Zune Pass now available in the UK

Liveside is reporting that users in the UK can now buy a Zune Pass subscription from Zune.net, this allows users in the UK to stream some music from zune.net, however it’s not yet possible to stream music to the Zune PC software with a UK based Windows Live ID.

The pricing for the Zune Pass in the UK appears to have been revealed by a new page that states the price of a 1 month subscription to the service is £8.99 and a 3 month subscription priced at £26.97. The cost of the Zune Pass in the UK looks set to be around the price of a new album. Zune Pass is a subscription service that 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.

UK Zune Pass prices

It is not yet possible to stream music from a Zune Pass subscription into the Zune software officially in the UK. If a user’s PC is set to the UK locale then there is no option to sign into the Zune service. Without this ability, it is impossible to stream music from Zune. However, it is possible to listen to some music on Zune.net; from testing of Zune.net with the new subscription, it has been found that some music cannot play, this might be due to differing licensing agreements in the UK compared to those in the US.

There appears to be no change to Zune.net in the UK which still only has information about Zune on the Xbox 360, but this new ability to purchase and partially use the Zune Pass suggests that there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Microsoft has announced that the Zune service will be accompanying Windows Phone 7 at the launch of the mobile devices but the company hasn’t confirmed if Zune Pass will be available or when the service will be available. With the rumoured October launch time of Windows Phone 7 still some time away it would appear that the Zune service will be going international before the mobile OS is released.

Zune going international has been eagerly anticipated by many people living outside of the US and this appears to be a major step forward in allowing those people access to the service and the Zune Pass.

If you wish to try Zune.net in your locale, the page to navigate to is https://live.zune.net/en-gb/account/buySubscription, you may want to change “en-gb” to something else to test it out where you live.

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BeLGaRaTh said,
Whats the point in paying for something you cannot fully use/utilise?

There is a lot of crap songs that you might not want to pay for. For those, you can listen streaming or download to up to three PCs and three zune devices and listen to them all you want until you are sick of them, of if you really like them, use a credit to keep it forever (mp3). The Zune Software or the Zune HD paired with the HDMI dock are great for parties. Just launch the app or plug the zune, log in with your zune pass account and let people choose whichever song they like, or let them choose smart dj and play selections you own or subscribe as well as others at the market place. The point is you can listen and download anything and everything you want and you get to keep 10 songs a month, all for $15. Is a steal.

I wish they would improve their selection a bit. I still buy everything from Amazon for my Zune...they just seem to have a lot more of the niche stuff I like from less common genres. Two Steps from Hell, "Invincible", E.S. Posthumus, "Unearthed", etc...epic music

I am sure it takes a while for rules/regulations to get settled. So many people think that the Zune HD was a failure when they clearly have not used the ZUNE HD or the software. A $15.00 a month subscription where you get to keep 10 songs is a great price. The adoption of the Zune HD is slow since so many people already had an IPOD with a lot of songs that were tied to ITUNE's and they didn't want to leave it or can't leave it. I upgraded to a Zune HD 64GB just recently from my 32GB when they first came out. What would be great is a little larger screen like a 3.8 or a 4.0" screen. S-TFT or S-AMOLED.

I know the the WP 7 phones will be MS's way of pushing out the Zune experience internationally. fi they do it right and can make the content and experience go off without a hitch the adoption of the service and the phone will be a hit.

Come October I want to see what they naysayers of the WP7 will say. IPHONE has an incredible user base and one hell of a start with the IPHONE 4 but this is not a sprint it's an endurance race.

I will still keep my US Live ID for now, just so I can access podcasts and more through the Zune software and my Zune HD.

I have been building up my UK Main Live ID in preparation for Windows Phone 7, and Zune is the last piece of the puzzle I need to move over, to join my gamertag, profile, email, connected services...

As usual, not everything is there. When will the record labels learn that if its not available we'll just download it a different way? These cross country licensing issues are ridiculous.

About time. The fact you that get to keep 10 tracks of your choice each month with the Zune pass is a great deal. I don't think I would even consider it otherwise.

Could have been slightly cheaper considering we don't keep the music but I'm just happy to finally get Zune in the UK.

CarlMS said,
Could have been slightly cheaper considering we don't keep the music but I'm just happy to finally get Zune in the UK.

You get to keep 10 tracks DRM free. In the US it's $15 a month for the subscription and if you want to buy a song it's $1. A different way to think about it is that you get unlimited downloads and streaming for $5 if you agree to buy ten songs a month.

It also provides a nice feature to help with buying songs. It keeps track of all the songs you play (you also accumulate badges based on albums, artists, and songs) so you can click a button to spend your ten credits on your ten most listened to songs.

Quigley Guy said,
You do keep some of the music...

Yeah I know but 10 songs a month isn't much really. Considering I currently have around 2000+ songs in my library.

CarlMS said,

Yeah I know but 10 songs a month isn't much really. Considering I currently have around 2000+ songs in my library.

Yes, but for the cost of all that music on iTunes, you could have unlimited access to music for well over 11 years with a Zune Pass, and 1200 of those 2000 would be yours to keep permanently even if you cancel the subscription.

Does Zune have the same amount of music content available as iTunes?

Also, what does it mean by a subscription? you buy a months access and you get unlimited music stream?! that would be awesome!!!!

djdanster said,
Does Zune have the same amount of music content available as iTunes?

Also, what does it mean by a subscription? you buy a months access and you get unlimited music stream?! that would be awesome!!!!

I do not have a Zune Pass but from what I have heard they had slightly less music (less of the odd stuff, unsigned bands ect) that you would find on iTunes.

With the subscription you pay it for how ever long and you can listen to unlmited songs and you get to keep 10 of them, locally on your HDD, each month.

It also has this cool feature called SmartDJ. It is a bit like Pandora. You turn on SmartDJ for a band and it will play all music that is the same from it, even if you do not have it in your colelction.

djdanster said,
Does Zune have the same amount of music content available as iTunes?

Also, what does it mean by a subscription? you buy a months access and you get unlimited music stream?! that would be awesome!!!!

Yes. You pay a monthly subscription and you can download and listen to just about anything on up to 3 devices. (Zune, Xbox, PCs, etc.) You also get 10 credits you can use to download anything as MP3s permanently each month. They don't roll over, though. If you don't spend the credits they go away the next month.

djdanster said,
Does Zune have the same amount of music content available as iTunes?

Also, what does it mean by a subscription? you buy a months access and you get unlimited music stream?! that would be awesome!!!!


They don't have as much of the small stuff (YouTube parady songs, unsigned artists, etc.), but for most people Zune will easily work. Also, as more people start using Zune with WP7 and Xbox, more of those smaller bands may be picked up.

Thanks all I get it now I will definately be getting this within the next month! Although it's a shame the credits don't role over... Oh well!

movement at last, it'll be here fully for wp7 I'm sure, good bye spotify subscription/android - hello zune pass/windows phone 7!!

duddut2 said,
movement at last, it'll be here fully for wp7 I'm sure, good bye spotify subscription/android - hello zune pass/windows phone 7!!

Yes...bye Android and welcome WP7 + Zune + Windows Live + Xbox Live...