I wrote about the migration from Microsoft Points last week in Xbox Live + Local Currency.
At the time, a number of readers still using Zune Marketplace—required for Zune devices as well as Windows Phone 7.x handsets—asked me whether I thought Microsoft would update the Zune PC software to support this change to local currency.
I didn’t think that would happen, but it didn’t occur to me that the firm would use this as a further step towards Zune’s final curtain call.
Microsoft alerted users of its deprecated Zune Marketplace that it will no longer be offering music, TV show or movie purchases (or, for movies, rentals) through the service starting as soon as next week.
The change comes as the service’s Xbox-branded replacements shift from Microsoft Points to using local currency.
The good news: This doesn’t impact any of the Zune Music Pass features of the dying Zune platform, including the 10 free songs per month that subscribers to the original Zune Pass still receive.
But you have to think that offering will eventually be axed as well, as there is no support for it in Xbox Music.
Again, check out Xbox Live + Local Currency for the details.
But the point here is that you cannot purchase music with Microsoft Points after this migration occurs. When the conversion away from Microsoft Points happens next week, users will no longer be able to purchase movies or TV shows, or rent movies, from Zune Marketplace through the Zune PC software.
However, Microsoft also revealed that it will be bringing Xbox Video to the web—as it did recently with Xbox Music—“later this year.” Why they couldn’t have synced that up with this milestone is unclear. Users who purchased movies and TV shows will still be able to stream and download that content.
Microsoft doesn’t specify that this will be possible from the Zune software, but I assume that will be the case. Zune Marketplace will no longer support music purchases.
Instead, you must use the Xbox Music app for handsets.
(Xbox Music for web doesn’t support music purchases for some reason.) Zune Music Pass.
None of the Zune Music Pass functionality is changing. “There will be no impact to your original Zune Music Pass or your ability to redeem your 10 monthly song credits,” Microsoft says.