In a move that has been coming for a quite a while, Microsoft has announced that it will finally be winding down the Zune music service on November 15th. The company said that from that date the few remaining Zune devices still being used won’t be able to stream or download any music from the service, and any content that was purchased with DRM may not play if the license can’t be renewed. Any existing MP3s on Zune devices will continue to work as usual.
Anyone with a subscription to Zune music’s monthly or 3-month passes will automatically have them converted to the Groove music service’s $9.99 monthly plan, along with yearly subscribers who will switch to the $99 per year Groove Music Pass. Those on 3-month or annual plans wishing to cancel their subscription before it ends may be entitled to a partial refund.