Farewell, Zune; today is the final day for all Zune services

The last vestiges of Microsoft's Zune brand are officially ending today. As previously announced in September, today is the final day for the remaining Zune hardware devices to download or steam content from Microsoft's Zune services.

Those Zune devices can still play MP3 tunes that are in their hard drives, and any songs that are still stored on a Zune player can be transferred to another device. The remaining Zune Music Pass subscribers will be automatically converted over to a Groove Music Pass plan at the rate of $9.99 a month.

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178 Comments
  • The best mp3 player out there. Zune HD UI is the one that got me into WP. Sad MS is leaving it to dust.
  • Yeah I loved it too, bought it the day it came out, it was great. Unfortunately people didn't buy it enough
  • I agree with you, but people at that point didn't have enough of a convincing reason to. The Zune brand was so late to the market and it wasn't until the second iteration of the hdd version that it really started to present itself as a future competitor. The HD was and still is amazing, and the Zune software is so good that it still laps the crippled mess that is Groove. Timing matters though, and there wasn't enough positive (or any for that matter) mind share or awareness for the brand to make any sort of dent
  • LOL I was thinking that too. My Zune sits on my desk and I still use the Zune software. It's so good at parties. People like the album art wall and artist info. Whenever someone asks about it I tell them about it and they are surprised they didn't know about it.
    They knew about it. They were too cool for it though. Same story with Windows Phone. For people that love to be so proud of their individuality, smartphone users behave a lot like lemmings or sheep.
  • No.
  • I dont think that people didn't buy enough. It was not available outside us if I am right. Did not get any chance to buy one here in Germany.
  • Its like so many MS products.  They purposfully limit them to US customers only despite demand from elsewhere in the world, then claim to not understand why it didn't sell as much as they wanted. I still can't get a couple of Xbox accessories here in Oz even though they've been available in the US and europe for months. Also, the original Zune 30 was a rebranded Toshiba Gigabeat.  Many peopel forget that.
  • If it won't sell in the US, why would any other country be different? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Lol hd was only available in Canada for 6 months till the announcement & the originals site was the only was to get zune products tax free
  • Groove has a lot of catching up to do, but still it is better than xbox music and is improving everyday.
  • How is it better?
  • Yes.  Please explain how it's better!  I can surely describe to you how it's not!  But since you've made such a statement go ahead and explain.  Truthfully I don't even think you used ZUNE, especially on Windows Phone. 
  • Groove is better than xbox music and everybody knows that.
  • ...
  • The name alone is horrible. How can it be better than Xbox Music?
  • he said xbox music, not zune.
  • Yeah, I know that.  But this article was about Zune.  I believe he's equating Xbox Music with Zune because he thinks they are one of the same so I responded in kind.  But that said, I don't see any appreciable difference between Xbox Music and Groove music.  And neither can compare to Zune IMO. 
  • Nah, he was comparing groove with xbox music, and groove is way better than xbox music, there isnt ANYTHING that xbox music could do that groove cant now, and there is a lot that groove can do now, that xbox music couldn't
  • It seems like all they changed was the logo, what can Groove do that Xbox Music could not???
  • Well for starters, it loads meta data correctly, it also allows for audio scrubbing and gapless playback as well as landscape support. thats not all thats jsut what comes to mind imediately.
  • Guzfrabba dude, none of this is serious enough to get that worked over.
  • I agree. Awesome UI and was also hoping MS would continue on with the format. No improvement's with new music program so I cancelled my long time subscription. Currently using Amazon Music on my Surface Pro 3 and like it a lot.
  • Spotify is 100xbetter than Amazon.
  • But Amazon Music comes "free" with your Prime subscription. Plus, you can't store your own files on Spotify.
    I too made the switch to Amazon music and though I'll admit that the free streaming catalog is much larger in Groove, it will save me money in the long run. Also, I trust Amazon staying in the streaming business more than I trust Microsoft.
  • Mine is still my go to music device. I just have a copy of Zune software in my OneDrive for when I change PCs.
  • That Zune desktop app is still fantastic.  I use it daily.
  • Actually mp3 players in general were being left in the dust.  They were all replaced by smart phones.
  • But i just bought Sony Walkman mp3. Yeah you are right anyway they are selling less now a days.
  • Too bad ... But anyway twas good whiles it lasted. The UI though- great!
  • I received that email a few days ago telling me I successfully changed my service to groove music pass, I'm gonna miss my 10 free songs per month.
  • Yeah, I'm actually debating cancelling my service now... That email pissed me off...
  • The only reason I kept the music pass originally was being grandfathered in the 10 songs a month. I'm definitely going to cancel.
  • Last December I bought a 12 month Xbox Music subscription for $29.00. Just hold out for that promo at least!
