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Microsoft Zune Pass Finally Coming To UK

Microsoft has started to offer the Zune Pass subscription in the UK in preparation for the launch of Windows Phone 7 towards the end of the year.

As first mentioned by Liveside.net (opens in new tab), you can already sign up for the service here now with prices starting from £8.99 for one month period and £26.97 for three months. There's also a 14-day trial pass which requires you to hand over your credit card details although you won't be charged.

Customers will be able to play tracks on the XBox 360, Windows and Windows Phone 7 and Zune devices. Technically Zune players are not available in the UK but a number of third parties (and sites like Ebay) offer them at competitive prices.

Zune Pass, which has been available for four years, is one of Microsoft's most useful service as it gives you unlimited access to millions of sound tracks for a fixed fee with 10 DRM free tracks for users to keep each month.

In April last year, we said that the Zune should become a Phone and that it would great if it could integrate with Windows Phone 7.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.