Microsoft Work & Play bundle replaces Xbox Music Pass with $60 gift card

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Microsoft work & play bundle replaces xbox music pass with $60 gift card

Microsoft has quietly altered the Work & Play bundle, which groups together several services at a discounted price. The bundle was originally made available in the fall of 2014 for $199, and included a year subscription to each of the following: Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music, Office 365 Home, and Skype Unlimited World.  The catch was that it was available only via physical Microsoft Stores located in the U.S.  The Work & Play bundle was reintroduced this month, with the added option of purchasing online, and a further price reduction down to $149.

And now, yet another change has taken place: Xbox Music has been removed, replaced with a “bonus” $60 gift card to the Windows and Xbox stores.  On one hand, the overall value of the bundle has been reduced; a 12-month subscription to Xbox Music normally runs for $99.  On the other hand, some customers might appreciate the freedom to spend that money on a variety of content, which extends beyond music into games and video.

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