It’s been years of waiting, but Microsoft is finally expanding the Zune service internationally — a move that precedes the big Windows Phone 7 launch. Version 4.7 of the Zune software will be the desktop sync client for WP7 devices, and as such it’ll be available in more than 20 countries. Don’t get too excited, though — Zune Marketplace is a much more complicated situation, since Microsoft has to hammer our agreements in every country, and it’s not coming everywhere with every feature. Here’s the breakdown:
- The Zune Pass subscription service will hit the UK, France, Italy and Spain, offering unlimited streaming for £8.99 / €9.99 per month but no ability to keep 10 tracks a month as with the $14.99 US service.
- Music purchases will arrive in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany, and the format will be unencumbered MP3.
- Video purchases will come to the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, with playback support across the PC, Xbox Live, and Windows Phone 7.
- Video rentals will hit the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and can be synced to the PC, Xbox Live, and Windows Phone 7.
Yep, it’s a little complicated unless you live in the UK or France, but we’re sure Redmond’s working furiously to wrap up all the deals it can. We’re also a little bummed that international Zune Pass subscribers won’t be able to keep 10 tracks a month, but hey — there’s a reason why America is awesome, and it’s not just football. Full PR after the break.