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Microsoft lets Artist Bios feature become accessible outside the U.S.

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Microsoft lets Artist Bios feature become accessible outside the U.S.
Artist Bios can now be seen outside the U.S.

Artist Bios can now be seen outside the U.S.

Artist Bios, a feature on Windows Phone that has been blocked from those outside the United States, is now being made available to some users out of the country. The bios can be found in the Music and Video Hub and even if you don't have a Zune Pass, you should be able to call up the biographies. To view an Artist Bio, go to the Artist page in the Music >Artist category.

While the Bios are now available in some countries outside the U.S., like the U.K., not every location on the planet has had the wall taken down. Still, it is an attempt by Microsoft to make the Windows Phone user experience consistent around the world as we get closer to the launch of Windows Phone 8

If you are still unable to access the feature, drop us a comment in the box below and let us know what country you live in. If Artist Bios won't work in your region, don't get too upset; eventually Microsoft will tear down all of the walls.

source: WPCentral

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posted on 07 Oct 2012, 21:07 1

1. doejon (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


posted on 08 Oct 2012, 01:35

3. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

What are those "walls" doing there in the first place??

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 00:46

2. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

It is a fun little feature I didn't know wasn't available everywhere. I like my Zune, soon to be XBOX Music, player. Glad they are expanding all the features. Shouldn't have taken them this long.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 02:18

4. N6600 (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 May 2012)

As I see it, this feature is tied to Zune. Where you could buy for example music. Due to current agreement, people outside US are not entitled to buy anything in Zune. Microsoft made a new deal which will allow buying music even outside the US. Same situation happened with Apple and its iTunes.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 04:18

5. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Finally! Im from croatia (but i use the uk marketp... erm store...) and i got it. More important to me is the artist art that comes with this, so now my zune player is all alive unlike before. It took msoft only 2 years to fix this :-\

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 23:47

6. charms55 (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)

Taking too long??? You don't know the half of it. Still not available in Japan and I am not a happy camper. This is a feature that is not dependent upon contracts, distribution, etc. Just pure and simple laziness.

I just made a purchase through Windows 8 with my US Zune log in, paid with Paypal just as I should be able to do. Now, I COULD reset my phone, switch to that ID, lose all my paid apps, backtrack on email and SMS and photos and other items and HAVE this already, BUT, no way to pay for apps here, as as far as I know my MS points and my Paypal WILL not be available in WPhone. Illogical. The only Marketplace purchases here are 2 year old videos and apps (most).

Color me waiting still. Hopefully, Windows 8 will be the game changer.

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