Microsoft Expands Zune Music & Video In Europe

Microsoft has announced that their Zune media services are expanding into newer markets internationally. This will bring the Zune music, video and movie rental and subscription service to UK, Germany, Italy and Spain among a list of newer markets.

Speaking of functionality, the subscription service will not let users store any content locally. All media has to be streamed. People in the UK shall be paying £9 a month for access to the service whereas those in the rest of Europe shall shell out €10 monthly as subscription fee.

So what will you get at this fee? Here’s a rundown

Music purchase (U.K., France, Italy, Spain and Germany). Expansion to these markets will enable consumers to purchase MP3s and listen on their Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 or any other device that supports MP3 format. Users will also be able to purchase music videos to enjoy on Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 and Zune on Xbox LIVE.

Video purchase (U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

Consumers will now be able to purchase movies to download and watch anywhere — on the big screen in the living room with Xbox LIVE or their Windows-based PC as well as sync it to their Windows Phone 7 to enjoy on the go.(9)

Movie rental (U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

In addition to Zune video on Xbox LIVE, consumers in these countries will now be able to rent movies for viewing on their Windows-based PC or choose to sync the rental to their Windows Phone 7.