Zune Music coming to Australia on November 16

Zune Logo 560x186 Zune Music coming to Australia on November 16

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that Australians will finally get access to the Zune Music Marketplace and Zune Music Pass on November 16. This is exciting news for Australian customers who have been waiting years to get their hands on music direct from Zune.

Australia’s Zune Music Pass will run subscribers $11.99 a month or $119.90 a year. It will include all of the features people have come to expect, including unlimited streaming music videos, which was introduced earlier this month as part of the service’s expansion into Canada. The aforementioned announcement also included a price drop from $14.99 to $9.99, but the conversion rate means Australian customers will be paying a bit more.

The Zune Music Marketplace has a library of “more than 11 million tracks available for purchase in MP3 format.” DRM-free tracks purchased through the service are playable on every MP3-compatible device, while Zune Pass content can be streamed to Zune devices, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, the Zune PC software client, and Zune.net. The service is also accessible through Bing’s Music section.

We’re very excited to see the service start playing in yet another international market. It’s been a long time in coming, but the wait will be over in just three weeks.

[Zune Insider]


MarvintheMartian on October 27, 2011 1:32 PM

A little late for this, isn’t it? Oh wait….they must expect WP7 to be more successful than the Zune player was.

Aron on October 27, 2011 11:12 PM

@MarvintheMartian, you know this will be part of the (SUPER SUCCESSFUL) Xbox 360, right? Windows Phone is here to stay. Product value is not based on how many people use it, or how many phones they sell; if the services and OS are right for some people and they truly love it (as most users and critics do) then how is that a failure or ‘unsuccessful’?

Sales numbers are not a measure of success.

For me Android is not a success by this measure – the OS is a mess, the services and offerings are fractured and user experience is all over the place. A terrible failure based on those merits – and sales numbers can’t fix that, only Google can, and they haven’t – therefore a failure.

William Devereux on October 28, 2011 4:47 PM

I agree, Aron. In fact, I have a feeling that Windows Phone will see a large increase in market share over the next year or two. Analysts have been predicting that it’ll even eclipse the iPhone.
Zune Pass works great on Windows Phone, Xbox 360, and the rest of the devices and platforms mentioned above. And it still works quite well with existing Zune hardware too. If you enjoy music, Zune Pass is still a very viable solution.

copeys on November 1, 2011 10:59 AM

This better hurry up. My Zune HD is sitting there waiting for its 11 million streamable tracks.

Joe Mob on November 2, 2011 7:12 PM

Why do you think it’s priced higher for Australia? Pricing in US and Canada is exclusive of any VAT or GST. Australia includes it, hence the higher cost.

Pharaoh on November 16, 2011 4:59 PM

Good news. This may well be the first subscription music service with a decent library to launch here, I’m surprised I haven’t seen more about it in the local tech press. An alternative to iTunes for purchasing downloads is also welcome, especially if the per-track price is better than $1.69.

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