Microsoft Zune Pass officially announced

Darren Allan
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Microsoft has confirmed that it will be offering a Zune Pass unlimited music streaming service in the UK.

The Zune Pass will cost £8.99 per month, although we already knew that due to a screen grab which was leaked a couple of weeks back. As well as Xbox and PC owners being able to access it, as predicted the service will also hook up with Windows Phone 7.

A free two week trial will be available, and along with unlimited music streaming, the Zune Pass also offers unlimited downloads – although the tracks can only be kept as long as your subscription is active, according to a report in the Guardian (they’re deleted when your subscription runs out).

The bad news, however, is that you won’t get ten free tracks to keep for good every month whether your subscription is maintained or not, as you do in the States.

The Zune Pass will also offer users the chance to purchase downloadable films (although on the Xbox, the platform will be a streaming only affair).

The service will be launching this autumn according to Microsoft, and it’s likely to be out at some stage next month.

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