  • And if you miss that, wait for pi day when it's 31.4 dollars.
  • My 10 songs replenishes on 12th of each month. I see that I have 10 to use. Wonder if I have to use the 10 songs by the end of the day?
  • Since the servers will be shut off my guess is yes you do...
  • But in the past couple of months, I've used the 10 songs through Groove. I'm gonna use then today just in case...
  • I forgot to use my credits yesterday. However, I was able to use some of them in Groove just now.
  • But you have unlimited song downloads with groove music pass.
  • But I moved to an area with crappy cell service and I'm constantly getting "fetching rights" errors. On my 1520 with Xbox music, if I got the error when shuffling, it simply skipped the song and went to the next. Now with my 640xl and Groove, when I get the error, the player stops! Totally sucks when that happens while driving!
  • After the July or august update I believe, that hasn't happened to me anymore.
  • Same thing happens to me!!! Nothing sadder than a drive with no music
  • The old anual pass basically paid for itself with the free downloads. You got to own 10 per month from the old pass, as well as download unlimited, the new pass is music rental only.
  • Sad sad sad. Me too.
  • Still waiting on my refund email as I cancelled.
  • Yes, me too. I had missed the email announcing the change and thought it had something to do with my credit card. So I made a big fool of myself on support chat.
  • Long live Poop, I mean Groove, Music...
  • Good device, great name, logo and desktop music player. MS just released it too late (like WP in general). Imo, they dumped that branding too soon. Xbox never made sense and Groove is a dumb name.
  • Sounds better than Zune. Lol I'm just sayin...
  • and how exactly did "iPod" sound any better as a name?
  • The iPod is a completely different brand from a completely different company with a different philosophy
    So your comparison doesn't make sense Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It does, your judging a weird name from a first time product, IPod sounds no better than Zune if you take away its massive popularity, if the Zune had taklen off, zune wouldnt sound weird at all.
  • Exactly. Groove is such a horrible name.
  • I'm just curios, what would people like it to be called that sounds better. Groove makes sense, since that's what people tend to do to music...they Groove. Beats music service name made sense, too because music tend to have beats and rhythm. Ahhh...Rhythm! Yeah, that sounds good, right? Hey, people are entitled to their opinions, but I'm just curious.
  • No. Zune was a copy of iTunes + iPod. Windows Phone is an original idea. That is the difference.
  • I just remembered windows phone 7 :(
  • Um...Zune desktop will still be available for download?
  • I downloaded it agian just in case
  • This^
    Gonna quickly download the exe just in case!!
  • Won't matter if they shut the back end services off
  • You can still use it for locally stored media... It's way better than Groove
  • Its great for local files
  • And if you still have a Zune player, it is the ONLY way you can put new media on it. It never was seen as a removable drive to which you could just copy music.
  • It's just for locally managing my Zunes. Don't wanna suddenly realize I can no longer find the setup file!
  • Why do you want the Zune desktop client??? It's totally garbage, it destroyed my entire music collection and I had to manually key the details back in. It's the stupidest software ever. I'm glad it's dead and I hope it doesn't ever get to see the light of day again.
  • you're high
  • No.  YOU destroyed your stuff.  Zune does NOTHING to files unless YOU tell it to. Buit I suppose you'd rather use itunes and self flagelate.
  • Can't sync my Lumia 900 anymore...
  • Really? Dude!!!
  • It's time for you to upgrade then. Lumia 950?
  • I still use hte Zune software for local tunes. WAY better than iTunes  
  • Zune desktop has yet to be topped. God knows why MS cant make Groove as good as Zune used to be... so frustrating.
  • If it wasn't for the ZUNE HD UI I wouldn't have switched day one to WP7 Series. Farewell, bro!
  • Is there any info on what we get with what's left over from our 10 credit subscription? I hope they extend it out further or something since that plan cost more than 9.99/mo plus we all paid in advance which should net you something.
  • I've been wondering the same thing, my annual subscription renewed last month.
  • Mine renewed in July. Wasn't it $129/yr?
  • Ironically I remember seeing the Zune in the store for the first time and going through the UI I said if this was a phone this would be pretty good....almost 10 years ago
  • Zune was designed very good,up until now they were never able to duplicate the Zune experience, on windows and windows phone. On my Zune hd it shuffled all my music perfect, something Xbox music , grove music failed terribly at. They could have integrated Zune into windows amd stuck with it, sometime Microsoft has no clue what they are doing. Up until now they don't know the mobile market very well for a company that created the market in the first place. I am counting down for when windows mobile fails again, project Astoria was the last chance to compete and they blew it. They are better off doing like black berry and running all their software on a modified android
  • You are mad. Yes Zune was good but that does not mean wm10 is bad, its actually the best mobile os till date.
