After it seemingly got lost on a market that was obsessed with the iPod and iPhone of it all, after today, the Zune will cease to exist, at least when it comes to Microsoft.
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Yesterday, the company shut down any services that are related to the Zune, including the Zune Music Pass subscription program and the Zune marketplace, according to PC World. The termination was announced a few months ago, but devoted users hoped that something would change.
Anyone who was still subscribed to and using Zune Music Pass should have been automatically switched to Microsoft's newest venture, Groove Music Service. Those who were subscribed to annual or three month subscriptions and didn't want to continue to Groove Music were given pro-rated refunds of their money.
If you do have any songs on your Zune that came with a DRM that required renewal, they won't be available once the licensing runs out. Of course, most songs today don't come with a DRM, so you should be safe. The company has stated that they also won’t be repairing anything that comes up with Zune products.
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Microsoft stopped producing Zune hardware in 2008, but the product has held on with diehard fans. The line had interesting ideas that kept users wanting more, including a Metro design language that you can now find many other products containing. Unfortunately, they became a victim of Apple's dominance and Microsoft has now switched to Xbox for anything that has to do with music or videos. In July 2014, the company came out with Groove Music.