Pricing for Microsoft's Zune Pass is being lowered, but it's also dropping a beloved feature
posted by John V. / Sep 30, 2011, 10:05 AM
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
just download it online for the many free mp3 download sites
posted on Sep 30, 2011, 10:29 AM 1
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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 Sep 30, 2011, 11:05 AM 0
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 Sep 30, 2011, 2:58 PM 1
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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 Sep 30, 2011, 5:57 PM 0
Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 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 Oct 02, 2011, 5:35 AM 0
Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 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 Sep 30, 2011, 11:14 AM 0
Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 09, 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 Sep 30, 2011, 2:04 PM 0
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 Sep 30, 2011, 6:06 PM 0
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*yawn* iTunes is waaaaaaaay better.
posted on Oct 01, 2011, 2:10 PM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 01, 2011, 7:04 PM 0
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