On October 3rd, Zune Music Marketplace and Zune Music Pass will roll out in Canada, providing access to a growing music catalog from all the major labels, as well as tens of thousands of indie labels.
With this, Canadian users will be able to sign up for Zune Music at a monthly cost of C$9.99, or C$99.90 annually. The new Zune Music Pass, for Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows PC, Zune devices, and Zune.net, will allow the familiar unlimited downloads and streaming of (over 14 million) music tracks from major and indie labels, but will also include (beginning October 3rd) “tens of thousands” of music videos, streamed through the Zune PC software.
And, on October 3rd, these are coming to the US, as well — Starting Oct 3rd, US users will be getting Zune Music Pass at $9.99 per month. However, unlike the current Zune Music Pass offering, it will not include 10 MP3s to keep each month. In addition, as part of the new $9.99 offering, subscribers will be able to download songs and synchronize them on up to a total of four devices (1 PC + any combination of PC, Zune device and Windows Phone), and continue to enjoy unlimited access to streaming on Xbox 360 and on Zune.net.
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.
A Microsoft spokesperson clarify on what happens to current US subscribers as their subscriptions come up for renewal:
Current Zune Music Pass subscribers will be allowed to maintain the $14.99/10 keepers agreement or choose to switch to a $9.99/no keepers membership level once they are up for renewal.
[Via: Zune Insider]