Zune to go international soon

Microsoft announced last month that it would be bringing its Zune entertainment distribution platform to several countries around the world in the coming months. It now appears that the service is very close to being officially released, and includes the UK and several other countries.

In fact the Zune service has been accessible in the UK since July, however this was not official nor were all areas and features of Zune accessible or functional.

Several people have reported that they are able to access music through their Xbox 360 in the UK when using the new dashboard update to the console. They have only been able to achieve this if they have a Zune Pass, either a trial or having bought the pass, on the same Windows Live ID as their Xbox Live Gamertag. It is thought that users in the UK are able to purchase a Zune Pass and stream as much music as they wish, but without it yet being officially supported it is not recommended.

Following this news it was discovered that the Zune Social has now come to more countries other than just the US. Next it was found that the music area of zune.net is semi populated with music which can be instantly streamed using any browser. Some images, music and playlists are not yet ready, but the design of the page is apparent. Before, users were greeted with a “not available in your region” message when trying to access the music page with zune.net set to the UK.

However some of the Zune features such as Podcasts and TV are still not available via zune.net with the page simply saying “not available in your region”.

It appears that the full Zune service will be going live imminently as all the infrastructure and content appears to be in place.

The Zune platform will allow people to purchase and/or watch films and TV shows and listen to music on their TVs, on their PCs or their Windows Phone 7 devices. One key feature of Zune is its music subscription, Zune Pass, which enables people to listen to any of the 8 million songs in the library on any of the above devices or also through any web browser.

Zune will be a highly featured aspect of Windows Phone 7, both through the functionality on the devices and through the PC software required to sync with the mobiles devices. Microsoft will be releasing a new version of the Zune PC Software when the phones are released.

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I thought this announcement was about the Zune portable media device. It seems that Microsoft is very selective about rolling out products beyond the US, as here this is obviously designed to bolster sales of Windows Phone 7.

I don't know if it's legal, but I live in France, and I've been using Zune Pass with a US Live ID for about a year now. And I never had any issue paying from here (the Euro/Dollar conversion was done in the background).

It's illegal, as far as I'm aware, but it shouldn't be. The entertainment world needs to realise that the Internet has made a global community - we aren't all seperate countries anymore. I should be able to access the same stuff as anyone else in the world, at the same prices.

The internet has the possibility to level the playing fields, to defy borders and currencies. Instead we're forced to endure regional pricing, wildly varying services and large delays.

I can play my own library of Music on the Zune software on my computer. But when I go to Zune on my XBOX, my own music library is no where to be found. I have to go to Media Center for that. This seems to be a GLARING inconsistency that I really hope will be polished out before final release.

jimmyfal said,
I can play my own library of Music on the Zune software on my computer. But when I go to Zune on my XBOX, my own music library is no where to be found. I have to go to Media Center for that. This seems to be a GLARING inconsistency that I really hope will be polished out before final release.

Actually you can play your own music via your XBox if it is a 360 model. Judging from what you said I assume you have a 360.

- Are you running the BETA of the newest software for the 360?
- If so, and your PC is connected to your network you should be able to find your media under My XBox in a folder named Music Library.

Unfortunately, as I have discovered......Your personal music plays through some generic media playback application. It does not playback via the Zune app. Not sure why it is that way but its a very HUGE letdown for me.

Edited by NPGMBR, Oct 9 2010, 2:02pm :

jimmyfal said,
I can play my own library of Music on the Zune software on my computer. But when I go to Zune on my XBOX, my own music library is no where to be found. I have to go to Media Center for that. This seems to be a GLARING inconsistency that I really hope will be polished out before final release.

Have you set your Zune Library to share to the Xbox 360. Go into the settings and on the side is "XBOX 360", there you can activate media sharing.

Microsoft doesn't do International. They do NA + Major european nations + Major asian nations.
Still not a single Zune device to be bought in Israel, and of course, no access to anything.
Thanks, MS.

chaosblade said,
Microsoft doesn't do International. They do NA + Major european nations + Major asian nations.
Still not a single Zune device to be bought in Israel, and of course, no access to anything.
Thanks, MS.

I wouldn't worry too much about the Zune devices, they won't be available outside the US anyway.

