Zune Pass: The best thing since sliced bread?

This isn’t a review of Zune Pass, this is just some info for those that might not know just how cool Zune Pass is. I have been a Zune Pass subscriber since it’s inception and have loved ALMOST every minute of it. The only part I don’t like about Zune Pass is that it doesn’t work with my iPhone. I had to resort to Pandora for my music needs on the road since I don’t want to carry 2 devices each day anymore. Pandora doubled as my music discovery service. Now that I am going to be able to use my Windows Phone 7 devices with my Zune Pass, I am happier than a kid in a candy store.

So what is Zune Pass exactly? I will let Microsoft explain


With a Zune Pass, listen to millions of songs whenever you want—without having to buy millions of songs.

A Zune Pass subscription lets you stream and download as many songs as you like from Zune Marketplace and listen to them for as long as you hold your subscription (try it now for free for 14 days). You can get a Zune Pass that’s good for either one month, three months, or twelve months.

As long as your Zune Pass subscription is valid, you can:


  • Download an unlimited number of songs on up to three computers. You can swap out one computer every 30 days.
  • Play the songs an unlimited number of times.
  • Stream music from Zune.net anywhere you have an Internet connection.
  • Enjoy a never-ending stream of new music with Smart DJ directly from Zune Marketplace or Zune.net.
  • Sync the downloaded songs an unlimited number of times with up to three Zune players and Zune-enabled phones.
  • Use 10 monthly song credits for songs that never expire and are yours to keep forever—they become part of your permanent collection.
  • Find new artists among your channels, which are automatically updated playlists of new music exclusively for Zune Pass holders.

To put it in my words, Zune Pass is a service that acts as an all you can eat salad bar. It’s like renting music. How many albums these days are worth owning really? 1 a month? If so, you can download 10 DRM free songs per month as part of your subscription. You get to keep those, even after you cancel your Zune Pass subscription. I don’t know why you’d want to quit though. Once you try it, you’ll know what I mean.


Like I said, I have been using it since it came out. The timing was perfect too. Yahoo Music service, which I used for a couple years before Zune Pass was made available, shut down shortly before (or after, can’t remember) Zune Pass launched. The 10 free songs came out later, but it was worth the $15/mo without 10 free songs.

Do you have any Zune Pass stories to share?