Zune Marketplace will be dead in 9 days – TechCrunch


Alas poor Zune, you are dead. Microsoft has stretched the end of Zune out for such a long time that I feel like we’ve called it RIP for years. Here is what I consider to be last domino: By November 22, Zune Marketplace will stop selling and renting content and will not allow users to browse TV content.

This means that the only vestiges of Zune will be the hardware that is still on the market and the Zune desktop software. I’m assuming you can continue to use both with music you own, and I’ve asked Microsoft to confirm the fact.

If you have Microsoft Points left (yuck), you can convert them to local currency and spend them at Xbox Video and Music stores.

I bought the first-gen device the day it was released, if I remember correctly, and this is all a bit sad. Microsoft did some really cool things with their music project, and finally made one of the best pieces of MP3 material, the Zune HD. In its heyday, Zune music software was, and remains, the best melody player software out in my opinion. Damn, current edition of Spotify.

Ultimately, Zune was caught trying to catch up with Apple’s iPod lineup at a time when Apple was in full swing with the iPhone, a device that would break the market for standalone music players. And then streaming services such as Spotify made their way, terminating the potential of the Zune Pass, with its rental downloads and “keep” option, to become even a modest success.

It was too late, but still quite pleasant in its brilliant autumnal senescence. Zune is finished. Let’s move.

For fun, here’s a TechCrunch review of the 2009 Zune HD, of all things. Enjoy. Going through WP Central.

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