Microsoft is planning to introduce a lower priced version of its Zune Music Pass on October 3.
The software maker is planning to roll out its Zune Music Marketplace and Zune Music Pass to Canadian markets on October 3. Microsoft will offer its Zune Music Pass in Canada for C$9.99 month or C$99.90 annually. The company will also lower its U.S. service on October 3 to a new price of $9.99 per month. Both plans will provide on-demand access to more than 14 million songs and tens of thousands of music videos.
However, Microsoft’s new $9.99 offering will not allow subscribers to keep up to 10 MP3s each month. Subscribers will be able to download songs and sync them on up to four devices (1 PC + any combination of PC, Zune device and Windows Phone). New $9.99 Zune subscribers will be able to enjoy unlimited access to streaming on Xbox 360 and on Zune.net. Microsoft announced the changes at its Zune Insider site on Thursday.
The changes mirror similar subscription changes in Europe. Microsoft announced earlier this month that European Zune Music Pass subscribers would be allowed to sync their music on up to four devices. Microsoft had previously allowed European subscribers to sync content on up to six devices. Microsoft’s existing $14.99 Zune Music Pass will remain unchanged. Customers on the plan, with 10 monthly MP3 downloads, will be able to remain on the service and have access to streaming music videos. Microsoft plans to discontinue the $14.99 service to new subscribers on October 3.
Thanks to WinRumors reader Robert Klee for the news tip