Microsoft Expands Zune Service Internationally
The time has finally come when Microsoft is seeing fit to expand its Zune services internationally as it announced a slew of new features for a variety of countries with the launch of version 4.7 of the Zune software. The software is preceding the launch of Windows Phone 7 and will enable desktop sync on those devices. However, the Zune Marketplace is launching in twenty countries but it gets a bit complicated outside the UK and France. The Zune Pass subscription service will debut in the UK, France, Italy, and Spain for £8.99 or €9.99 a month and will offer unlimited streaming of music. Unlike the US version however, you will not be able to keep ten tracks a month. Music purchases are arriving in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Any music purchased will be in the MP3 format so anything supporting that will be able to play the songs. Video purchases will be hitting the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Playback of the videos will be allowed on any PC, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7 devices. Video rentals are hitting even more markets than the purchases as Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Mexico join the already named countries from the video purchase access. Like the purchases, rentals can be played on any PC, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7 device.