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Pricing for Microsoft's Zune Pass is being lowered, but it's also dropping a beloved feature

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Pricing for Microsoft's Zune Pass is being lowered, but it's also dropping a beloved feature
In today’s rough and tumble economy, we’re always delighted to see lowered prices for specific services, which allow more people to easily accept and take grasp of it. But when it’s going to be accompanied with the demise of certain features, it might not sit too well with some people – even with its newer pricing. Well, that’s what Microsoft’s popular Zune Pass service is going to be experiencing now that they announced some new changes that will go into effect starting October 3rd.

Jumping down in price from $14.99 per month to an easier to swallow rate of $9.99 per month, the new pricing just might nudge some hesitant people to finally cave in and sign up – plus, it’s going to be available to Canadian Zune users as well. However, what’s not cool is the fact that the Redmond-based company is axing the option to download 10 songs that users can choose per month and keep for life. Instead, new users will be subjected to only the unlimited streaming option that the service offers.

For those who are currently on the $14.99 per month plan, they can choose to remain grandfathered into it – meaning, they’ll still have the unlimited streaming option and 10 free downloads per month.  Naturally, it’s undoubtedly a double-edged sword for those who have been on the service for some time – but then again, they’ll simply have to make the choice for themselves.

If you're not a current subscriber and wish to pay the higher pricing, then you'd better hurry up and sign up for the $14.99 per month option before it's gone for good.

source: Zune via Mobileburn

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posted on 30 Sep 2011, 10:29 1

1. haikallp (unregistered)


just download it online for the many free mp3 download sites

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 11:05

2. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Piracy is becoming more popular these days but I'd never encourage it. Just because there are sites, programs, and apps that allow you to download free music doesn't justify piracy. Its still very illegal. If everyone is getting their music illegally, how will artists make a profit?

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 12:15 3

4. dude (unregistered)


artist make thier money via concerts they acually get very little from selling albulms

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 12:37 1

5. Leodrade (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


like dude said you know how much an artist makes with a concert?, they don't care if you download it legally or illegally they just want you to pay abusive prices for the tickets of their shows

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 14:58 1

7. wilt (unregistered)


awww you are so right the poor poor artist, with there lucrative record deal, and sold out concerts, and feature residuals, endorsements, and free clothen from designers and movie roles and tv appearances, and there mercedes and ferrari and range rover, and mansion homes, and luxury vacations.

WITH ALL OF THAT SAID HOW DARE WE PEOPLE THAT drive hondas or fords, or fiestas, or bikes and cant afford gas, or groceries, or barely paying rent or mortgages, with our minimum wage job, with no health care, and the water leakage over the bathroom ceiling, and getting declined a bank loan, and riding on a donut cause we cant afford another replacement tire, whom shop at thrift stores and sales racks, with our credit card debt, and repossession on our credit, who has applied for plenty of jobs and haven't been called yet, who are in college living off of refund money

HOW DARE WE STOP THE ARTIST FROM MAKING THERE ABLUMS SALES PROFIT SHAME ON US WELL FINANCED REGULAR PEOPLE SHAME ON US SHAME SHAME SHAME

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 16:42

8. faster123 (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Oct 2009)


I think you could use a life coach. Oh, and you can listen to the FM radio for free! People with your attitude never get better. Thats a fact.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 17:57

9. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 771; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


He does have a point tough... I am finding it useless to pay for music, when artists and the industry is living such lavish lives and barely giving back to the communities.

I don't consider it stealing anything, I consider it as a well established artist sharing art and allowing for the admirers to obtain his/her art. He/she would prefer you to buy, but even if you don't it doesn't make much of a difference (Lord knows you download it, talk about it, and someone else buys it).

With that said, I support up and coming bands with no record labels wholeheartedly.

They are the ones that tend to have REAL talent anyways... the crap that is playing from radio nowdays is pathetic and not even worth downloading.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 05:35

14. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 872; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


WTF....wake up, or maybe the elite or filthy rich that drive Bentley's, Rolls Royce's, Yacht, and mansion owning greedy, reckless economy ruining businessmen, and congressmen that make money on the back's of artist by raping their earnings before they make it; who then plunder the poor my sending their minimum wage jobs to china, and India that cause people to want a bargain where ever they go rich, or poor. The sad state of the music industry is caused by greedy businessmen that have raped musicians since day one just like they are doing our economy. The artist need to use today's digital media to break that mold. Look at Netflix a greedy little company that wanted more, and killed their company in the process. That said the greed, and broad base ruining of the economy has made everyone tighten their belts rich or poor! I do agree that the artist are dying, but i's a two fold reason, and people that want good music should support them!

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 11:14

3. kristoferallen (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


Illegal music sounds terrible on top of all the issues that are likely to come along with it. I used to use Zune for years thanks to the 10 free songs but I recently switched to Spotify since they have an app that is useful outside of the computer. Would have been amazing if Microsoft made an app for Android and iOS for Zune. They would probably make a ton more money for that service

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 14:04

6. Wyn66 (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


@kristoferallen

Zune wasn't/isn't just on the computer. You could've gotten it on Zune player back in the day and can now get it on Windows Phone in addition to your computer. MS may one day drop a Zune app on other platforms but until then... grab you a Windows Phone and enjoy the myriad of tunes like me. ;)

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 18:06

10. wilt (unregistered)


try audiogalaxy i stream all of my computers music data on my droid x or my iphone 4. Havent had not one issue been using for about 2 months now. as soon as i download a single or a album it automatically populates on my droid x and my iphone i downloaded the app on my brothers phone and signed in and he can play all of my music on his droid as well same for my cousin and sister, seamless

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 18:37

11. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2998; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You downloading music and listening to it by yourself(not what i consider to be wrong IMO) If you make multiple copies of a album and sell them(yes I consider that to be wrong)

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 14:10

12. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


*yawn* iTunes is waaaaaaaay better.

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 19:04

13. Penny (Posts: 1159; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I trust your opinion. I mean, knowing you, you've probably at least TRIED Zune and done some sort of comparison, right? It's only natural, since everybody knows how objective you are, that you would have gone above and beyond the minimum standards for comparison before coming to your conclusion.

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