For those who don't know, the Zune Marketplace went offline today and users were only given a few hours notice. As of this writing, they're still offline (6pm) and it could take all night before they're done.
But done doing what? That's the cryptic part here as there was no pre-announcement, but as ZDNet did some digging, they found out that Microsoft is arranging a marriage between Bing and Zune.
In fact, you can kind of see it working now. Go to Bing.com, search for your favorite band and you'll get a bunch of info on them plus songs which can be played (see the little 'play' button?). Of course it doesn't stream right now and instead you get the image to the right, but we think by late tonight it'll be a different story.
Nice to see Microsoft taking Zune to the next level and putting these two services together, it just makes sense. To what extent though these features overlap remains to be seen. It would be nice to have a Bing search launch my Zune software and add it directly to my Zune HD or, come November, my Xbox and Windows Phone 7.
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You may be right, but I was hoping for a bigger upgrade. The Zune Marketplace is back up, and there are no updates available. *sigh*
I think Zune software will see a substantial update this fall once WP7 is launched. This Bing update looks fantastic. Even something as simple as Tab ui element really makes a difference in discovery content.
i just tried it. you can play games and listen to music straight from bing. you can get music lyrics and watch tv shows from bing in an easy interface. considering every windows phone has a bing button on them, this is an incredible leap for simplicity in phones. want to play a game? press bing button, search game, play. no need to download an app.
Of course, no power now, but you get the picture right, but we think it's so late at night, then, is a different story.
i live in Switzerland and unfortunately it does not work here (even if you set your location to US)....sad sad
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