Microsoft has just sent me an email telling me that I can no longer have 6 devices associated with my Zune Music Pass (this is a new name for the Zune Pass) but instead I can only have 4 devices. the 6 devices used to be made up of 3 PCs and 3 mobiles devices (Windows Phones and Zune devices) however now there must be at least one PC and any combination of PCs and mobile devices make up the remaining 3 devices. Below is a screenshot of the email.
I am not happy with this at all. Being a UK subscribed I am already done out of a good deal because I don’t get to download and keep 10 tracks a month and now I can’t have Zune on all the devices I have become used to having it on. My current set up is 1 Windows Phone, 1 Zune 8GB, 2 desktop PCs (one at home and one at uni) and my notebook PC. With this change something will have to change and I’m not sure what I will have to drop. Thankfully this doesn’t seem to affect having an Xbox linked, although I don’t own one myself.
Aside from my gripe with announcement I think it interesting to note that the Zune HD nor any Zune device is mentioned in this email and that its only Windows Phones. Also I wonder if this announcement is a precursor to any other Zune related announcement that might be coming out over the next few weeks. September/October has often been the time of year for new Zune related news and products, we do have BUILD next week.
How does this news affect you?
Update: It would appear that this change is for Europe only, it just gets better and better!