Great news for Canadians with a Zune player, Windows Phone, Xbox, or even a PC – Microsoft’s Zune music service is set to launch in Canada. On October 3rd, the Zune Music Marketplace will open its doors to Canadians, providing access to more than 14 million tracks from major labels and indie artists. At the same time, Zune Music Pass will also become available to Canadians. The Zune Music Pass will provide unlimited music downloads, streaming, and videos through the Zune PC software and the Xbox 360 (available later this fall). The Zune Music Pass will be available for $9.99 a month or a yearly price of $99.90.
For our American readers, you’ll want to take note that to the changes coming to the US service. The Zune Music Pass will see a price drop to $9.99 a month and will no longer include 10 MP3s to keep each month. The current $14.99 package will no longer be available to new subscribers, but current subscribers can continue to use that service.
This is welcome news for Canadians that have been patiently waiting to take advantage of Zune on their Windows Phone, Xbox, and PCs. I’m very excited to finally have an alternative to the ugly and confusing iTunes service. Sadly, I don’t expect this will be usable for me, as the billing address on my Live account is locked to “United States” and Microsoft, after all these years, still refuses to understand that people do move between countries. Sorry, that’s not exactly true. The last time I talked with them, I was informed that they could change it if I moved between the US and Africa. Gee, thanks!