  • Many think 8.1 is better than 10.
  • Nah 8.1 sucks. Nobody wants to go back to that.
  • Yeah, nobody. Go read the forums. You have zero clue what you are talking about.
  • I can agree to that. I reset my phone back to 8.1, when the Win 10 mobile 3 update ago had the resuming and loading issues. It was almost like going back to WP 7. Win 10 Mobile may not be perfect, but way better than what it was, even with it being a TP, IMO. I can't honestly think of anything that I miss about WP8.1. The good thing is, unlike it's predecessors, we should see more frequent updates, if MS stays on course with this. It took a whole year plus to get updates! As for Groove, I find it much better to use than Zune. It's much more straight forward than Zune was, despite the UI differences, and the fact that it plays your Onecloud music is a plus. I don't store any music on my phone, unless I know I'm going to be somewhere without service or internet. I think Groove will become much better over time. There is always room for improvement.
  • You're kidding right.  Its a jumbled mess compared to the old zune app.  Its exactly trhe same as what they've done with the NXOE, made everything more difficult to find and use, and changed the focus to trying to sell you stuff you don't want. I just want to play MY OWN music but thats the last thing MS wants me to do based on their design of every new UI they squirt onto my devices.
  • I agree with the music shuffling, groove always makes the same songs pop up
  • Get Spotify. It's awesome.
  • Spotify+TuneBite+iTunes Match=64Gb full of music on my Lumia.
  • I will be shredding a year for another great, and underappreciated device. It happens far too often...
  • As Carter said in Family Guy, to Bill Gates...." I can't get my Zune to work. Can you have a look at it?" At which point he pulls it out if his jacket and says, " Oh, I have an iPod like everybody else the planet". Unfortunately, sad but true.....
  • I have to search for that episode!
  • Here you go :D youtube.com/watch?v=gW6u0PP7vro
  • Omgggggg jhakahjahak
    I actually believe that's accurate lol
  • I remembers my zinehd got stolen so I was like hey might as well buy this windows phone cuz it has zune built in and here I am. Still say Zune was the Best music player I ever had
  • That's exactly what happened to me
  • If there was an real app store... Maybe
  • I have no idea why Zune got a bad rep. The players (in general) stored a lot more songs than an iPod, the touch pad made more sense than the ones on iPod, and the Zune desktop software was (and still is) leagues better than iTunes. Not to mention Zune was a better name than Xbox Music and Groove Music.
  • Apple people just bashed it because they didn't want any competition. They never even touched the thing but attacked it to no end even though it was far superior to the iPods.
  • So many reviews gave it bad scores because "its not an ipod".
  • The first one was ugliest thing I've seen (in pictures). You can't get back from that.
  • Wen Windows Phone..
  • RIP.  I still use my Zune HD almost daily, and use the Zune software to play music on my computers.
  • I use my Zune HD daily also via Kia Uvo, but I like to use Groove on my PC, tablet, and phone.
  • I remember using several Wal-Mart gift cards from previous Christmas' to buy my 32gb Zune HD. I played a lot of music and podcasts on it. The lack of an external speaker and MS piss-poor marketing dept killed it.
  • Also lack of Bluetooth
  • Sad day
  • I don't use Zune, but I'm disappointed that a lot of the apps on windows phone are getting discontinued which makes me a little worried
  • Only Zune wer introduced in India..and they closing their service
    Till now groove music player not introduces in india
  • After reading comments, I'm gonna install the software on my VAIO!!
  • Yes!! Zune software is awesome!
  • Great! We can all downgrade to Xbox Music....er wait....Groove....or what ever the hell they are calling that crap today.
  • I appreciate good services and software, but seriously, can we get over this already!? Sheesh....
  • Stellar UI for an mp3 player especially on the Zune HD. I use it daily but maybe not for long. I still have the old Halo collectors Zune & a couple of 4, 16, small players. Had high hopes on MS moving forward with the UI but...wahnt wahnt waah. Groove is not even close to being that kind of a player.
  • Ya-ba-da-ba-bo-hoo, say it ain't so. ...ZuneHD was a very good player and an excellent music experience. Sadly, however its time has past, and although Groove is lacking in some (many) areas, it is a decent music application. I feel that it is an improvement over Xbox music, and I believe MSFT will get  Groove to a point where it'll be one of the best premium music services available. Funny how Zune (oon) and Groove (oov), actually sound alike!
  • Zune, I'll never know why people disliked you.
  • Can we petition to have MS switch Groove back to Zune and actually make a decent music player for windows 10? I never owned a Zune unfortunately, but from what I've heard, everyone loved the UI and people actually bought WP because their Zune worked so well they decided, why not? MS is heading in the right and wrong direction recently, and they just need to listen to their fans and people who actually give a damn about the product.