I had to order my Zune HD through a third party

site is glitchy and a bit of a mess, guess they are still working on it. even with the registry hack on the desktop software its still not working so i guess they have to roll that out too.
fingers crossed for monday.

the better twin said,
site is glitchy and a bit of a mess, guess they are still working on it. even with the registry hack on the desktop software its still not working so i guess they have to roll that out too.
fingers crossed for monday.

I'd agree with that, however I did manage to buy some music and download it. I'm playing it right now!!!

I won't be getting any Zune Pass until I can buy a Zune HD.....and as normal MS looks like it is unlikely to start selling them here in Australia.....SO THEY CAN GET STUFFED with their zune pass

Baked said,
I won't be getting any Zune Pass until I can buy a Zune HD.....and as normal MS looks like it is unlikely to start selling them here in Australia.....SO THEY CAN GET STUFFED with their zune pass

Same. want a media player that actually lasts longer than a day. however, the good thing about zune marketplace is you can get songs cheap if you get ms points for cheap.

Baked said,
I won't be getting any Zune Pass until I can buy a Zune HD.....and as normal MS looks like it is unlikely to start selling them here in Australia.....SO THEY CAN GET STUFFED with their zune pass

You do know that the music is DRM free mp3 so they'll play on anything!!!!

neo158 said,

You do know that the music is DRM free mp3 so they'll play on anything!!!!

So.....I'm not going to purchase music if they don't give us the Zune HD....

BT is DRM free too lol

Northgrove said,

It will?

Any countries where a Windows Phone is sold should also get the Zune service in time, maybe not fully at the start as we've seen, but in time.

Just singed up for a free 14 day pass and cant see any music available yet, although before singing up I could stream some 30 second intros of limited songs.

I think it'll be fully operational for Monday (as the launch is expected by then).

I don't think Microsoft will make WP7 available in Greece this year. Except Nokia no other manufacturer make available Greek support in language at release point

mackenziepricee said,
But no Zune Pass in Australia...

Yeah Microsoft continue to let Apple walk all over this great land with no direct competition...

brent3000 said,

Yeah Microsoft continue to let Apple walk all over this great land with no direct competition...

You think they wouldn't offer the Zune Pass if they could? What are they not interested in your money? Maybe the blame lies in whatever music lables you have down there that are giving MS a hard time with licensing.

GP007 said,

You think they wouldn't offer the Zune Pass if they could? What are they not interested in your money? Maybe the blame lies in whatever music lables you have down there that are giving MS a hard time with licensing.

I don't think they cared. Microsoft in the US just said "Too hard" and Microsoft Australia couldn't do a thing about it.

Brody McKee said,
I don't think they cared. Microsoft in the US just said "Too hard" and Microsoft Australia couldn't do a thing about it.

I doubt it's too hard, more like it's taking too long. And you think this is only MS's case? Look now long it took Netflix to go to Canada. And I've been told (thought maybe this is a bit off) that iTunes in many places doesn't offer anything.

Brody McKee said,
I don't think they cared. Microsoft in the US just said "Too hard" and Microsoft Australia couldn't do a thing about it.

That's a well educated guess.

I had the Zune Product Manager (Scott something) come to our campus and give a brief demonstration of Kinect and the new zune software for 360- however much of his presentation was about the difficulties of releasing Zune (software, games, music movies) all around the globe all at once. Believe me they want to do it, and are going to do it, but yeas there is a lot of legal stuff that gets in the way. He concluded (as a cse lecture...) that the coding was the easy part. (ohio state university)

ZenVenT said,
I had the Zune Product Manager (Scott something) come to our campus and give a brief demonstration of Kinect and the new zune software for 360- however much of his presentation was about the difficulties of releasing Zune (software, games, music movies) all around the globe all at once. Believe me they want to do it, and are going to do it, but yeas there is a lot of legal stuff that gets in the way. He concluded (as a cse lecture...) that the coding was the easy part. (ohio state university)
I guess from a local point of view that it's hard to understand how Apple can do it and Microsoft can't.

I'm in Hong Kong, my PC runs Windows 7 and has its location set to Hong Kong, and Zune Software 4.2 showed up in Windows Update as an optional update.

while this isn't available in Greece i use it for some years now as my main music library but i hate the fact that in search field Greek lang don't appear right.

Panagiotis G. said,
while this isn't available in Greece i use it for some years now as my main music library but i hate the fact that in search field Greek lang don't appear right.

I don't care much about greek language text but I'd like to be able to use Zune Pass in Greece at some point, specially when I get a WP7 device later this year.