ZUNE, WHICH MIGHT OF BEEN A CONTENDER, is finally being put out of its misery by Microsoft.
Zune is not one of Microsoft's victories and the hardware version of the iTunes challenger was put in a sack with stones and thrown in the river some time ago.
A FAQ from Microsoft said that the Zune services will be retired, which is a nice way to put it, on 15 November and users, all of them, will have to lump it and move on to the new Redmond record spinner Groove Music.
Zune users are advised that they can still use their players but will not be able to stream or download material from Zune. We can't imagine how many Zunes are still out there, but we do recall that, when Microsoft announced it had sold over two million units back in 2008, Apple was selling about as many iPods a month.
Apple, in case you missed it, is still selling iPods. Microsoft does not currently have a music player option, but it does retain associated services.
"As of 15 November 2015, Zune services will be retired. You will no longer be able to stream or download content to your device from the Zune music service," explained the Redmond pop picker.
"However, Zune devices will still function as music players and any MP3 content that you own on the Zune device will remain there. You'll also be able to transfer music to and from your Zune player."
There is a caveat: anything bought with DRM protection may not play if the associated licence cannot be renewed. On the good news front, anyone with an existing Zune Music Pass - we assume that these are Unicorn-level rare - will get a Groove Music Pass subscription, which is probably what Microsoft wanted all along anyway.
Groove Music is the firm's latest effort to grab some of that music streaming market money, and forms part of the Windows 10 experience.
The option - many other such services are available and we understand that Apple offers one - features on desktops, Windows phones and tablets and the Xbox games machine. µ
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