Microsoft is killing the Zune music service

Microsoft’s Zune music service will be no more from 15 November 2015, and subscribers will automatically be migrated to a Groove Music Pass.

Zune devices will continue to work, said Microsoft, but warned that content with digital rights management may not play if the licence can’t be renewed.

There are a few differences between the Zune and Groove Music passes, which Microsoft highlighted:

  • Groove does not include 10 free tracks per month, but costs less.
  • Groove is priced at $9.99 per month, or $99.90 per year.
  • Groove is available on the following devices: Windows 10, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, Sonos, and through web browsers.

Zune Music Pass subscribers who have a 3-month or annual subscription within the migration period (15 October to 15 November) may be eligible for a refund if they elect to cancel their subscriptions.

Microsoft said these subscribers will be e-mailed with details about refunds soon.

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