Zune may not be dead yet, but it is getting closer to the great beyond. Zune Pass subscribers are now receiving word that the service’s Mixview playback and channel playlist features will be discontinued on August 31st, along with music video streaming from the Zune desktop software. It’s a sad day for Zune users who are ever faithful to their device.
Those aren’t the only changes. User licenses to previously purchased music videos are being reworked as well, cutting off user access to old content on new machines. The service’s social aspect seems to be making way for Xbox Music since users will no longer be able to send or receive messages, invite friends or share songs, playlists, and play history.
They are also discontinuing Zune HD apps, not that they had many to begin with. Oh well, the Zune wasn’t meant to last.