Zune marketplace to retire, moves over to Xbox Music and Video

The Zune marketplace will no longer offer rentals or sales of TV, movie or music content as early as Aug. 22 due to the retirement of Microsoft Points, according to a Q&A posted to the Xbox website.

According to the post, when Microsoft Points are retired (a process which could begin as early as next week), Zune users will no longer be able to make purchases or rentals from its marketplace. The application will still be usable and will continue to stream music and play content from the user's personal media collection.

In place of the Zune marketplace, users are advised to switch to Xbox apps. Movies and TV shows can be rented or purchased from Xbox Video on the Xbox 360 and Windows 8 PC and tablets. Music can be purchased through the Xbox Music app on Windows 8 PCs, tablets and through the marketplace on Windows Phone.

When the Xbox One launches later this year, owners of the console will be able to access Xbox Video on it. Xbox Video will also be accessible on Windows Phone 8 and any web browser.

The changes will have no impact on those who have Zune Music Passes. More information on the changes being introduced to the Zune marketplace can be viewed here.

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