Zune music subscription now includes 10 monthly downloads-to-keep

ZunepassMore news on the Zune front as the holiday season begins to heat warm up like mild baby bathwater. Earlier in the week, we saw price cuts on the Zune flash-based players, which left hard-drive shoppers out in the cold. Today, all current and potential Zune owners get another tidbit that’s pretty darn appealing. Starting today: all Zune Pass subsribers gain the ability to download and keep ten songs per month at no extra charge.

That means your $14.95 monthly subscription fee not only includes unlimited music streaming but could save you around $10 a month because you get to "buy" ten songs:

"Zune Pass subscribers will have the added benefit of retaining digitalrights management (DRM)-free MP3 tracks from Sony BMG and UMG, inaddition to MP3 tracks from EMI Music, Warner Music Group and a largeportion of the independent music labels. With the addition of tracksfrom UMG and Sony BMG, Zune will soon offer over 90 percent of itsmusic in the MP3 format."

That’s ten DRM-free MP3 audio files included with the unlimited streaming subscription. Looks like Microsoft is starting to think about how they can compete or differentiate themselves from Apple and Nokia’s "Comes with Music" deal. Now if they can add Zune support to Windows Mobile and get some marketing behind the ideas, I think they can start making some real progress.

(via The Mobile Gadgeteer)