An email that went out to Zune subscribers not only states that they are preparing to launch XBOX Music but it also outlines a few features that will no longer be available. Some of the features that are being closed out are Apps for the Zune HD, Purchasing Music videos as part of the Zune Music Pass or re-downloading purchased music videos and more. This leads us to believe that there is a different deal in place for the new XBOX Music service between Microsoft and the Music industry.
If you don’t have an Xbox 360, what are you waiting for?
Here is the email that is being sent out
As we prepare for the exciting launch of Xbox Music later this fall, we want to make you aware of some pending changes to the Zune Music service that will be made on August 31st.
Specifically, the following features will no longer be available:
- Sending and receiving messages, inviting friends, sharing the songs, playlists, and albums you are listening to, and viewing past play history
- Mixview playback and channel playlists
- Apps for Zune HD
- Purchasing music videos or streaming them as a part of Zune Music Pass from the Zune PC software
- Re-downloading, re-activating, or re-licensing previously purchased music videos if / when you upgrade your PC
These changes will NOT affect music streaming or downloading as part of Zune Music Pass, impact songs that you have purchased from Zune Marketplace, or change your ability to stream music videos on Xbox 360.
We thank you for being an important part of the Zune Music community.
Soon we’ll have more to share about Xbox Music, our brand new service that lets you access the music you care about on Xbox, phones, and tablets, plus a whole lot more.
The Zune Music Team