Microsoft’s Zune Music Service Has Officially Retired


Microsoft sent an email to users a while back confirming that it would be retiring its Zune music service on the 15th of November. Well, we're a day over that date, and Zune has been officially laid to rest, with Groove Music being the way to go as we move forward.

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Microsoft's Age Old Zune Music Service Has Officially Retired

Microsoft is an old player in the world of music, but sadly, it hasn't seen the same success as witnessed by the likes of Spotify et al. But even with that fact in hand, Microsoft has a ton of music experience under its belt, with the company evolving its music game over time. What started off as Zune Music was morphed to Xbox Music and now Groove Music. We're certain that the Groove branding is here to stay and will be the go-to music service for users in the years to come.

If you were a Zune Music Pass subscriber, then you'll be pleased to learn that your subscription will be automatically upgraded to Groove Music Pass without any sort of cost whatsoever, so you don't have to worry about your music taking a pause one bit.

Rather than just retiring the Zune music service, everything else related to it has been laid to rest as well.

As of November 15, 2015, Zune services will be retired. You will no longer be able to stream or download content to your device from the Zune music service. However, Zune devices will still function as music players and any MP3 content that you own on the Zune device will remain there. You’ll also be able to transfer music to and from your Zune player.

Note Content that was purchased with DRM may not play if the license can’t be renewed.

Existing Zune Music Pass subscriptions will be converted to Groove Music Pass subscriptions.

When the iPod became an instant hit in the music space, Microsoft also tried its hand by releasing several Zune music players, but sadly enough, the hardware failed to grab any sort of traction and the entire hardware business was retired back in 2011, making room for Windows Phone as the company moved forward.

While Zune has been an age old name in the world of music, but it's great to see that Microsoft is taking steps to freshen things up a bit. After all, all great things must come to an end - look at Beats Music for example, a service which will formally hit the hay and will be completely replaced by Apple Music by the 30th of November.