Microsoft released a newsletter stating that there will be some changes within Zune Music starting August 31. The following features will no longer be available after the 31st.
- Sending and receiving messages, inviting friends, sharing the songs, playlists, and albums you are listening to, and viewing past play history
- Mixview playback and channel playlists
- Apps for Zune HD
- Purchasing music videos or streaming them as a part of Zune Music Pass from the Zune PC software
- Re-downloading, re-activating, or re-licensing previously purchased music videos if / when you upgrade your PC.
Microsoft was quick to note that these changes will NOT affect music streaming or downloading an it seems that Zune Pass subscription will continue.
I’ve already download all Zune HD Apps as a backup on my local machine. I suggest you do too if you still have your Zune HD.