Leaving so Zune?

    November 8, 2006

Microsoft’s MSN Music store customers may soon be singing a different tune if they attempt to use a Zune portable player from the company.

If you were planning on using your shiny new Zune to download your music from the MSN Music Store, you should probably develop a Plan B. Microsoft announced that it will no longer be selling music from the MSN Music Store starting November 14th, when Zune goes on sale in the United States.

While the MP3 player is built to work with the MSN Music Store, Microsoft’s newly purchased tracks will not be compatible with the player itself.

The problem stems from the tracks being compatible with the Plays For Sure initiative, but “Since Zune is a separate offering that is not part of the Plays For Sure ecosystem, Zune content is not supported on Plays For Sure devices.”, says a spokesperson from Microsoft.

Users of the MSN Music Store may still access the music which they have purchased through the site, under the conditions that they burn CD’s for their own use or download the music onto compatible players.

Autmn Davis is a staff writer for WebProNews covering ebusiness and technology.