For those who still use Microsoft’s Zune as a media device, changes are coming. With Xbox Music launching this fall, it was only a matter of time before Zune would start to feel the effects from it. As of August 31st, the following will no longer be available to those with both the original Zune and the HD version.
- Sending and receiving messages, inviting friends, sharing the songs, playlists, and albums you are listening to, and viewing past play history
- Mixview playback and channel playlists
- Apps for Zune HD
- Purchasing music videos or streaming them as a part of Zune Music Pass from the Zune PC software
- Re-downloading, re-activating, or re-licensing previously purchased music videos if / when you upgrade your PC
If you still use Zune’s Music Pass feature, you will still be able to stream and download music. Those songs and videos that have already been purchased will also not be affected.
Looks like Zune lost the battle with Apple’s iPod, however personally, I still enjoy my Zune but must face the music that it won’t be around much longer.