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Microsoft's Zune Music Service To Shutter

SEATTLE, Washington (CelebrityAccess) — Bad news for the few remaining users of Microsoft's Zune music service as the company has announced plans to discontinue the product.

The Zune Music Service initially debuted with Microsoft's Zune mp3 player as a response to the success of rival Apple's iPod mp3 player and the iTunes music store, but apart from a few loyal adherents, the device and service failed to find much traction with consumers.

While Microsft's Zune Mp3 player was discontinued in 2011, the music service continued in various incarnations, most recently as a mobile phone app that connected to the Zune Marketplace that offered music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, music videos, and mobile applications.

However, the company announced this month that the Zune Marketplace was also coming to an end, and that all of its digital download and streaming services would be moved to their primary consumer entertainment focus, the Xbox Live/Windows 10 Platform.

Existing Zune Music Pass subscribers will be transitioned to the company's Groove Music Pass service. – Staff Writers