Microsoft Ending Rental And Purchase Of Content On Zune Marketplace From Nov 22nd

Zune Marketplace End

Microsoft yesterday sent out email to customers notifying that Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content starting Nov 22nd. Zune Marketplace had millions of songs, videos, podcasts, and TV shows for purchase and rental and it was available across Windows Phone 7 devices, PC, Xbox and the web. Since Microsoft has transitioned to the new Xbox entertainment services like Xbox Music and Xbox Video, Zune Marketplace will shutdown on Nov 22nd.

Email from Microsoft,

We recently notified you that with the Fall 2013 release of the Xbox 360 update, Microsoft Points are being retired. This email is a confirmation that as part of this update, Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content, or browsing movies and TV shows, beginning as early as November 22, 2013.

If you have a remaining Microsoft Points balance, you can transition your Microsoft account from Microsoft Points to local currency by initiating a purchase or redeeming a Microsoft Points card or code on your Xbox 360, or in the Video app or Music app on a Windows 8.1 tablet or PC. At that time, we’ll add to your account an amount of currency equal to or greater than the Xbox stores value of your Microsoft Points. Beginning as early as November 22, you can also transition your account to local currency by initiating a purchase or redeeming a Microsoft Points card on your Xbox One or at

For video, you can now rent and buy the latest blockbuster movies and TV shows using your local currency on Xbox Video. Xbox Video is available now on your Xbox 360, or Windows 8.1 and RT PCs and tablets. It will also be available on the web at and your Xbox One starting November 22, and on Windows Phone 8 as early as this holiday. And, the video content you’ve purchased through Zune Marketplace will be available to you on all of these Xbox Video stores.

For music, you can purchase your favorite songs and albums, including the latest new releases, using your local currency on Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets.

If you have further questions about your Microsoft account, please visit

For more information on Xbox Video, please visit

For more information on Xbox Music, please visit

The Xbox Music & Video Team

  • farmer pancho

    Am i the only zune user here? :( wonder if i can still download podcasts thru zune tho….

    • Kyle Riggo Lyon

      That was my first thought!

      • fentonr

        Agreed. This makes it sound like you can…I hope anyway. I don’t mind moving these things to my phone, but most lumias are still only 16gb and have no SD slot…not enough storage! Plus, podcast support leaves something to be desired on WP8.

        • Bugbog

          All high-end Lumia’s are available in 32GB and even 64GB! The lower-end ones although coming in at 8 & 16GB all come with SD-Card slots (except the 720, I think).

          • Forg0t2

            Your phone does not have a micro-SD card slot, but it provides the onboard storage as below:

            4GB (Nokia Lumia 505 and 510)

            8GB (Nokia Lumia 610 and 710)

            16GB (Nokia Lumia 800, 900, and 925)

            32GB (Nokia Lumia 920, 920T, 928 and 1020)

            You may also have Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage, which lets you access and share docs and photos virtually anywhere.

            This comes straight from the Nokia website…

          • Bugbog

            Firstly, the 505, 510, 610, 710, 800 & 900 are older discontinued models (from 2012) that have been superseded by newer ones: 520, 620, 625, 720, 820, all of which have micro-sd card slots. (And if any of these old models are still being sold anywhere, their very cost should make the buyer beware!)

            Secondly, whilst the 925 comes with 16GB, there are also 32Gb models available. The same goes for the 32GB 1020, which has a 64GB option.

            Additionally, the 1520 will be released on the 22nd of this month, coming with 32GB and a Micro-SD card slot.

          • fentonr

            Okay, true, the just released models have more

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  • Guest

    This why do I feel like an idiot for buying a Zune and a Windows Phone 7…maybe I should think seriously about this Surface 2 purchase…

    • erudolph

      This is something I have said for quite a while. You cannot not trust Microsoft to stand behind their technology, which is why I refuse to buy any of their hardware products. I absolutely loved the Zune and if they had the creativity and conviction of someone at Apple, they could have developed it into a standard platform. I still use my Zune 120 as my primary music, podcast device, but I have been actively trying to migrate to my Galaxy S3 with a 64gb sd card. This is frustrating as it is not nearly enough to accommodate the 103gb of content on my Zune. After getting burned by this and the Xbox RROD and seeing their performance on their first line of phones, I will never trust or purchase another hardware device from them.

      • nohone

        “You cannot not trust Microsoft to stand behind their technology”
        So you can trust their products, but you refuse to buy them? Apple usually stops supporting their Mac computers after 3 years. iPads, iPods the same. They will sometimes have a little bit longer life time on their iPhones. Then again, 3rd parties did not support 10 year old graphics cards right out of the box with Vista, and Microsoft was to blame and it made Vista a horrible product. A few months later, those 10 year old graphics cards got drivers from 3rd party companies. But Apple drops support for 2 year old printers from OSX, and it was a good thing because people should want to upgrade to the latest technology rather than using the old stuff.

        • erudolph

          Don’t confuse things – I never said that Microsoft didn’t make a good product. I purchased and used the Zune because it was a far superior product. The disappointment has been that they dropped the line instead of sticking with it and developing it. Sometimes it takes time, nerve and refinement to see a product to success. They made a huge leap with the Zune HD; an elegant product ahead of its time, but instead of continuing to refine it, they dropped it under the misguided belief that they could not do the Zune and a phone at the same time.

          I spoke of Apple because for the most part, they continue to improve and refine their products. For goodness sake I believe the iPod classic started in 2007, grew to 160gb and guess what – they are still available for sale on the Apple website! Despite having a market leading phone with MP3 capabilities, they understand that you can have two overlapping product lines without sacrificing one.

          I am not an Apple user simply because I have no need or desire for their products and am a Linux/Unix user. With that said, I truly admire the way that Apple and other manufacturers stick with their product lines. That does not mean they do not morph and change as technology does. To the contrary, they mastered the marketing end to make their products leading names.

          • nohone

            Actually I was poking a little fun of your double negative.
            The rumor has been that they made a bunch of iPod classic years ago, and are trying to sell through their stock. They have not updated it in over 4 years, and the last time I looked, they don’t even list it in the quarterly statements. Their iPod touch has had drastically decreasing sales, to where they are expected to drop it in a year or two.
            But the Apple products I have owned, they dropped support quickly. My Mac mini was supported for only 3 years before they no longer updated the OS, which was a problem for me since I had an iPhone app that made enough to pay for my mini, but would not pay for a new one which was needed to install their dev tools to update it. And then there are the iPod touches I bought that they quickly dropped. It always tweaks me when people talk about how Apple support their products, when my experience has been the opposite. But then Microsoft has been supporting XP for 12 years, and it is claimed they don’t support it, when they didn’t need to and make no money off of supporting it.

          • Zdenko

            MSFT supported XP for 12 years because enterprise refuse to migrate to the “upgrades”

          • BoxerUno

            Interesting my 2005 easily upgraded to Snow Leopard and my 2009 to Maverick as well as my 2007 iMac.

  • nadako

    We need Xbox Music to have support for Podcasts just like Zune. Also what does this mean for the people that have been paying for the $150 zune music pass that gives us 10 free songs a month? Last I checked my phone was the only thing that could still use my points. Xbox music had no support.