Behold, the quote that spawned dozens of ‘what, Zune services are still going?’ comments in the media: “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.” That’s Microsoft talking, in a FAQ on its plans to finally shutter its Zune digital music service,
although the company has stressed that its Zune devices will still be able to play the MP3 files stored on them. The small number of people still paying $9.99 a month for a Zune Music Pass subscription will be transferred over to a Groove Music Pass – itself the rebranded version of Microsoft’s Xbox Music. Talking of Groove Music, there was another announcement about that yesterday: confirmation that it works on Sonos devices, after a six-week beta test. Xbox Music never made it to Sonos, so it’s a step forward for the service – even if Microsoft is still staying quiet on how many people are using it.
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