Microsoft is quietly testing the music component of the marketplace in Australia right now. It had been rumored before that it might be coming to the country soon. Zune 4.8 users who have their system location set to Australia and/or an Australian Live ID will now see the "Music" tab teasing the goods.
TechAU is reporting that Microsoft had posted to "watch this space" for availability on Facebook, but this looks to be a suggestion it may be soon.
After Microsoft Australia posted on Facebook yesterday promoting the new Universal Getmusic WP7 app, I jumped on the chance to ask them.. where's Zune.
"When are we getting Zune in Australia with all major labels ? You guys are freaking Microsoft, why can't you get this done ?"
"Other countries have announced availability. Please watch this space and when it's available in Australia, we'll let you know!"
Zune Music, Microsoft's flagship competitor to iTunes has been available for some time now, depending if you're in the right country. The "right" countries right now are the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, with the rest of the world either missing out entirely on the marketplace or only receiving small parts of it.
Zheng reports that if a user has their system locale set to "Australia" and are signed in with an Australian Windows Live ID, they should see the "music" tab under marketplace with a small selection of available songs.
According Zheng's post, songs cost 129 Microsoft Points, which is $2.13 AUD right now, and albums are priced at 1299 Points or $21.43 AUD.
Microsoft has also enabled "Podcasts" as we are now a country worthy enough to enjoy them.