According to the FAQ page of Xbox website, Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace is set to retire as it will no longer offer sales and rentals of movie, music or TV contents as soon as August 22nd because of the closing of Microsoft Points. FAQ also suggests that the users will no longer able to redeem any points after the retirement date and they have to redeem the points before the closing period.
The application can be used still to stream music and pay contents from user’s personal videos and music media collections. It is advised to switch to Xbox apps instead of Zune Marketplace. Musics can be bought using Xbox app on Xbox 360, Windows PCs & tablets and through Windows Phone Marketplace for Windows Phone Smartphones. TV shows and musics can be purchased or rented from Xbox Video on the Windows 8 PC, tablets and Xbox 360.
As Xbox One is set to release late this year, users can get access to the Xbox videos on it. Even any web browsers and windows phone devices can access the Xbox videos.
If you have any Zune Music Passes, then “no worries”, it won’t be having an impact because of this retirement of Zune Marketplace. More information on this can be viewed directly on the Xbox FAQ page here. If you still have some MS Points with you, then it’s the time to redeem. What do you think – Are they doing the right thing at last?