up asking me to accept the Zune terms and conditions with a checkbox saying "Improve my listening experience"....

Wonder what it exactly was, cuse nothing seems to have changed!

Apparently SmartDJ is also becoming more available, its meant to be available in AUS already however we cant seem to find it