Some of you may not be aware that Microsoft produced a multimedia player called Zune a few years ago. The Zune garnered quite a cult following but alas the device was discontinued in 2011. Since then Microsoft has been keeping the Zune music service going but that will all change soon.
It’s unknown how many Zunes are still in use out in the wild but from November 15, 2015 they won’t be able to download or stream content from the Zune music service. However any content purchased from the service will remain on the device and of course, music can be transferred “to and from” the device. Unfortunately if the license for any Digital Rights Management (DRM) content purchased from the service can’t be renewed, the content will not be playable.
Interestingly, Microsoft adds that anyone owning a Zune Music Pass subscription will have it converted over to a Groove Music Pass subscription. Presumably the new subscriptions will only work on other devices that have the Groove Music app.
The Zune device also had access to the Xbox Video service, but support for that was pulled a couple of years ago. Microsoft only supports a device for a limited amount of time after it has been discontinued so the ending of the Zune music service is an inevitable nail in the coffin for the Zune.