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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 29, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Zune introduces $9.99-a-month Music Pass, launches Music Marketplace in Canada

On Oct. 3, Zune, Microsoft’s music-and-video platform, will start offering a lower-priced $9.99 per month Music Pass, as well as launching the Zune Marketplace in Canada.

Here’s the deal, according to Microsoft’s Zune Insider:

“The ($9.99 per month) plan will provide unlimited, on-demand access to more than 14 million songs and tens of thousands of music videos. Unlike the current Zune Music Pass offering, it will not include 10 MP3s to keep each month. … Once the new Zune Music Pass offering is available, the $14.99 plan with 10 monthly MP3 credits will no longer be available to new subscribers. However, current subscribers can stay on their existing Zune Music Pass plan if they choose and will also have access to streaming music videos.

Bloomberg News reported in March that Microsoft was planning to cease introducing new versions of the Zune music and video player because of tepid demand, instead focusing on putting Zune software onto mobile devices such as those using the Windows Phone operating system.

A Microsoft spokesperson said today: “We do not have anything to share regarding Zune hardware at this time. Recently, we delivered new Zune features with the new Windows Phone 7.5 update and are looking forward to seeing new Windows Phone handsets from a number of OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). We are committed to providing the best movies, music, and TV show experiences through Zune Music + Video on Xbox, the PC, Windows Phone and Zune devices.”

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