The Microsoft Zune brand has been rather quiet in the recent years, especially in face of competition from a variety of services and hardware from manufacturers all around the world. This is why it does not come as a surprise to learn that Microsoft will be winding down Zune Music’s services on the 15th of November.
According to Microsoft’s announcement, “As of November 15, 2015, Zune services will be retired. You will no longer be able to stream or download content to your device from the Zune music service. However, Zune devices will still function as music players and any MP3 content that you own on the Zune device will remain there. You’ll also be able to transfer music to and from your Zune player.”
However the good news is that there will be a transition and for those who are subscribed to Zune Music Pass, you guys will be automatically converted to the Groove Music Pass. For those who subscribed on a month-to-month basis, this will occur the next billing cycle and will continue at $9.99 a month.
For those who are subscribed with the 3-month packages or annual packages, you guys will have your subscription switched to Groove Music Pass on in October/November, with 3-month subscribers being converted to monthly subscriptions instead. If you’d rather not carry on with the service, you can cancel it before your subscription ends and there might be a chance for you to get a partial refund.