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MSFT Zune to Act As Windows Phone Sync Client

Microsoft Windows Phone 7's only official launch date so far is before Christmas, but recent reports say we could see the first devices on shelves in mid-October. Yesterday Microsoft revealed that its Zune media service would be integrated with Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Live, serving as the synchronization client for the new mobile OS and enabling users to access music and movies on the go and in the living room.

"The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings," said Craig Eisler, corporate vice president of Interactive Entertainment Business Group at Microsoft. "Zune enables users to access the entertainment they want, wherever they want it — and now, more people than ever will be able to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that the Zune service offers."

Zune 4.7 will be available to download in more than 20 countries, including the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Users in these countries can now enjoy the same Zune service we in the U.S. have had for quite some time including the ability to purchase and manage their music, movies, podcasts and pictures.

Redmond says it will also introduce Europeans to Zune Pass, a monthly Zune subscription service that will allow users in the UK, France, Italy and Spain to download and stream an unlimited number of tracks. Microsoft will charge users €9.99 or £8.99 a month for unlimited download and streaming access to the Zune music catalog. The U.S. price will remain at $14.99 for the same service and the added ability to keep ten tracks per month.

Countries allowed to purchase music through Zune are France, Italy, Spain, and Germany, while those in UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be able to purchase video. Microsoft will also provide a movie rental service for those in the UK. France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

  • tulx
    This is a sensible thin to do. I can only wish other Xbox service providers (such as Last FM) would drop the ridiculous region restrictions as well.
  • dredg98
    they need a zune with it too
  • liveonc
    Too bad Zune HD doesn't include Skype or Google Voice Calls. A mifi could mean they'd sell phones as well as software.
  • Poisoner
    heh, the Zune program sucks ball sack. My wife has a Zune and its a nice device, but the fancy program that comes with it is a pain in the backside. Give my iTunes and its "spreadsheet" any day of the week. Function before style.
  • matt87_50
    need any more proof its an iphone clone?

    except the software doesn't work on macs I think.

    so they've managed to be even more restrictive! GW!
  • Gankak
    Zune software outclasses Itunes in both speed and usability. Itunes blows in comparison
  • Ramar
    How can something that's better than an iphone be an iphone clone?

    Also, the Zune software is SO MUCH better than Itunes. You can't even compare. Go look at any review on the net for conversion, transfer, and load times. Zune software isn't perfect, but it's in a completely different class.
  • matt87_50
    I don't want to HAVE to use it. I don't care how good it is.
  • Kelavarus
    I've been looking at getting a Zune HD for a little while now, but what keeps me from getting one is the lack of application support from Microsoft, and it seems there's probably an HD2 just around the corner.

    I wish they'd send out a concrete idea of what's going to happen to the Zune HD. It's a very powerful little handheld, just doesn't get the attention it deserves.

    And I don't WANT a phone, thank you.
    Still can't purchase music in Canada? Something is seriously wrong.