Microsoft To Retire TV, Movie, And Music Content On Zune Marketplace

Zune Marketplace

Microsoft yesterday revealed that they are going to stop offering TV, Movie and Music content on Zune Marketplace. Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase. Xbox Music and Xbox Video are now Microsoft’s music and video stores.

Q.What’s changing with Zune Marketplace?

A.Starting as early as August 22nd Microsoft Points will be retired. As a result you will no longer be able to rent or buy TV, movie, or music content on Zune Marketplace. We encourage you to spend your points balance prior to this change.

Q.Will I still be able to use Zune to enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows in my personal collection?

A.Yes, you will still be able to stream unlimited music with your Xbox Music Pass and enjoy playback of the music, movies, and TV shows in your personal collection.

Q.Where will I be able to rent or purchase movies and TV shows?

A.You will be able to rent or purchase movies and TV shows through Xbox Video on Xbox 360 and Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Starting later this year you will be able to access Xbox Video on Xbox One, Windows Phone 8, and any web browser.

Q.Where will I be able to purchase Music?

A.You will be able to purchase music through the Xbox Music app on Windows 8 PCs and tablets or through the marketplace on your Windows Phone. You can also sign up for an Xbox Music Pass to get unlimited music streaming and downloads on your PC, tablet, phone, and Xbox 360. You can also enjoy unlimited streaming with an Xbox Music Pass through the Xbox Music web app.

Q.I’m on the original Zune Music Pass that allows me to download 10 songs per month. Will I still be able to redeem my song credits in the Zune Marketplace?

A.Yes. There will be no impact to your original Zune Music Pass or your ability to redeem your 10 monthly song credits.

Q.Where can I find out more about Microsoft Points retiring?

A.For more information please visit www.xbox.com/pointsfaq

Q.Will I still be able to use my Microsoft Points to make purchases on Zune?

A.No, once Microsoft Points are retired you will not be able to use them

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  • Emily the Strange

    It was logical they would do that, especially when Xbox music and Xbox video is supposed to fully replace them with win8.

    • koenshaku

      doesn’t change the fact they both have gone backwards. xb music and video blow then you have a sync tool for wp8 that only syncs iTunes I use a lumia 920 atm, but if apple releasing a larger phone with a cooler UI I can seriously see myself jumping ship at this point.

  • Avatar Roku

    So of the 1.3 billion Windows users in the world only 100M will be able to buy and rent media from Microsoft? That really makes sense. Good going Microsoft on this brilliant decision. Maybe you should give Windows 7, XP users a way to access Xbox Music and Video before you cut them all off from your content.

    • cybersaurusrex

      I think Xbox Music can be accessed from the web now.

    • stlbud

      agreed. Even still, if you have Xbox Music, there is no reasonable way to discover or find new music on the Xbox Music Marketplace. They really still have a lot of work to do before Xbox Music is anything near the rich experience in Zune. It’s sad really.

  • Captain Panaka

    Understood this is the natural progression of things…but I just hope they seriously improve the Xbox Music app in Windows 8.1…because currently, on my Surface Pro, the Xbox Music App sucks donkey balls. Seriously Microsoft, you want to compete with iTunes, then create an awesome music app that plays not just WMV files, but FLAC files as well. You build it, GAZILLIONS will follow. True.

    • cybersaurusrex

      Agree. The app still needs more features.

  • stlbud

    So, what is someone with Windows 7 supposed to do?

  • Yuan Taizong

    All the content will still exist, so only M.S. points will retire.