Zune DRM music no longer supported

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

At the E3 event back in 2012, Microsoft presented Xbox Music, a streaming service that let users listen to millions of songs by using the proprietary Microsoft music platform. Soon, this service was rebranded as Groove music together with the release of Windows 10.

Now, the Groove catalog has more than 38 million tracks available on several platforms, including Windows, Android or iOS. However, before both Groove Music and Xbox Music would be released, Microsoft tried its hand at the music market with Zune.

The Zune Music Pass offered unlimited access to all songs for just $9.99 a month. However, any song referred to any one of the 11 million that were available. However, this proved to be a failure since Zune players and the Zune music store started declining after 2010. In November 2015, Redmond finally shuttered the service.

After that, you could still use the Zune device for playing music, but you could not download or stream any content to it. However, Microsoft is taking the final step towards getting rid of this failed attempt. Starting on March 12 of 2017, it will stop supporting the service. If you bought music from Zune Marketplace before 2012, you won’t be able to listen to the DRM music.

Since these songs were bought and it would be unfair for you not to be able to listen to them, Microsoft will offer you the MP3 versions of the tracks for no extra cost. For now, there is no deadline as to how long you have in order to do so. You just have to go to music.microsoft.com and pick-up the MP3s found in your collection.


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