Microsoft retires Zune services
Microsoft’s Zune music player has never been a really popular device but if you own one and it does not seem to work anymore, the reason is not hidden inside the gadget. It is Microsoft to blame this time since the US software giant has completely stopped all Zune services as well as all Zune support.
Microsoft will keep on selling music and videos through Groove Music, Movies and TV but Zune is to be no more. This is the logical end of an entertainment platform, which failed to gain recognition and acceptance and has been slowly phased out ever since year 2011 when Microsoft stopped the production of new Zune MP3 players. Users who have Zune Music Passes that come with unlimited streaming and ten downloads will be moved to Groove Music Pass, which also has unlimited streaming. Those of you who do not want to perform this switch will get a refund.
Microsoft released the Zune music player for the first time in year 2006 and truth to be told it wasn’t a bad device at all but the then reigning champion – Apple’s iPod – did not leave any chance to Zune to leave any mark on the market. Still, hanging in there for nearly ten years is not a bad achievement against all odds so we should not remember Zune as a failure.