Microsoft to Shut Down Zune Music Service

The Zune portable music and video player Microsoft tackle Apple's iPod with the launch of 'Zune', America  - 14 Nov 2006 (PHOTO CREDIT: David Howells/REX Shutterstock)
The Zune portable music and video player
Microsoft tackle Apple’s iPod with the launch of ‘Zune’, America – 14 Nov 2006 (PHOTO CREDIT: David Howells/REX Shutterstock)

Remember the Zune? It’s apparently still a thing because Microsoft this week issued a support note warning that it plans to retire Zune services on Nov. 15.

First of all, way to stay committed all these years, Zune users. But in less than a month, you’ll no longer be able to stream or download fresh content to your device from the Zune music service.

Rest assured that if you’re still using an old-school Zune player, it will work and any MP3 content you own will remain on your device. You’ll also still be able to transfer music to and from your Zune player.

If you still have a Zune Music Pass subscription, it will be converted to a Groove Music Pass over the next month, giving you access to a library of more than 40 million songs. You better use up your 10 free tracks before then, because once you’re transferred over to Groove Music you’ll lose this perk. Check out Microsoft’s support note for more info, including instructions for cancelling your subscription.

Meanwhile, if you thought Zune officially kicked the bucket years ago, we won’t hold it against you. Microsoft did indeed stop manufacturing its Zune music players in 2011, now it’s just killing off its Zune services as well.

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SOURCE: PC Mag, Angela Moscaritolo

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